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4 stars Short hair? Check. Make-up? Check. Cigars? Check. Metallica have sold out! Oh no!!!

These are just some of the things the metal community were complaining about when Metallica released 'Load' back in 1995, but anyone with an open mind will find that there are some pretty good songs on here. The riffs may have slowed down, but there's still enough crunch here to send a bear running for the hills.

Whilst this may not be Metallica's best release, there are some songs on here that definitely stand side-by-side with anything Metallica had done before. 'Ain't My Bitch', 'Until It Sleeps', 'King Nothing' and 'Bleeding Me' are all classic songs. Even the country influenced 'Mama Said' is a great song (unless you're an 80's Metallica fan who STILL can't get over the 'Black Album').

But for all its strengths, there is one major problem that bugs me about this album. Alone, any song on this album is a great track. (And I mean any song, including 'Mama Said' and 'Ronnie'), but when you listen to the album all in one go, it definitely feels like you've listened to the same song over and over for the last hour. It's not that the songs are bad, just a bit 'same-y'. But if you isolate any song and listen to it on its own, it's a classic.

Maybe not Metallica's finest hour, but great none-the-less. Ignore the 'Metal' review of 'Load' and judge it for what it is, a great rock album.

Valarius | 4/5 |


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