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3.26 | 534 ratings

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2 stars The honeymoon is over.

I have to admit, that this record still shocks me to this day, and not in a good way. Metallica, after 4 excellent albums that one could very well argue are progressive metal, go downhill fast with this release. Sympathetically titled by many fans as "The Black Album", this has always been an album that made me wonder how whether or not I liked it every time I listened to it.

Metallica can no longer be referred to as progressive, but only in terms of thrash metal. I will admit that this is one of the better thrash metal albums, but for some reason I think only part of it has ever fit my tastes. It has a few good songs on here such as the classic Sandman, Sad but True, The Unforgiven, and The God That Failed, but not even the best songs have any trace of prog in them anymore. I think that last time I listened to this album was a few months ago (with an intent of reviewing it then), and I would have a hard time convincing myself to give it another spin anytime soon. Even as much as I used to like Metallica, I have come to like this album less and less as time goes by. I'd give it 3 stars for a few good songs, but the songs that aren't good I find fairly weak, so this gets knocked down to a 2. Save your money unless you like Metallica's first 4 studio efforts and want to see what the last flicker of light before a long, dark tunnel is like.

horsewithteeth11 | 2/5 |


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