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METALLICA is a heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in the United States, in 1981. Although not directly a progressive-metal band, their influence on the genre is undeniable, not only due to the mark their music made in major acts like DREAM THEATER or FATES WARNING, but also because at least two of their early albums are considered by most prog-metal experts as pioneering efforts in the genre, and arguably progressive-metal's first real albums. Though METALLICA's music gradually became less progressive with each subsequent release, their first four records are amongst the most forward-thinking in metal's history, and have been widely regarded as masterpieces without which the progressive-metal genre would not be what it is today.

It all started when Danish drummer and amateur tennis star Lars Ulrich moved from his homeland to the United States in 1979. Although his original intention was to become a successful tennis player, he soon traded his racket for a pair of drumsticks as he decided to live his passion for heavy metal and bands like IRON MAIDEN and DIAMOND HEAD. This latter one played a particularly important role in the drummer's development when they allowed him to tour with them after he went to see the group play live in the United Kingdom in 1981.

1981 was also the year where Ulrich met guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, after the latter answered to an announcement in a newspaper looking for a guitarist to "jam to the music of TYGERS OF PAN TANG, DIAMOND HEAD and IRON MAIDEN" that Lars had posted days ago. The two would become partners and the main creative force behind the band which they soon created, called METALLICA. To record a song for an upcoming metal compilation, METALLICA looked for a lead guitarist. After unsuccessfully trying out Lloyd Grant on the first recording of "Hit the Lights", which was met with favorable comments from the underground metal community, they found a more stable line-up when they hired Dave Mustaine to replace him. With Hetfield's high school friend Ron McGovney joining them on bass, they re-recorded "Hit the Lights" for the second edition of the Metal Massacre compilation and several other demos that helped them make their name known in the world wide metal underground.

McGovney wouldn't last long as his lackluster skills were soon eclipsed by the mastery of the instrument that Hetfield and Ulrich were able to behold in the hands of Cliff Burton when they saw him perf...
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METALLICA discography


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METALLICA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.37 | 341 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.05 | 433 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.09 | 547 ratings
Master of Puppets
1986
3.94 | 462 ratings
... And Justice for All
1988
3.20 | 392 ratings
Metallica
1991
2.38 | 265 ratings
Load
1996
2.12 | 261 ratings
Reload
1997
1.64 | 300 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.38 | 305 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.13 | 166 ratings
Lulu (with Lou Reed)
2011

METALLICA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.92 | 48 ratings
Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge
1993
1.88 | 8 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.49 | 144 ratings
S & M
1999

METALLICA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.43 | 21 ratings
Cliff 'Em All
1987
2.08 | 7 ratings
2 of One
1989
3.10 | 10 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Pt. 1
1992
3.79 | 10 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica... Continued (Pt. 2)
1992
4.07 | 15 ratings
Cunning Stunts
1998
3.84 | 44 ratings
S&M
1999
2.50 | 6 ratings
The Metallica DVD Collection Sampler
2000
3.50 | 16 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica
2001
3.80 | 33 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
4.00 | 10 ratings
Live in San Diego
2005
1.06 | 7 ratings
Metallica- Kill Em All To St. Anger (The World's Greatest Albums)
2005
3.61 | 14 ratings
The Videos 1989 - 2004
2006
3.25 | 4 ratings
Français Pour Une Nuit
2009
2.80 | 5 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
2012
2.92 | 5 ratings
Through the Never
2014

METALLICA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.40 | 5 ratings
The Good, the Bad and the Live
1990
3.37 | 106 ratings
Garage Inc.
1998
3.25 | 4 ratings
Vinyl Box Set
2004

METALLICA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Ron McGovney's '82 Garage Demo
1982
3.67 | 3 ratings
Power Metal demo
1982
3.50 | 2 ratings
No Life 'til Leather demo
1982
2.67 | 3 ratings
Metal Up Your Ass demo
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
Horsemen Of The Apocalypse demo
1983
3.33 | 6 ratings
Ride The Lightning demo
1983
3.50 | 6 ratings
Whiplash
1983
2.43 | 14 ratings
Jump in the Fire
1984
3.47 | 17 ratings
Creeping Death
1984
2.94 | 28 ratings
The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1987
2.38 | 9 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
1988
2.98 | 12 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
1988
3.82 | 21 ratings
One
1989
2.67 | 11 ratings
Enter Sandman
1991
2.69 | 13 ratings
The Unforgiven
1991
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium
1992
3.90 | 10 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
1992
3.18 | 9 ratings
Sad But True
1992
3.90 | 10 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
1992
5.00 | 1 ratings
15 Pieces Of Live Shit promo
1993
2.48 | 6 ratings
One
1993
1.80 | 6 ratings
Until It Sleeps
1996
3.15 | 4 ratings
Hero Of The Day
1996
3.60 | 5 ratings
King Nothing
1996
2.33 | 3 ratings
Mama Said
1996
3.33 | 6 ratings
Fuel
1997
3.00 | 6 ratings
The Memory Remains
1997
2.57 | 7 ratings
The Unforgiven II
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
4.00 | 4 ratings
Turn the Page
1998
2.83 | 6 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
1999
3.00 | 4 ratings
Die Die My Darling
1999
5.00 | 2 ratings
No Leaf Clover
1999
3.17 | 6 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
1999
3.44 | 9 ratings
I Disappear
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
Bay Area Trashers
2001
2.57 | 5 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
2003
3.33 | 6 ratings
St. Anger
2003
1.46 | 7 ratings
Frantic
2003
2.36 | 9 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
1.00 | 1 ratings
Live From Live Earth
2007
3.30 | 10 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
2008
2.12 | 7 ratings
My Apocalypse
2008
2.49 | 9 ratings
Cyanide
2008
2.88 | 6 ratings
The Judas Kiss
2008
3.97 | 13 ratings
All Nightmare Long
2008
3.00 | 4 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
2009
1.62 | 4 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
2010
3.50 | 2 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
2010
2.75 | 32 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011

