The famous rock and roll photographer Ross Halfin posted the unseen photos of James Hetfield and his bandmates during the recording of The Black Album almost 30 years ago today.

As you may recall, the thrash metal legend Metallica released their fifth studio album named ‘Metallica‘ on August 12, 1991. The album, also known as The Black Album, included the best-known songs of the band, such as ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘The Unforgiven,’ ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ ‘Wherever I May Roam,’ and ‘Sad but True.’

‘The Black Album’ became Metallica’s best-selling album and the band’s first album to top the album charts. ‘Metallica’ also marked a change in the sound of the band from a thrash metal style to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal.

Recently on Instagram, the well-known photographer Ross Halfin revealed the rarely seen photos of James Hetfield and his bandmates. On the caption of his post, Halfin mentioned that the pictures were taken during the very first days of the ‘Metallica’ album’s recording 30 years ago.

As you will see in the photos below, Metallica members, particularly James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, seemed so young and ready to record one of the most iconic albums of their career.

Here’s what Ross Halfin stated on the caption:

Thirty years ago today Metallica went into the studio to begin making the Black Album. Here are a few photographs from throughout the sessions at One on One Studios in North Hollywood.”

You can see the photos Ross Halfin posted on his Instagram account below.