Metallica co-founder and drummer, Lars Ulrich, shared a little-known photo from the ‘The Black Album’ era and also announced the release of the unfinished rough mix of ‘The Unforgiven’ really soon.
You might know that ‘The Unforgiven’ was the second single of Metallica’s fifth and self-titled album (a.k.a The Black Album) which was released back in 1991, and the song was co-written by James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Lars Ulrich himself. The recording was produced by Bob Rock and released by Elektra Records and it’s one of the most famous tracks of the history of ‘tallica.
While ‘The Unforgiven’ has two sequels, ‘The Unforgiven II’ from ‘Reload‘ and ‘The Unforgiven III’ from ‘Death Magnetic,’ today, Metallica drummer announced that the band will celebrate the song’s 30th Anniversary by releasing a rough mix from May ’91. The three covers of ‘The Unforgiven’ will be released on ‘The Metallica Blacklist‘ which will be a massive anniversary album that will feature 53 musicians from many different genres.
In the caption of the photo he shared, Metallica drummer also mentioned the long-time photographer of the band, Ross Halfin, who found that rare photo from the ‘The Black Album’ era.
Metallica drummer wrote this in the caption:
“The gauntlet was thrown down! ‘All Black Album’ era live pics for the rest of the summer!
Trying to find a few ones you may not have seen before. This one Ross Halfin just found somewhere… Maybe his scrap bin!
This week we’re celebrating ‘The Unforgiven’ with an unfinished rough mix from May ’91… As well as a couple of way insanely cool covers from HaAsh, Diet Cig, Vishal, Divine, and Shor Police.”
You can check out the photo and listen to the audio preview of the song below.