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3 stars The album that won Metallica the best debut album and best newcomers in several teenybopper magazines.

A lot of things has been said about this album. A lot of copies has been sold of this album too. Plus minus fifteen million copies, if I am not mistaken. Which is very respectable for a thrash metal band. Then again, this album is not a thrash metal album either. This is a punk inspired heavy metal album with some power ballads included too. Not to mention anthems and hit singles. This is a very commercial album and the right album for it's time.

Where do I start when describing the music ? The anthem Enter Sandman is a good start. The two ballads Nothing Else Matters and The Unforgiven is also anthems, together with Sad But True. The rest is punk inspired heavy metal which mirrored the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990 very well. This was just before the heavy metal scene met it's Nirvana in the form of Kurt Cobain & Co. A meeting with the iceberg, in other words. But Metallica kept floating on this album alone and has done it to this day.

The music is nothing really remarkable. It is Metallica's break with thrash metal and their taste of big dollars. I think this album is good, but nothing more. But I do not deny that it is a giant in the history of heavy metal. But three stars is sufficient from me.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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