The 58-year-one-time vocaliser admits the self-titled record led to the heavy metallic outfit becoming a "force to be reckoned alongside" inward the music manufacture.
The band released 'Metallica' - which has a dark embrace, compete amongst the band'second logo as well as a coiled snake - xxx years agone in August 1991, in addition to it has get known by fans as well as the grouping equally 'The Black Album'.
James said: "The 'Black Album' actually was the original central to everything.
"We started to be recognised together with talked virtually every bit a force to be reckoned amongst in the heavy metal globe - in addition to going beyond that, in the rock world, alongside bands like AC/DC as well as U2.
"We were super-proud to live a role of that legacy together with to be able to accept Metallica to the next level.
"And what made it all ameliorate was that the mainstream came to us.
"It was to live, yous know, inwards the grocery shop and person'second mom would order, 'Oh, my kids really beloved your music ... and and then do I.'
"So what the 'Black Album' did was ... well, it made us really popular, basically."
James believes the record - the band's fifth studio album, next on from the likes of 1983 debut 'Kill 'Em All', as well as 1986'second 'Master of Puppets' - gave Metallica the licence to "go where nosotros wanted to decease".
He added to Guitar World mag: "It gave us carte blanche to be any we wanted to be, in addition to to go wherever nosotros wanted to pass away.
"So we're real aware of what 'The Black Album' was, what it did too the doors it opened for us.
"And forthwith we're showing our honour for it."
Metallica are doing then by reissuing too remastering their 1991 album, which has sold 35 million copies worldwide.