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 ... And Justice for All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.94 | 462 ratings

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Review by Necrotica

4 stars Back when the name "Metallica" actually meant something to the metal community, there was a quadrilogy... a "tetrology" if you will... the four great champion albums of Metallica's otherwise polarizing body of work. Kill 'Em All was the raw attempt to kick the listeners' asses in a full-throttle riff fest; Ride the Lightning was the symbol of maturity, mixing aforementioned rawness with the air of progression; Master of Puppets is the magnum opus fans beheld as the climax, the absolute peak of the 80's metal movement. And where was ...And Justice For All in all of this excitement? In the annals of thrash history as their black sheep? for the 80's, anyway (don't even get me started on St. Anger or their more recent years).

While Master of Puppets presented a cleaner and more "developed" approach for the Metallica bandwagon, no one could have predicted the sudden change of pace their next album would bring. Even longer songs? Nearly nonexistent bass? An even more progressive approach to songwriting? Indeed, the album was an interesting departure from previous works, and despite the high sales of 8 million copies, many were poised to dislike it because of its oddities. In hindsight, however, this proved to be essential for the thrash band, harboring some of their best songs to date.

If there's one thing that was always commendable about 80's Metallica, or even in other Metallica records, it is the integration of honest emotional depth in their songwriting, and it shines in the best possible way here. Band staple "One" is perhaps the best example, combining building dynamics with extremely heartfelt lyrics about a soldier fighting in World War I (based on a book, mind you). The song has a real tendency to bring me to tears because of its subject matter and the emotional speed metal climax to close it off. Then there's "To Live is to Die," which barely uses any lyrics, but rather combines its interweaving guitar harmonies with multiple dynamic contrasts (mainly in the middle section in which Kirk's guitar sound resembles two harmonizing violins) to get its point across. James Hetfield recites a poem near the end, symbolizing the loss of their previous bassist Cliff Burton and their mourning for him. This is a great example of what music is supposed to do; it should be able to tap into a listener's feelings as if it's an old friend that you can come back to anytime to share memories, whether happy or sad; it's what makes us who we are today.

As if that wasn't enough, the metal numbers are fantastic all the same. Songs like "Blackened" and "Dyers Eve" are the "Battery" and "Damage Inc." of this record, ripping through your face as if it were tissue but still with fresh song structures and the occasional tempo change to boot. More variety is implemented as well, with "Harvester of Sorrow" having a slower groove than the usual thrash tune and "Eye of the Beholder" utilizing a strange mid-tempo atonal riff. Sure, "Blackened" used similar notation in its riff, but it was faster and much less noticeable. Just when you thought things were getting too conventional, the song slows down for a 12/8 section (once again tying in with that progressive style) and Hetfield starts singing in a more off-beat, syncopated fashion. It works, though, and keeps you wondering throughout.

Sadly, though, the lack of then-newcomer Jason Newsted in the bass department is quite disappointing. Supposedly, the band turned his bass volume all the way down so he wouldn't overshadow Cliff's playing, quite a controversial move on their part. While Newsted would get his big chance and succeed on The Black Album a few years later, the lack of bass here is disappointing, especially given the complexity of the record. Also, a few songs (especially the title track) have a tendency to drag a bit, occasionally creating a dull or repetitive moment where a solo or more varied section could have been added.

If that's all that is wrong with this, though, that's not saying a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. ?And Justice For All is a true masterpiece in the thrash world (hell, even the metal world in general) and deserves the increasing praise it's garnered in recent times. While it does have its clunky moments and flaws, the moments that are good are just flat-out triumphs. Honestly, those triumphs are exactly what makes this record work.

The good:

-Precise instrumentation -Good emotional depth -Well-composed riffs -Great soloing -Surprisingly solid drumming

The bad:

-Almost no audible bass -Occasionally bloated

(Originally published on Sputnikmusic)

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 S & M by METALLICA album cover Live, 1999
3.49 | 144 ratings

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Review by Wicket
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5 stars Behind Between The Buried And Me's "Parallax II: Future Sequence", "S&M" is one of the greatest metal albums that's ever graced my ears.

Not necessarily because of the music itself, but the way that it's approached.

Let's back up then: Cliff Burton, Metallica's bassist who passed away in 1986, always loved the possibility of combining classical music with heavy metal. After all, it makes sense. Just today I saw another article on a study showing that both classical and heavy metal listeners have almost identical personalities, with emotional release being the key feature in both genres. Always looking to do something like that, the group looked at Deep Purple's Concerto For Group And Orchestra from 1969 and decided, "hey, let's do something like that!".

