Bruce Dickinson on the game-changing Black Album: “None of us had the balls to step up to the next level – but Metallica did”

(from left): Bruce Dickinson, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett
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Bruce Dickinson has discussed the game-changing impact that Metallica’s seminal 1991 self-titled album (known to most as the Black Album) had on the metal world, saying that the band stepped up to the plate to take the genre to the next level at a time when no other group would.

Dickinson made his comments while in conversation with Classic Rock magazine, stating that, despite the slew of household heavy-hitters floating around the scene at the time, Metallica were the only ones to grab metal music by the coat collars and drag it into the limelight.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.