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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fuel (4:29)
2. The Memory Remains (4:39)
3. Devil's Dance (5:18)
4. The Unforgiven II (6:36)
5. Better Than You (5:21)
6. Slither (5:13)
7. Carpe Diem Baby (6:12)
8. Bad Seed (4:05)
9. Where the Wild Things Are (6:52)
10. Prince Charming (6:05)
11. Low Man's Lyric (7:36)
12. Attitude (5:16)
13. Fixxxer (8:14)

Total Time 76:04

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Line-up / Musicians

- James Hetfield / vocals, guitar
- Lars Ulrich / drums
- Kirk Hammett / lead guitars
- Jason Newsted / bass

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CD Elektra Records (1997)

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2.07
(237 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(3%)
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Excellent addition to any rock music collection(6%)
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Review by progrules
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3 stars Strangely this is a very low rated output by Metallica and I haven't got a clue why really. Probably it has something to do with their efforts in the past which are obviously way better and more impressive. But then still the question remains: is this a bad or poor album on itself ? And then I simply say: no ! Music is poor when it's poorly executed or written but that's not the case here. I even rather would have given this album 4 stars than 2 to be honest.

I even would want to go that far to state that I'm not bored for one second when I listen to the entire 76 minutes this release counts. All songs are at least good, some even very good (like the great closer Fixxxer). And then I'm not even a true fan let alone fanboy who wants to hear nothing bad about the band. I'm just judging what I hear and can come to only one conclusion: this is a good album. Ok, maybe not essential, but good; nothing less ! So three stars it is.

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Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Review by ProgBagel
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2 stars Metallica - 'Reload' 2 stars

Metallica Reload's, but comes up empty yet again.

It is pretty much just a left-over from the equally terrible 'Load' album. The worst part about this album is it nearly runs for the entire 80 minutes! To add to that liability, only two songs were even worthy of being somewhat remembered. This sound of Metallica was just one of the worst things that can happen to a successful band. Unfortunately, things indeed got a little worse down this terrible change in career path.

Only recommended to Metallica die-hards and anyone willing to waste a few bucks.

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Review by UMUR
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2 stars "Reload" is the 7th full-length studio release by American heavy metal act Metallica. The album was released in November 1997 by Vertigo Records. The 13 songs on the album were written during the sessions that took place before the release of their previous studio album "Load (1996)". These tracks are however not leftover tracks from the "Load" sessions. 27 tracks were written during the sessions but as Metallica had been offered to play on the Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1996 they opted to release a single CD album with the material they had finished recording instead of the double CD release they had initially planned. Thus 13 songs were left unfinished and Metallica went into the studio with producer Bob Rock again in October 1996. The recording sessions lasted until July 1997 and "Reload" was released in November 1997.

As expected the music style on "Reload" is very similar to the style of music on "Load". Heavy metal with bluesy hard rock/ heavy rock elements. Youīll often hear the statement that the tracks on "Reload" are leftover tracks from "Load" but I think the quality is just as high (or low) as on "Load". The album seriously lacks highlights though and while the tracks are mostly of an acceptable quality they are rather mediocre and unremarkable compared to the material on earlier releases.

The sound production is similar to the one on "Load". Professional but not up to par with the sound on "Metallica (1991)".

I donīt consider "Reload" a bad album or a failure in any way, but itīs overall an unremarkable and mediocre release. Especially considering the high quality of the bandīs first 5 albums. Metallica simply sound uninspired. Itīs like the hunger isnīt there. Iīd say somewhere between a 2.5 - 3 star rating is warranted.

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Posted Monday, July 13, 2009

Review by poslednijat_colobar
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1 stars Load part II

Reload continues the style of its predecessor - Load, but this time even worse than the first. Most of the songs are absolute irritating and illogical. They are much worse than a mainstreem radio songs. The Memory Remains, The Unforgiven II and Low Man's Lyric are exception. All of them are memorable and contain melody in contrast with the others. On Reload rules again blues, country and alternative music combined in inappropriate and unbalanced style. Because of the presence of less good songs than on Load and because of the presence of less good themes in the poor songs, Reload should be ranked lower than Load. The other reason for than wil be the less number of fresh and innovative ideas here. It could be considered as a lazy and boring release with using of universal chords that can be heard in 50% of radio rock songs. That's why they are lazy and boring: made without a will. 1,5 stars

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Review by jampa17
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1 stars More of the same. The flow changed, maybe it work for them, but not for me.

Well, this is a back to back album called in a very original way ReLoad. The same thing, lame composition, just straight metal with short songs and some kind of aggressive sound, but that sounds like a joke if you make a comparison with their old material. As well as with the Load album, the songs are pretty forgettable. If you don't pay too much attention, you can make a headbanging here and there but that's it, really, a forgettable album.

The only song that I really like is Fuel, because is fresh and aggressive but the album end up plain. So, I don't recommend this album. Maybe it work for background music for a party with the boys, but if you pay too much attention you will end up boring. Not progressive elements, just straight metal and that's it.

1 star is very fair. Nothing save this album of being poor.

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Review by JJLehto
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1 stars Load...of crap. Maybe its second half will be its better half?

NOPE

Actually, it's worse. I really do not want to go into any of the songs, and that's OK because there is not much to go into. Generic, boring...when can I stop using these words? Even though it was bad, at least Load sounded kind of cool. ReLoad does not.

As a true metal head, it pains me to hear "this album is not prog at all, but a regular metal album" because this is simply not true. I would not consider ReLoad, or the 2 albums prior, metal. And even if I had to, they are not good ones.

