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4 stars Being that this is progarchives, I give this album a 4 for it's progressive effort. Because despite being one of my least favourite Metallica albums, this album clearly has one of the most progressive influences out of Metallica's entire career. As a Metallica fan though, I wad disappointed in the album at some points because I thought it was very boring. Many songs throughout the album feature empty sounding distorted guitar that aren't even played in a way that's truly heavy metal... it just doesn't have as much energy as the last few albums. These songs with these boring parts though, also featured different sections where guitar solos and tempo changes in a progressive style made up for them. It's just that sometimes this album is hard to sit through. I have to be in the mood, and once I listen to it, I can't listen to it again for a long while.

Progressive fans would mostly enjoy the songs ...And Justice For All, One, and To Live Is To Die. One in particular is the best song on the album. I remember being amazed suddenly by hearing it on a radio station in Florida. Back in Pennsylvania, the radio stations up here always played the mainstream stuff from Black Album and Load and ReLoad. Those albums were good, but When I heard this song I thought who is this, it sounds like Metallica... and I remember describing the beginning as Angelic sounding followed by a slow progression into an extremely aggressive part where the drums sounded like machine gun fire, and amidst the rhythm guitar, an amazing guitar solo came in suddenly. Then there was a pause, and after more machine gun drums, another progressive guitar solo came in! The structure of these albums is what makes them progressive.

Anyway, 4 because it's an amazing progressive effort that can get boring at some parts. But if this was in a metal community, I'd give it a 3... ordinarily to get a 2, but brought up by such classics as One and the title track.

HammerOfPink | 4/5 |


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