Many a die hard metallica fan may brush it aside when compared to their previous albumsbut this has to be in my opionion one of their best! And it keeps growing on you. I don't want to put down any of their other stuff as the classic metallica will always remainbut This is a true gem! Listen to it carefully and your ears are sure to proove me right. Unfortunately this album gets given a hard time, less so since St. Anger was released but nevertheless, too many "diehard" 'tallica fans seem to operate on the let's all club together and mercilessly slate this album principle.
Granted it isn't Master of Puppets of Justice and whilst everyone holds those albums to well deserved esteem I tend to feel that the "glory" days of 80's era Metallica are a bit overplayed and maybe given a little too much credit. Whilst 90's era Metallica probably has Met fans split down the middle, I tend to find this was probably their most prolific period to date.
Load is crammed with top quality tunes. For the most part it is rebellion against their 80's era, cutting across the grain of what was then deemed to be "great" Metallica content. Ain't My Bitch - a strong opener that growls into the album. A fun track to see played live I was fortunate enough to see them in 96 - during this period that is tongue in cheek and probably, a proverbial middle finger to the expected album that old school metallica fans screamed so hard for back in the day and still do now, sadly.
The House that Jack Built - never played live and probably because Hetfield pretty much recorded the majority of it himself, Album) perfectly exemplifies the quality of the album as a whole, it also features probably one of the best talk box guitar solos I've ever heard and is probably one of my favourite Metallica tunes of all time. Until It Sleeps - A brilliant single, that definitely had old school Met fans screaming in fear that their favourite group had "sold out" - again Hetfirled growls his signature tropes throughout and is a very catchy tune.
No wonder people were getting upset, much like the black album before it, Load with tracks like this was actually getting airplay and radio time. King Nothing - a proto sequel tune, if you will to Enter Sandman, heralded as such by Hetfields closing line of "we're off to never never land" This has recently found itself back on their live setlist and thank god it has, it still features one of Metallica's best intros, a wailing single note pitched and held for nearly a minute by Hammett.
Fear not though, Hetfield is soon growling his way through proceedings with another hook filled catchy number. Bleeding Me - 8 minutes of Metallica doing what noone expected them to, create something akin to an Alice in Chains style number that pretty much heralds how good Hetfield's lyric writing can sometimes be. While most will think me on a Hetfield love fest here, trust me when I say he peaks on this and the next album for songwriting and rarely displays the quality on display here.
Cure - back in the day, when I had this on Cassette, this was the opener for side two. The Bluesier side of the album, cure opens with a growly chuggy riff and again has Hetfield actually singing again and if I'm honest - is pretty damned enjoyable. Not particularly on a parr with the likes of Don't tread on me, but hey - still a lot of fun to listen to.
Poor Twisted Me - Metallica does Blues. Nuff said. Wasting My Hate - After "Ain't my Bitch" this tune is probably the closest they get to thrashy on the entire record. A great number and some more fab lyrics. Mama Said - If any Metallica song would split fans it would be this one, If memory serves this was written by Hetfied about the loss of his own mother, if you excuse the country style twang of Hammett's involvement, it is a rather haunting ode to losign a loved one.
I enjoy it, many hate it - make up your own mind. Thorn Within - If i'm honest, this is probably the closest Metallica get to "making do" - a "filler" track and probably never bothered with live. I often forget it's there. Sad, but alas true. Ronnie - Well, Metallica does blues again - never played live and that is a crime - fantastic riff - bold lyrics and another example of how tight this band can be. I really love this song. The Outlaw Torn - Well, no Metallica album would be complete without a ten minute track on it would it?
An unencumbered by Manufacturing restrictions version was released This album pushed the limits of a single CD at nearly 75 minutes - I believe the song ended up hitting the 12 minute mark on that version - it's a long sludgy, doomy riff driven journey and a great closer to the album as a whole.
I was 16 when this album was Album) and whilst I loved the earlier stuff, this album for me has become a bit like a fine wine that simply keeps getting better with age. This and it's follow up are definitely my favourite Metallica albums, they're a product of their time and they capture that period of Metallia's true spirit - they rebelled, rebelled against what was Ronnie - Metallica - Load (Cassette, rebelled against themselves and were a bold, uncompromising band that did precisely as they pleased - probably the most prolific they ever were in their careers.
The band that could genuinely do whatever they wanted, before the age of digital downloads, Metallica HQ, before Jason left - Metallica at their peak in my opinion A great album and not one to overlook simply because it isn't Album) enough - it's more metal than their most recent material, because it panders to noone, nor does it apologise for not doing so.
Give it a spin and remember the 90's fondly :. I really love this album from Metallica and although a lot of people, including die hard fans, dissed it and said it wasn't Metallica at their best, I think it was and it's good for a band to diverse a bit and not just keep churning out the same old crap. Nice one lads! Definitely worth the blood, sweat and Only purchased this because I thought it was a 7" Vinyl box set I was buying.
If Metallica had stayed in the "Thrash Genre" after Justice, they would not still be around. I know not everyone will agree but to me this album is as good and as important as Justice, Puppets, the Black Album, and yes, even St Anger. The title says it all really, Metallica at almost their best, Album).
Great tracks, nothing too bad on here at all. Metal mashing, head banging rock classics. Report abuse. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of Album). Garage, Inc. Master of Puppets Remastered.
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They continued to sell records worldwide even if their material after Metallica. Stories start, quiet town Small town boy, big time frown Never talks, never plays Different path, lost his way The streets are red, red I'm. Ain't My Bitch 2. The House Jack Built 4. Until It Sleeps 5. King Nothing 6. Hero Of The Day 7.
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