And honestly, I'm glad they did. I'm a fan of Metallica's music, but from an emotional perspective, it's never done much. Thrash metal really just doesn't in general (even though thrash metal fans will now chastise me for saying Metallica and "thrash metal" in the same sentence. Calm down, ladies, I'm trying to make a point). But the incorporation of, not just an orchestra backdrop, but music specifically COMPOSED to accompany these tracks is frankly, pure genius. The man behind the genius, Michael Kamen, wasn't known as a composer, rather a conductor for the San Fran symphony, but since he also did a similar thing with Roger Waters' performance of "The Wall" in Berlin roughly 8 months after the actual wall fell, this wasn't his first rodeo.

And frankly, it's just a stroke of emotional genius. Opening with Morricone's infamous "Ecstasy Of Gold" may be a bit cliche, but it all makes sense with "Call Of Ktulu". Immediately the orchestra presence is known, and adds a crucial extra dimension to what otherwise would've been a straightforward thrash instrumental. The big breakdown section before the main guitar theme reprises doesn't sound very epic in studio. With the orchestra, it sounds like god damn trailer music. The show has literally just started and I'm giddy like a little schoolgirl.

And then once "Master Of Puppets" starts, forget it, I've died and gone to heaven. It's a completely different song. The riffs might be the same, the lyrics are still the same, but the song is completely different. This isn't just an old school mugging in the back parking lot. This is now a battle for the fate of the universe waging high above the planet.

To briefly recap why adding orchestral backing to music is a good thing, let's just summarize to this. Basically, it adds depth to an otherwise stale product. I always use the analogy of adding condiments, lettuce , onions and pickles (orchestra) to a burger (metal). It doesn't mean one overpowers the other, but rather, done correctly, both are enhanced by feeding on each others' unique qualities. The orchestra sounds badass with with some grunt from the metal band, while the metal band feels like they're in an action movie and as a result, the music they make is going to be better.

Another interesting thing I love about this album is James Hetfield's both performance and just overall attitude. Luckily, on a special recording such as this, his voice is perfect, the sound quality is bang on, and the production couldn't be any better. Both the band and every single instrument in the orchestra can be heard, even the far away mallet percussion (go xylos!). Hetfield also just sounds like he's having fun. Considering the gigantic undertaking something like this, you'd expect a bit of pressure on the frontman. Well if there was, you certainly don't hear it. I personally love the "OH YEAH!'s and other little quips during the songs. It shows he's having fun, he's engaging with an audience that's clearly engaged. Both sides win, and no sides lose. It's a win-win, for everyone.

But really, the orchestra makes everything better. "Of Wolf And Man" on Metallica's self-titled sounds probably the grungiest thing on that album. On "S&M", it sounds like music you hear when that really hot chick gets brutally decapitated in that cliched horror movie. It's goddamn terrifying. That dissonance from the high-pitched strings instantly changes the tone and adds that extra element of emotion.

And the beauty is that the orchestra is flexible with each track. "Fuel" is action-movie soundtrack material, a meathead of a good time, as I call it, but it actually makes some of the post-90's Metallica actually sound good! "Until It Sleeps" has a nice interesting, Eastern-culture influence, while "Bleeding Me" and "Outlaw Torn" sound more like stories worthy of concept album status. Literally you could probably use every single song on this album as music for a movie trailer. It's that powerful.

The two original tracks premiered, "No Leaf Clover" and "-Human" were specifically composed for this occasion, and sound it. They're not the biggest production ever (I mean, apart from the use of a full-fledged orchestra), but these weren't written to prove that Metallica had sold out. No, these tracks were written because a) they could and b) they were special little treats that, frankly, wouldn't have sounded good in any other setting or environment.

In short, very few tracks are overlooked, and the ones that are just not very good songs in general (i.e. "Hero Of The Day"), but I do love the fact they ended with some big guns at the end. "Sad But True", "One", "Enter Sandman" and "Battery" makes for an epic close, especially "Battery". Of all the expectations that had been surpassed when listening to this album, I didn't think they could make "Battery" much more epic than the original version, but holy crap, Kamen and the SFO had one last surprise in store, and they did not disappoint.

VERDICT: I know, you're probably thinking "Well, just adding an orchestra doesn't necessarily make it prog". Prog, no. Progressive, yes. You see, adding orchestras makes everything better. It creates a spectacle. McCartney. Fleetwood Mac. Deep Purple. Pink Floyd. Every single one of their projects that involve full orchestras just sound amazing. It just adds that something special that some people just can't describe. To me, it adds texture, it intensifies emotion, heightens sensitivity. It almost seems like it adds on a second story to the one being heard through the lyrics of the original song. No, the timing wasn't always perfect between band and orchestra, but frankly, the music sounds so goddamn badass, it really didn't matter.

Yes, there are quite a few bands since that have incorporated orchestras significantly into their music (gothic bands like Nightwish, Epica and others, [Damnation Angels]), but for some reason, there still isn't as much drama, this much goofy spectacle, this much useless pomp and circumstance just for the sheer fun of it. This album is just awesome, fun and plain awesome.

