James Hetfield Discusses "Nothing Else Matters" 20 Years Later

Yesterday, at the first-annual Orion Music + More festival, Metallica performed their fabled Black Album (buy on iTunes) for the first time on U.S. soil, including the American debut of "The Struggle Within." The performance came as part of a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band's eponymous fifth studio album (which was actually released in 1991).

In a new interview with The Village Voice, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett open up about an album that ultimately proved to be a turning point for the band, outselling any previous released while polarizing fans. One of the key tracks that signaled a departure from the band's thrash-metal roots was "Nothing Else Matters," a very personal song for frontman James Hetfield.

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.