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4 stars It's hard to believe how much Metallica's music had matured within a year of their debut album 'Kill 'Em All'. With plenty of clean guitar melodies and guitar harmonies, this is a band that has grown tighter and stronger as time went by.

James Hetfield seems to be more confident as a singer here, and the band all-round seem a lot more comfortable with where they are headed musically. The lyrics are better thought out and the song- writing as a whole is a lot more complex and established than what we heard on their previous album.

Though some of these songs are instant classics such as 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', 'Fade to Black', 'Creeping Death' and 'The Call of Ktulu', there is a problem with tracks five and six. Though not terribly bad songs, they have a horrible smell of filler lingering around them. A fact shown true by the band themselves, who never play them live. And let's be honest here, is there anyone who can actually claim that their favourite Metallica song is 'Trapped Under Ice'?!

As with Kill 'Em All, these songs do not take away any momentum of the album. The album flows smoothly all the way untill the last melodies of 'The Call of Ktulu'. One of the biggest Heavy Metal albums of all time, there's enough diversity here that non-Metal fans may even like what they hear.

Valarius | 4/5 |


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