I also understand that people don't like Metallica, but seriously, if not one song on this track turned up loud got you feeling good, then honestly, you need to see a doctor, because something's wrong with you. And if you disagree with me on this, well, you're wrong.

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 ... And Justice for All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.94 | 462 ratings

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Review by AndyJ

3 stars Metallica's 'And Justice For All' is my favourite album by the infamous thrash metal band, and not least of all because in my eyes its their most progressive release. I'll start by saying that I've never been a particularly big Metallica fan. When I was growing up as a teenager my music of choice was Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. But I had friends through school who were absolute Metallica obsessives, including one guy who even bought a James Hetfield signature ESP Explorer and proceeded to learn almost the entire back-catalogue of songs from their first four albums. Some pretty serious dedication on show right there!

But for whatever reason I've never really loved this band, with the exception of this album right here. What I love about 'And Justice For All' is the song structure - you could almost call this "progressive thrash". There are some very clever song progressions on show in this album, no more so than in the title track of the record. Instead of taking a formulaic approach to song writing Metallica weren't afraid to experiment and write much longer compositions for 'Justice'. I remember reading an interview once with Lars Ulrich, the Metallica drummer, and he was talking about this record and how much the band hated playing it live due to how complicated and drawn-out the long songs were. Sounds like perfect prog then!

Now it wouldn't be a Metallica review without talking a bit about two things - the vocals and the drums... I'll start with the vocals - I've never really liked James Hetfield's voice. There isn't much variation in his vocal style, most of the time he just barks the lyrics at you in a gruff, uncompromising way. There are moments on this album where he sings a little bit more, and its not bad, but he'll never win an award for his vocal style.

Which brings us to the drumming of Lars Ulrich. This guy gets a lot of stick from reviewers and music experts, and I think with good cause. Just compare his drumming technique with that of Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Neil Peart (Rush) or Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and you'll see what I mean. His fills are largely just playing fast snare drum breaks. What doesn't help his case is the God awful drum production on this album. There is hardly any reverb from the drum strikes, it sounds way too sterile. Of course, it's no where near as bad as the infamous "pie-tin" production from their 2003 album 'St. Anger', but its still pretty bad, at least to my ears!

At this point I would talk about the bass guitar, but it doesn't appear to exist on this album. This has always been one of the biggest complaints about this album. Hetfield has gone on record to say that mixing the bass out was one of the ways they hazed the new boy, Jason Newstead, who joined Metallica after the tragic death of Cliff Burton.

But I said in my opening remarks that this was my favourite Metallica album and all I've done is bemoan Hetfield's vocals and Ulrich's drumming! So, some positives, and there are loads on this record. Hetfields rhythm guitar playing is brilliant here, very precise, crunchy and a great tone. The guitar solos when they come are drop dead gorgeous, no doubt about it Kirk Hammett is one of the best lead guitarists ever. The song structures are wonderful, as I said before, "progressive thrash". The lyrics are powerful, no more so than in their famous song 'One'. The songs are long and varied, and aren't just a wall-of-metal like you would have expected, far from it.

The real highlight of the album comes near the end, with the wonderful 10-minute instrumental piece 'To Live Is To Die', which continued the tradition Metallica had of including long instrumental songs on their first few albums. I think progressive metal fans would get a kick out of this album if they hadn't already heard it, but I'd be hard pushed to recommend this to the wider prog community. I'll give it 3.5 stars but round it down to 3-stars for the official rating.

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 Hero Of The Day by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
3.15 | 4 ratings

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Review by thwok

3 stars This EP consists of 3 different versions of one song from Metallica's LOAD album, and 3 live covers of Motorhead songs. LOAD comes from what is generally regarded as Metallica's weakest period. Although I love Metallica, I've let the generally poor opinions of LOAD dissuade me from listening to it. However, I think "Hero of the Day" is a terrific song. It does demonstrate Metallica's more melodic, less thrashy side. As for the other songs, they are well done although Metallica's versions don't seem significantly different from the Motorhead originals.

As one of the inventors of thrash, I like Motorhead's songs except for Lemmy's singing. I think James Hetfield has a much better voice. So, in a manner of speaking, Metallica is paying tribute to one of their biggest influences. I wouldn't say this EP is very representative of what Metallica does, so this may not be for you if that's what you're looking for. I have one other reservation about the HERO OF THE DAY EP. As much as I like listening and reviewing EPs, I'm not really interested in 3 different versions of the same song back to back. For an open-minded Metallica fan, however, this is a worthy release.

