Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler talks about Metallica

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With the publication of their breakthrough self-titled first album in 1970, Black Sabbath created the genre of Heavy Metal music. They also had a significant effect on a whole new generation of bands that emerged, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. One of them was Metallica, which elevated the genre to another level, making it heavier and quicker, being subsequently classified as a Thrash Metal sound.

Bassist and co-founder of Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler, discussed the American band with Loudwire. He expressed his admiration for their 1991 self-titled record, which is also known as “The Black Album,” but he wasn’t a huge fan of their earlier releases. Popular songs from that album were “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Sad But True,” “The Unforgiven,” and “Wherever I May Roam.”

Kirk Hammett on guitar, Jason Newsted on bass, Lars Ulrich on drums, and James Hetfield on guitar and vocals were the original members of the band. The band collaborated with renowned producer Bob Rock on the record. He had produced bands like The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Loverboy, and Kingdom Come in the past.

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler talks about Metallica

Geezer Butler said, “The modern metal bands had nothing to do with the sound Sabbath had apparently invented… Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ was a massive album in 1986, but I was more likely to be listening to soul or jazz.”

“I thought the riffs were great, great riffs. I always thought, ‘God, I wish I had written that.’ It’s just really good riffs and something I could relate to. (But) I couldn’t really relate to their earlier stuff.”

“I mean, a lot of people think the earlier stuff is the true Metallica, but it didn’t really appeal much to me. But when the ‘Black Album’ came out, it felt more appealing to my taste.”

Geezer continued, “(It was) one of the few metal albums I could listen to from beginning to end. I really enjoyed listening to it. There are very few albums of any genre that I can listen to from track one to the end. It’s one of those albums that I could listen to the whole thing and I’m really impressed with it.”

With an estimated 125 million records sold globally, Metallica is among the best-selling bands of all time. In 2009, they were also admitted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Black Sabbath was admitted three years prior by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.


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