Metallica’s Black Album in smoke swirl vinyl is a slab of obsidian beauty - and it’s on sale now

Metallica Black Album Black Friday deal
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It’s hard to believe, but Metallica’s massive ‘Black Album’ is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. The band marked the milestone by reissuing the record on multiple formats, but if you want something a little bit special, then how about this beautiful Black Smoke Swirl double vinyl Walmart exclusive?

This was first released in January this year and to sweeten the deal, Walmart have reduced the price from $93.68 to $68.88 – a Blackened saving of close to $25.

Metallica: Black Smoke Swirl vinyl: $93.68 now $68.88

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You may already have Metallica’s massive ‘Black album’ in your collection, but do you have it on double Black Smoke Swirl vinyl? This is exclusive to Walmart. Get it now.

Speaking to Classic Rock about how Metallica made the Black Album, guitarist Kirk Hammett reflected: “The best parts of that album kind of just wrote themselves. Solos and music and songs felt like they just appeared out of nowhere. It was like the universe handed it to us on a platter. Not like the first four albums.”

As for how he came up with the iconic Enter Sandman riff, Hammett said: “It was three o’clock in the morning, I was sitting in my bedroom. People say: ‘What were you doing up at three o’clock in the morning?’ Well, I was still in tour mode. I was playing my guitar, I had nothing else to do.

“I’d been listening to Soundgarden all day. They were a band that me and James Hetfield loved. I was just trying to capture that feel.”

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Scott Munro
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Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.