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 Reload by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.12 | 261 ratings

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Review by Chicapah
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3 stars I've been playing catch up with Metallica over the last few years and I must admit that it's been an enjoyable ride to experience their steady evolution into being one of the giants of the music industry. I'm not what you'd call a metal head so their early stuff didn't flick my switch very often but I could hear the raw talent they possessed seeping through their noisy, angry melees and I stuck with them in order to see where they took me. I'm one of those who consider their impressive fifth studio album to be the apex of their career not just for its popularity but for its undeniable qualities. Some of their fans think it too "commercial" but I'm still struck to this day by its pristine audio fidelity, the caliber and timeliness of the songwriting and its overall cohesiveness - all of which combined to make it an instant and enduring icon. Therefore, when I got around to listening to "Load" my expectations were respectfully modest because of the difficulty even the best of bands have in following up the golden goose album that puts them over the top like the ebony "Metallica" LP did. "Load" wasn't in the same area code but it also wasn't as bad as I feared and nowhere near as disappointing as some reviewers and diehard followers had claimed it to be but it was definitely a step down from its predecessor. Since I surmised that "Reload" was going to be nothing more than a collection of a handful of tunes left off of "Load" for one reason or another I figured it would be average fare, at best. Not so. It would seem that after "Load" failed to stun the globe into submission the group smartly reexamined, revamped and improved what was about to be unleashed on the world. These boys did take pride in their craft and the end result of reassessing what they had was a CD with fewer weak spots.

They wisely open with "Fuel," a combustible number with plenty of honest energy pouring out of it like molten steel from a furnace. It has all the ingredients for a memorable hard rock juggernaut: A gutsy vocal from James Hetfield, hot guitars from Kirk Hammett, earth-shaking bass lines from Jason Newsted and a strong backbeat from Lars Ulrich. "The Memory Remains" is a dirge-like pounder. Guest singer Marianne Faithful turns in an eerie and somewhat confusing performance but, taken in the context of her sordid history, I guess it works on a certain spooky level. The slow pace they apply to "Devil's Dance" would suggest that Lucifer is more of a stomper than a lithe Baryshnikov. The song itself is rather pedestrian but I do appreciate Hammett's demonic guitar work that adds a threatening dimension to the aural territory. "The Unforgiven II" is a bit of a head- scratcher for me because I'm not sure why they felt it necessary to revisit a composition that was a cornerstone of their mega-successful fifth record. Like many sequels this one's okay but it doesn't pack the punch of the original. However, it does effectively demonstrate that James doesn't have to scream and growl all the time to get the message of a poignant song across. The man was born with an enviable, distinctive singing style and he should explore its many aspects with confidence. "Better Than You" is next and it's a pile-driving rocker that emphasizes everything that got Metallica to the top of the heavy metal heap. Don't look for anything even slightly progressive on this cut, in other words. It's a battering ram meant to slam into things. "Slither" follows and it's a highlight of the album. Its Ozzy-ish vibe is infectious and its excellent hook riff along with Hetfield's ominous vocal make this tune stand out from the others. It's no masterpiece, mind you, but it does warrant repeated listens. "Carpe Diem Baby" is a good song but by now I'm feeling the album is starting to suffer from the guitar tones becoming repetitive and predictable. On the upside, though, they add something in the background (An organ? A Mellotron? A droning guitar effect? I can't tell from the credits.) that provides the track with a much-needed deeper atmosphere. Depth of field is always a plus in my book, no matter the genre.

"Bad Seed" sports a rock solid groove that propels the song efficiently and it's refreshing to hear them mess around with the vocals a bit. What I'm yearning to hear most but ain't getting is for Kirk to throw caution to the wind and rip out a torrid, decapitating lead guitar solo. I don't understand why he plays it so safe. On "Where the Wild Things Are" they present an opening segment that's at least a little different but then they soon drop into their familiar, tried-and-true headbanging motif to mollify their rowdy aficionados who will accept nothing less. I do like the fact that they get creative with the arrangement, however, and that's worth noting. "Prince Charming" is next and it possesses more of a traditional metal tinge than what's been offered so far. It's not a letdown, necessarily, but there's nothing going on inside the tracks that I haven't heard before. "Low Man's Lyric" follows and it's my favorite cut on the CD. I love it when guys like these have the balls to step out of their comfort zone as they do on this tune and deliver some comprehensible lyrics in a toned-down setting. It doesn't mean they're selling out, it just shows they're more than a stagnated one trick pony act. The tinny Hurdy Gurdy organ is a nice touch, providing the number with a cool Irish aroma. "Attitude" is a decent enough rocker but it does come off as mediocre filler material to my ears. They end with an epic, "Fixxxer." Hammett's tortured guitar effect augments the song's gargantuan riff but at 8:14 in length I was wishing they'd been much bolder and perhaps run off on some proggy tangents just to mix things up a tad but, alas, they stick with their bread and butter.

Released on November 18, 1997 "Reload" did not pass go but went straight to the numero uno spot on the charts. While there may have been grumblings amongst their legion of devotees about what they thought Metallica should be doing for them those minor misgivings had absolutely no effect on the number of discs purchased. If any group is able to sell over 4 million units in any era you gotta hand it to them. They're doing something right and I'd be a fool to criticize them for dancing with the girl that brought them to the prom. While a particularly revealing rock doc about the band (that showed what was transpiring during this period) indicates that all was not cool breezes and soft moonlight in the ego-sated board room of Metallica, Inc., they still managed to take care of business. This was the last go-round for bassist Jason Newsted who (along with producer Bob Rock) had been instrumental in bringing a big, fat low end into their music, thereby broadening the group's appeal in the process. Yet his departure didn't derail this locomotive. They're still a force in the biz to this day. While "Reload" is slightly better than "Load" I still have a difficult time in thinking of either album as being exceptional. Still, they both kept the metal flame lit throughout the unpredictable 90s when the winds of change were blowing in from every direction imaginable. And, by the way, I've heard much, much worse. 3.2 stars.