According to Lars, "that, to me, is what Metallica are all about: exploring different things. The minute you stop exploring, then just sit down and f**king die". While I absolutely won't disagree with that, and in fact think exploring is a good thing, an experiment can go wrong...OK, enough dancing around. This album is terrible.

One star

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Review by tarkus1980
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3 stars Believe it or not, I actually like this album more than its predecessor. The actual songwriting isn't that much better (after all, these were recorded in the same sessions), but what sets this album apart is how weird it is. Ostensibly, these are (for the most part) the odder, more "experimental" songs that the group had done in those sessions, and which hadn't been fully mixed by the time Load was ready for release. One thing that comes out of this is that I really don't get how this could possibly be considered a mainstream or "alternative" album - this is not conventional rock music, by any means. If I may make an analogy (analogies are fun!), this can be considered the Metallica version of the Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup (and come to think of it, "Devil's Dance" kinda reminds me of "Dancing With Mr. D"); a weirdly decadent mix of various styles done by a previously "conventional" rock band. Of course, this album is way worse than GHS, with a ton of filler threatening to drown out the best moments, but it still deserves some credit in the grand scheme of things.

The album starts off normally enough, of course. "Fuel" is a fabulous, powerful riff-rocker, replete with solid vocal harmonies, and its overexposure around the time of release way back when never quelched my love for it. The second song, though, is a weird cross between ultra- mainstream "alternative" rock and the experimentation of the rest of the album. Not that that's a good thing in this case; "The Memory Remains" is close to my least favorite Metallica song of all time, as it's an almost ridiculously repetitive weak, weak attempt at hard rock, complete with a cameo from Marianne Faithful that starts off seeming clever and ends up feeling incredibly stupid and gimmicky. It's followed by a positive number, though, in the aforementioned "Devil's Dance," a mid-tempo stomper with well-produced grumbling, battling guitars and overdone-but-still- enjoyable "menacing" vocals. It's a clear keeper, that's for sure.

"The Unforgiven II," then, is hilariously, offensively bad. It's one thing to ape a previously well- received song for a new number in order to use the good will for that song as a crutch; it's another to prop up its rotting corpse a la Weekend at Bernie's and then rape and desecrate its rotting corpse when you're done with it. There are certain things in rock music that are fundamental offenses against nature, and one of them is not only naming a song "*Already famous song* II" (unless it's "Larks' Tongues in Aspic," of course) but using that full title in the actual lyrics. And that's all I'm going to say about it, else I get angry and blustery while typing.

Aside from a great, great up-tempo 70's-style rocker (with Sabbath-quality riffs) in "Prince Charming," as well as a surprisingly decent seven-minute acoustic ballad in "Low Man's Lyric," the rest of the songs hit neither the highs nor lows of the songs already mentioned. "Slither" stands out slightly both because its main riff is pretty similar to that of "Enter Sandman" and because of its creepy vocal harmonies, "Carpe Diem Baby" has a teeth-gritting, slightly unpleasant (in a good way) set of riffs and some oddly ok vocals, and, uh ... "Where the Wild Things" Are has some pretty ugly (again, in a good way) guitar interplay. None of these are great, but none of them are even remotely bad either. As for the rest of the songs, well, I never feel like I'm listening to a "typical" album when listening to them; I don't really like the other songs, but I like how moderately unusual they are as a whole.

In the end, this is another giant heap of filler smattered with a few good songs, and while this has more low points than Load does, the filler tends to be more interesting on the whole than Load's filler. Again, an hour-long album consisting of the best material from these two behemoths would probably merit a **** rating; as is, the amount of sludge to be slithered through between these two albums makes such an assessment impossible.

PS: If you're interested, my ideal 1-hour Load Sessions album would look like this:

"Ain't My Bitch" "Until it Sleeps" "Devil's Dance" "2x4" "Low Man's Lyric" "Fuel" "King Nothing" "Prince Charming" "Mama Said" "The Outlaw Torn"

Lead single: "Hero for the Day"

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2 stars Metallica's seventh album and the follow up to Load. Those who thought Metallica could not sink any lower than they did on Load were up for a nasty surprise. Reload is a reload of the ideas from Load. That is, only worse. The sound on Reload is dirty and with more than some hints of Trouble ... (read more)

Report this review (#355460) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, December 17, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This may seem an unpopular opinion, but I'm going to go ahead and give this record four stars. I feel the biggest problem regarding this album is that it generally has such a bad reputation that most peoples opinion of it gets swayed by what everyone else is saying. I'm not saying everyone is a shee ... (read more)

Report this review (#265108) | Posted by Valarius | Tuesday, February 09, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The leftovers of Load. I might be in minority thinking that the style change marked by Load was a great move and that Load itself is a magnificent album. Well, ReLoad continues with the same style (bluesy heavy rock with touches of alternative rock) but it's a much more weaker effort from Metallic ... (read more)

Report this review (#231328) | Posted by nikow | Thursday, August 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Yawn! This is one of the most boring rock albums I've ever heard. It's got some blues rock tendencies, and there's nothing wrong with blues rock in general - if the artist is able to actually play interesting and engaging blues rock. It's got some alternative rock tendencies, and there's nothing ... (read more)

Report this review (#227236) | Posted by Time Signature | Friday, July 17, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars After the controversy caused by the release of “Load”, a very strong album that showed the new direction Metallica went through, “Reload” was released, an album mostly filled with the tracks that didn't make it onto “Load”. At least some songs of this album we ... (read more)

Report this review (#187525) | Posted by Nhorf | Friday, October 31, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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