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5 stars Finally Metallica in the archives...

... And this album has to be the reason. After the trash metal masterpiece Master of Puppets and the devastating death of Cliff Burton, another masterpiece could be hard to think, but Hetfield and co. did their best album, ... And Justice for All. This undoubtly a Progressive Metal album (with capital P and M), and it became highly influential into what would be Progressive Metal in the next years.

The atmosphere of the album is dark, comparing it with previous albums (mostly because of Burton's death), and has more melodic riffs than those on Master of Puppets. Through some parts of the album you can hear the band playing with odd time signatures and unusual musical structures. Songs like One which has some kind of in crescendo structure, going from the melodic clean guitars to the thrashy end of the song. This is a really complex one, and also was a single! AND ALSO WORKED! The eponymous song of the album,... And Justice for All is one of my favorite songs by Metallica. It is possibly the most progressive song (without the instrumental ones) by them (together with One), It is one of their longest songs, but is not boring at all. It is heavy, but at the same time is melodic and is a very effective tune.

Blackened and Dyers Eve are the thrashiest tunes of the album, and even while these 2 songs are not necessarily the most complex or progressive songs, they are two strong songs and like these songs a lot (I was a metalhead, so...). To Live is To Die is the instrumental one, and is very sad and nostalgic. Surely, the song was made based on riffs that Cliff Burton had written. One of the highlights here undoubtly.

Before I finish with this review, I want to apologize for my lack of organization with the songs and stuff. I don't wanted to review every song on the album, I just wanted to name a few songs of the album. Well, this is just my second review here (because I had an old account but I never made reviews... Just rated the albums). Also, again I apologize for my english, but is quite comprehensible being a 15 year old guy from a country where english is not a main language (though I'm going to 16 this thursday hehe).

Finishing it, ... And Justice for All is their most progressive and musically mature album by Metallica. It is so sad that their next albums are not as strong as their first four albums (though Death Magnetic is a strong effort).

Essential because of its influence to the Progressive Metal genre. 5 stars.

Yeidí | 5/5 |


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