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 S & M by METALLICA album cover Live, 1999
3.49 | 144 ratings

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Review by Mind_Drive

5 stars In my youth I was a huge Metallica fan and liked almost every album. Over the years, they ceased to rock me like they did but one album will forever stand out: Symphony & Metallica!

Although they might not be very interesting and successful in terms of progmusic, they definately created some almost proggy songs across their career.

As if they wanted to keep up with the complexity of a symphony orchestra, the setlist contains not only their best but also their most complex songs!

This mixture is just pure extacy! All songs sound much much better than on any studio or other live-album. The orchestra adds the missing epicness and gentle interplay and James voice sounds better than ever! For me, this is the ESSENCE and Zenith of Metallica!

After 10 years, this Masterpiece is still one of my most favourite albums of all time!

Highly recommended!!

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 Lulu (with Lou Reed) by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.13 | 166 ratings

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Review by TerryDactyl

3 stars Ahhh, Lulu. One of the main reasons I decided to begin writing reviews again was to touch upon this benighted object. It's an awful album, right? I mean it must be. It sounds not much at all like Metallica, and Lou, oh dear Lou (RIP) sounds like Eddie (the zombie mascot from Iron Maiden) making obscene phone calls in the middle of a drunken, drug fueled night of debauchery with the Marquis de Sade's shrink. But there's just SOMETHING about it that I can't quite shake. There are parts that grab me by the lovehandles and sort of throw me around and kick me in the face, and maybe I like that a little more than some listeners, but it doesn't sound nearly as "bad" as everyone makes it out to be even when I'm not in the mood to be tossed around like so much potato salad.

What's the problem here? Well, for one thing I believe this is an album made by two incredibly well beloved musical forces who share very few fans. I can't imagine many fans of Lou (especially those left after his last few efforts including the bland and pointless Hudson River album) were quite open to the chug chug thrump "YEAAAAAWWW" of Metallica anymore than many Metallica fans were really looking forward to the three chord progressions and Lou gasping like Leonard Cohen's dad about how he's an abused prostitute who loves her man.

And that's what makes this record great. Out of all things I've ever heard I can't imagine anything recorded more for the "f" of it than this. I don't believe anyone involved thought it would be really well received and I don't think Lou or Metallica were looking forward to it catapulting them to an even higher level of fame and glory. I really do believe Lou wanted to make the ugliest and most disturbing thing he could with the last sparks of energy he had in 'im and I believe he pulled it off quite well. The man who irked the music press for the last forty years by releasing Metal Machine Music (genius or total tripe?) got to go off doing what he did best, which is bothering people who don't know how to take him.

Plus "Iced Honey" "Junior Dad" "Pumping Blood" and "Mistress Dread" are all pretty great songs.

THE FUTURE OF MUSIC STARTS HERE! (and i'm not really kidding about that!)

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 Load by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.38 | 265 ratings

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Review by Chicapah
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3 stars After spending a decade slowly but steadily rising through the ranks with very little radio support, Metallica hit the jackpot in '91 with their eponymous CD that was so accessible and expertly- produced it broadened their fan base exponentially and made them a household name worldwide. No longer were they a 'cult' band to be summarily dismissed as part of a fad. They spent three years touring 'Metallica' and then took a long break from the road and each other to write new material and allow lead singer James Hetfield to completely heal from his almost-disastrous run-in with a dangerous pyrotechnic stage prop. Yet I'm not sure that even they themselves realized that almost five years would elapse between album releases and, in the music biz, that can be an eternity. Tastes can change drastically in less than half that time so no one really knew what to expect to hear on 'Load.' Grunge had invaded and set up camp in the interim so it definitely wasn't the same sonic landscape that had so unreservedly nurtured and fertilized the 'Black Album' they were releasing their latest offering into. Their old fans hoped they'd go back to the manic thrashing and speed-pedaling ways that had characterized their early work while their more recent converts were most likely anticipating more stuff developed along the lines of the irrepressible 'Sandman.' I have to count myself in the latter group. When I first took notice of them in the mid-80s I didn't really understand what their brand of metal constituted because in that era I was enamored with groups like Genesis and Steely Dan that were a lot less noisy and didn't involve any head-banging. Plus, I was jealous because, as a guitarist, I'd never been able to play at even near the mind-blowing tempo they performed their music at. But the 'Metallica' disc had won me over with its high-level musicianship and mature songwriting acumen that confirmed to me they weren't just a rough gaggle of white punks on dope so I looked forward to hearing where they'd venture next. What I didn't expect was for them to incorporate so much of a bluesy mien into their product.

