During a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson talked about METALLICA and the monumental success of the group’s 1991 self-titled record, also known as the Black Album.
“Ourselves, JUDAS PRIEST, and PANTERA all reached a crossroads where we had the chance to really step up to the next level. But none of us had the balls to do it. METALLICA did, though. You have to give them huge credit for grabbing the opportunity when it came up, taking the risk, and deservedly reaping the enormous rewards. You cannot underestimate their achievement with this album.
“It’s one of those seminal albums, that just gets it right,” Bruce continued. “It’s extremely well-produced, and every note on that album is totally under control. I admire how they did it, and what they did with the songs, and it was very effective: it undoubtedly did help push metal into the mainstream.
“I know it wasn’t Mutt Lange who produced it, but Bob Rock had that similar thing where the producer was very much in control. We could never do an album like that because we’re not that under control, and we don’t want to be. With us, the wheels would fall off the bus and we’d end up firing the producer!”
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have previously announced their 17th studio album, Senjutsu, which will be released on September 3rd via Parlophone Records (BMG in the USA).
You can pre-order album via Amazon here.