Metallica release as-yet-unheard rough mix of The Unforgiven from May 1991

James Hetfield
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Metallica have shared a rough mix of The Unforgiven, the latest preview of their highly anticipated Black Album reissue, due September 10.

The Black Album (formally named Metallica) was recorded with producer Bob Rock between October 1990 and June 1991 and had a famously fraught inception, with multiple mixes and endless takes.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.