They open with 'Ain't my Bitch,' a big slice of hard rock metal that reaches down into your groin area and splits your billiards as we've come to expect this band to do consistently. Kirk Hammett's slide guitar is a new addition of sorts but overall I find the song to be average at best. '2x4' is next to arrive, sporting a strong shuffle beat that brings to mind a drunk Bigfoot bopping about at a rave. James is in good voice and throughout the record I'm impressed with his ability to sing without shouting all the time (a nuance that helped the Black Album to be more palatable to the public). The tune's breakdown to a half beat is okay but the guitar solo is surprisingly lame. Things improve with 'The House that Jack Built.' Deep guitars set up an ominous mood that I always like when it's done right and the change of time signatures on the chorus piques my interest. I'm glad to hear them experiment with and employ various state-of-the-art effects without fear of insulting the stodgy purists. 'Until it Sleeps' follows. After a minimalist beginning they find the fat groove and ride it properly yet once again the composition isn't memorable enough to make a lasting impact. That's not the case on 'King Nothing,' though. An edgy, buzzing guitar note flies in and then the song's powerful riff takes over and rules the realm. This number has the knockout punch that made the previous CD so special so I'm happy to report that this one has the goods. 'Hero of the Day' is a winner, too. I especially enjoy the deviation from their normal approach on this cut. Its upwardly mobile progression along with the tactfully infused distortion keeps me engaged from start to finish. 'Bleeding Me' is a step backwards. Building on a basic riff is what these guys have always excelled at but here they seem to run out of inspiration and the tune grows monotonous and repetitive halfway through.

'Cure' owns a beefy, skull-cracking motif that's difficult to knock but they certainly weren't taking any progressive risks at this juncture, either. I label this MOR metal and, therefore, nothing to get excited about. 'Poor Twisted Me,' is a keeper, however. It's got a bit of a nasty ZZ Top flavoring that I wouldn't have thought they could pull off but the fish-out-of-water factor actually works to their advantage here as it provides a nice twist on their traditional sound and Hammett's guitar ride is suitably aggressive. 'Wasting My Hate' is next. They lay down a generous, solid foundation early on that helps to carry the song over its relatively pedestrian and predictable structure but it's no highlight by a long shot. 'Mama Said' is truly the odd duck in the pond, though. I'm still not sure what to think about this folksy, acoustic guitar-driven number that includes some anemic C&W strains that only serve to further confuse me as to what they were going for. My final assessment is that it blows. 'Thorn Within' possesses an old school, Deep Purple-ish aura that's very alluring and somewhat refreshing after struggling through the previous cut. Alas, it's missing the necessary hook line that would've pushed it over the top and made it unforgettable. 'Ronnie' is a gem. This tribute to Mr. Dio exudes great tension, masterfully generated by a taut guitar lick that establishes an uncomplicated but eventually forceful tidal wave of sound for Hetfield's impassioned vocal to surf on. They end with 'The Outlaw Torn,' a piece that features a fade-in to a Brontosaurus-sized riff (I'm still pleased that I can hear and feel Jason Newstead's bass. Thank you, producer Bob Rock.) that thunders and shakes the floor. No doubt this was written to be an epic concert stunner and it probably benefitted immensely from the spectacular lighting and visuals that accompanied it live but here it just kinda drags on for almost ten minutes without anything remarkable happening.

'Load' was released on June 4, 1996 and debuted at the number one spot on the charts where it remained firmly ensconced for four weeks. Obviously demand for Metallica's rowdy, ear- pummeling assaults hadn't dissipated one iota yet the general opinion was that, in the long run, it was a letdown of sorts. I'll come to their defense and remind everyone that following up an overwhelming success that cements your permanent display in the Hall of Fame forevermore is no easy feat and one that few acts ever succeed at doing. All things taken into account, 'Load' delivered in enough ways to keep the Metallica boat seaworthy and viable. There's enough above average tracks on it to justify repeated listens and, as long as you don't compare it to its predecessor, it holds up fairly well as a worthy specimen of mainstream metal rock. 3 stars.

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 Through the Never by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 2014
2.92 | 5 ratings

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Review by rdtprog
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3 stars This is a movie in a concert or the opposite could be right also. It's not the first time that we see some music artist brings some fictional story in their music, just think of Led Zeppelin "The Songs Remains the Same". The story of the movie that starts in the arena where the band plays, have been conceived by the band's members with the director Nimrod Antal. So it would be natural to see a story that reflects the philosophy of the band related to their music. The actor Dane Dehaan play the role of a roadie that has a mission to find a mysterious suitcase and like it's often the case in a movie, things don't get as planned and the movie looks like a nightmare with some bizarre characters getting in the way of our roadie. The special effects of the movie; explosions, fire, lightening, demolition etc, are about the same special effects we see in the concert itself, so the concert and the movies are intertwined. The songs of the band continue to play even if the movie goes back to the fictional story.

The director has edited the show to 90 minutes, which mean that he had to cut off 4 songs of the set list of the band. The greatest hits are there, a music that has influenced a lot of metal bands in the world and it's always impressive to see Metallica in this huge stage, a bit like U2's stage. All the special effects are there including some Tesla coils that symbolize the lightening. The movie ends with the band playing during the closing credits their beautiful instrumental piece "Orion" from Masters of Puppets.

How can I rate this movie on a music site, I know that many movie critics have done their reviews of that movie, but it's still a music concert, so I should also give some stars to the music and the performance. Again should I evaluate on the basis of a prog rock listener or a metal listener? Let's say that this movie is not going to be appreciated completely by those who don't like the music of Metallica, in my case, I like the music just enough to enjoy the movie. I give 3 stars and ½.

