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Metallica (also known as The Black Album because of its largely black and nearly-featureless cover) is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Metallica.
Metallica was released August 12, 1991 through Elektra Records and is the band's best-selling album to date, with 14.85 million copies sold in the United States alone. In 2003, the album was ranked number 252 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
On the cover, only the band's logo and a coiled snake (derived from the Gadsden flag - which can be seen hanging on a wall in the "One on One" recording studio where the album was recorded) are visible. The motto of the Gadsden flag, Don't Tread on Me, is also the title of a song featured on the album.
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