Photographer Ross Halfin chronicles Metallica's 'Black Album' with comprehensive new photo book

Making major headlines with the announcement of their 30th anniversary remastered edition of their self-titled album, better known as The Black Album, Metallica also unveiled plans to release, 'Blacklist,' an expansive 53-artist reimagining of the landmark achievement in music.

Photo by Ross Halfin

Set to accompany the anniversary editions of the seminal album, Metallica has also announced the October arrival of The Black Album in Black & White, a compressive photo book featuring the work of iconic rock photographer, Ross Halfin.

For the Black Album sessions, Halfin remained entrenched with Metallica joining the band on tour for the 300-date trek that spanned between 1991-93. During that time, Halfin capture the band's most intimate moments including rehearsals, interviews, band meetings and some of the most memorable performances of the era.

"By the time the songs and the recording were coming together, the confidence level was at an all-time high, and we felt better than ever about who we were and how we viewed ourselves with regards to being photographed," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said of the book.

We wanted to give these songs and this album the highest profile we could give them, and Ross was ready and willing to do that," guitarist Kirk Hammett added. "To this day, I still think he's one of the best live concert photographers ever."

Metallica: The Black Album In Black & White, arrives on October 19 via Reel Art Press. There will also be an accompanying deluxe, limited, signed edition of the book available. Preorders are currently available - HERE

Photo by Ross Halfin