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 Metallica by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.20 | 392 ratings

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Review by Chicapah
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After "And Justice for All" went zooming all the way up the charts to the #6 spot in the late 80s, establishing Metallica as a lot more than a raucous quartet of California thrashers in the process, I sense that the band members felt that they'd gone about as far as they could go with their uniquely furious and edgy motif. They, like many other bands that've put out several full-length CDs and a handful of EPs, stood at a crossroads. They could continue to churn out what had garnered them not only a huge throng of loyal followers across the globe but also the respect of the entire music industry for carving out a niche for themselves. The risk involved in staying on the safe course is the very real possibility of becoming stale and predictable. Their other option was to go where their muse and their recently-hired producer, the aptly named Bob Rock, took them. Bob had made a name for himself by helping to make hit albums for Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and The Cure. Metallica's collective hope was that he'd not only push them to their creative limits but that he'd more faithfully capture the music they heard rumbling in their heads along with the power they generated on the live stage. Easier said than done, though. Especially when it turned out that Mr. Rock's skull was just as hard as theirs. There was a massive amount of head-butting going on during the three years, the three mixes and the million bucks in studio time it took to make this record but I have to say that it was worth it. I'm a big fan of albums that sound incredible and this one does. I was never into speed metal per se but did consider Metallica to be the best of the lot. Yet when I heard these tunes on the radio I realized that the band had evolved and become more than a one trick pony act. They were ready for the major leagues.

They start with what has become my favorite song of theirs, "Enter Sandman." My first reaction was "Wonder of wonders! I finally hear a bass guitar!" Why they never noticed or tried to do something about the lack of deep thunder in their recordings before is a mystery to me but I'm glad they figured it out. This tune has one of those immortal killer riffs that grabs you by the billiards and then worms its way into your psyche. With this track I felt like I was at last hearing how truly talented these guys were. It may not be as prog-related as some of their earlier material but when something rocks this hard who gives a steaming turd? This gets me off and I crank it up every time it comes on. "Sad But True" follows and, frankly it's born from the same metal mindset that I found on their previous records but what makes the difference is, fidelity-wise, it's as if they went from shooting in fuzzy black & white to glorious Technicolor and it sounds amazing. Kirk Hammett's and James Hetfield's guitar work is less showy and more passionate than before, which I consider a plus. "Holier Than Thou" is next and there's no dearth of ferocity on this baby. It screams. I noticed that James' vocal is clearer and more understandable this time around yet he doesn't sacrifice an iota of his aggressive mien. It's stunning what a little depth of field can do for a good song and "The Unforgiven" is a fine example. The attention they gave to the dynamics involved is noticeable and the overall arrangement works like a charm. It was quite refreshing to hear Hetfield sing and not bellow and growl constantly. He was obviously maturing into a vocalist of note. The ever-mystical electric sitar sets up a distinctive aura for "Wherever I May Roam" before the tune's energized riff takes over and they proceed to kick the studio walls down. Kirk's guitar solo is fiery and the rhythm section of Lars Ulrich and Jason Newsted is as solid as Georgia's Stone Mountain.

The heavy shuffle beat they employ to drive "Don't Tread on Me" provides a welcome change of pace at this juncture. They definitely weren't restricting themselves to stick to a "normal" progression on this number and I find the song's structure interesting. "Through the Never" follows and any of their devotees who were missing their speed demon side were undoubtedly happy with this barnburner. It's a very tightly performed adrenaline-fed rocker held together by Lars' remarkably restrained drumming. The group unveiled their sensitive persona on "Nothing Else Matters," a poignant composition featuring a light orchestral score that adds a proggy touch. I admire them for letting the song go where it needed to go. It took some guts to do something in a quieter vein but it paid off handsomely. It's one of their best efforts. They then kick the door apart on the beginning of "Of Wolf and Man" just to assure their fans that they haven't turned into Journey but it's also the most humdrum number on the album. Hammett does shred his guitar ride properly, though, saving it from being overly pedestrian. "The God that Failed" is next and again, it was so refreshing to hear a palpable and high quality bass tone on a Metallica record. This striking song is a decent specimen of prog metal in that it doesn't turn into a formulaic bore. "My Friend of Misery" is another highlight. Its intriguing intro leads to some strong, punchy rock & roll that emphasizes James' impressive vocal range and Kirk's surprisingly tasteful, versatile guitar techniques. They close with "The Struggle Within." Lars' marching snare pattern sets the listener up for a balls-to-the-wall attack that's guaranteed to pacify the metal purists who want their ears pinned back. They go out with a bang.

Released on August 12, 1991 this album debuted at #1. While there was some disappointment and more than a few discouraging words uttered from a small segment of the Metallica fanatics who cried "sell out!" this record brought millions of people who had previously shunned all things metal (including me) into their camp. When a group "goes commercial" they put out something specifically designed to be annoyingly catchy and profitable like the mindless fluff you hear from Madonna. Metallica didn't do that. What they did was to not only get better at their craft but bring in a producer that could teach them how to project their aural art in such a way that they could no longer be dismissed as wannabe rock stars. This awesome "Black Album" elevated them into a permanent place in music history. While it's no masterpiece of prog rock, it's the best record they've ever made by far and it's certainly well worth having. 4.3 stars.

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