30 Years Ago: Metallica Wake Up the Mainstream with ‘Enter Sandman’

It’s hard to believe 30 years have passed since “Enter Sandman” completely changed the way the mainstream viewed heavy metal. Metallica ended up with one of the biggest hits of their career, shifted both radio and MTV in one fell swoop, and it all happened by riffing on a nightmare scenario of getting sand in your eyes when going “off to never-neverland.”

I took a look at the way the track came to be and how the success of it set the stage for the rest of what became known as The Black Album at Ultimate Classic Rock. Check out the piece here, and view the video below.


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