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When listening to the tainted fruits of the labor of a band that used to be worth a damn, we must consider the history that spawned the corruption. Although there is a good case to be made that it's origins lie before the Black Album in the mid 80s, it's symptoms did not come about until the Black Album, particularly the tour that supported it. Being on the road for 4 years plus to support a single album is absolutely ridiculous, I don't care if it's Metallica's self-titled fifth album, or Iron Maiden's Killers The only album I might be able to make excuses for resulting in a tour this long.
Not only do you lose time better spent on writing more music, but you also confound the lines between what truly matters in heavy metal. You begin to see the crowd as some omnipotent collective that makes the music possible, and this is as far from the truth as it gets.
Fans do not create heavy metal, they are not the cause, they are the consequence. The people who created heavy metal were the artists who toiled over their guitars, basses, and drum kits creating something amazing, something that no one had ever done before. The fans came because they saw great music, something so great that their bodies were forced to move to it violently, to shout out the lyrics and try to overshadow the people they were idolizing, and ultimately, to pick up an instrument and to do it even better.
Being on the road and touring on your music is one of the greatest things in the world, every time I play a live show I feel a euphoria that nothing else could come close to. However, you don't tour without having something to tour on, something great to make it worth it first to yourself, and then to those whom will come to see you. Metallica forgot this while on the road living the good life, they forgot that what created the music that the audience loves was introspection, and that does not happen on the road.
How does all this relate to this album, this 2nd rate modern rock garbage that is passed off as metal? This album, along with it's predecessor, was written while on the long ass, 4 years plus, Black Album tour. This album, dubbed "Reload", is essentially a B-side collection of songs that didn't make it onto "Load".
From this first fact we learn both that Metallica has actually done something original, create a sequel to something that is actually slightly better than it's predecessor. Consequently, we also learn that Metallica can't tell the difference between bad songs and collections of quasi-good songs. This album actually rocks harder than Load, and has better songs, though to keep the context clear I am comparing this album to an absolute load of shit no pun intended.
Unfortunately, like the first Load album, only half of the songs here are actually listenable, and of those only a handful are enjoyable. The highlight of this album, ironically, is the most popular one. This is the one track where Kirk's leads actually sound half decent, mostly due to the use of the wah pedal to clean up the choppy Neil Young sound he's adopted.
Although it must be stated that both of the Load albums suffer from something else that the Black Album suffered from, overuse of the wah pedal. The rest of this album is mostly a giant pile of musical debris, and of these only two merited a full listen through. Throwing together a 3rd rate country tune and throwing in a violin is not original, I don't care if Metallica does it or if Garth Brooks does it. That's right ladies and gentlemen, Metallica successfully released a whole album where after the first 5 tracks, you have nothing but pure crap.
Instead of naming this album "Reload" they should have named it "Prematurely blowing your Load", and swapped the album cover from the first Load to underscore the fact. But you know what, it's all fine and dandy because Metallica is back on tour now and we can all go and see them play live and hopefully they'll play some of their older stuff.
After all, touring is the only thing Metallica cares about now, as evident to their complete refusal to get the job done in the studio. Maybe next time they'll stop fucking around and go the whole 9 yards and just do farewell tours the way Barbara Streisand does.
As was the case with "Load" this album represents the 2nd step down into the depths of irrelevance. Between these two albums we have 9 tracks equaling roughly 50 minutes of music, about the average time length of Metallica's early releases. If I had been managing Metallica at this point of their career, I would have combined the 9 decent tracks between these two piles of excrement into one album, dropped the utterly stupid cover arts, and the album titles. For the new album cover I'd use the goofy picture of the band in Pimp outfits and smoking cigars from the back of the first Load, and the new title would be taken from the song "Better than You", both the cover and the title would be symbolic of the arrogance this band has carried with them throughout their career.
Then I'd write a review for it here, and it would score a 72, and still be described as a step down from the Black Album. Think it's a good idea? I did it 6 years ago as my first ever CD rip attempt, I accomplished the cover by taping the back picture of the Load album to a piece of printer paper and doodling the new track list on the back in pen.
Suffice to say, I listen to it on occasion, and it's a lot less painful than listening to what was originally released. When Load came out, I wasn't a metal fan. I was 10 and my favourite music was Elton John. Which begs the question.. Why on Earth did Metallica release this album?
A bunch of songs that didn't make it onto Load? What the hell where they thinking? This album generally continues a lot of the ideas that where on Load. There's the bluesy riffing, and the slight country angle that was present in Load is now a bit more up front.
But there's a lot of strange stuff that no other band has ever attempted. It all makes for a rather mixed up album, but it's more cohesive then Load.
Still, don't start thinking that Metallica went completely un-metal. Fuel is a fast, heavy and powerful song, from the catchy opening riffs to the heavy chunking just before the solo. The solo itself is very impressive, very melodic and a bit more like old Hammett. The song Prince Charming should also be mentioned here, because it's just such a menacing song, and very heavy at that. Great song to head bang too, just a great song all round.
Full of big riffs and a huge chorus. I think Slither deserves a special mention, because it's verse and pre-chorus are all really, really heavy. After those three, we're left with a big group of oddities. Devil's Dance is super groovy, while Low Man's Lyric is almost a straight up country ballad, but full of depth and sadness.
Like a lot of these songs, it's unlike Metallica have ever attempted. Of course, these songs are crappy generic ones compared to Where the Wild things are and Fixxxer. WTWTA is a twisted, multi-layered epic.
Full of strange clean parts, strange chromatic bits, military style drums and a fairly unusual, though effective solo. Fixxxer is an 8 minute long epic, with backwards guitars floating around, lots of overdubs, and a very strange, almost spoken word interlude thing.
It's another very moody and unusual song from Metallica. It's also the best song on the album. A lot of these songs vary a bit in quality, but there's a few things on this album that remain constantly top-notch, that is, the vocals, the lyrics, and the production. James can be very abstract on this album, and well, I guess the lyrics do dip a bit in some places, but there is quality in every song, from the whole faded-star stuff on Memory Remains, too the Strange imagery on WTWTA, and definetly on Fixxxer, where he talks about his father's death.
The vocals aren't as good as Load, but they are all really, really good. A fair bit of growling, but a lot of full-on singing. His voice isn't as rich as it is on Load, which brings me to the next point: The production. The production is the rawest since AJFA. Well, it's still fairly polished, but unlike Load and Self Titled, it doesn't sound like there where guitar tracks and vocals tracks or whatever.
It gives the album a bit of a rough edge, always a good thing. This album definetly isn't for everybody. Still, there's a lot of unique, interesting ideas in this album, and if you're an open minded Metallica fan That may be an oxymoron though. Boom Boom! The songs on both albums are quite long; and the songs are all not like classic MetallicA. Many people say that Reload is a collection of songs, which didn't make it onto Load. This is just a preview!
Cannot annotate a non-flat selection. Make sure your selection starts and ends within the same node. All News Daily Roundup. Album Reviews Song Reviews. Song Lyrics. They were experimenting with a new sound. They should have gone for tighter songs until they perfected this new sound. Why drag out simple songs in a new style for 6 or 9 minutes? OK sure, do that in rehearsals when you are working out the kinks, but in the finished product?
This is more a fault of the producer than the band - a good producer knows when to give a band freedom and when to reign it in.
Much of the time I can't get thru the songs. Around mins the songs get repetitive and I track ahead. The songs themselves are not bad, it's just that many of them don't have enough momentum to successfully carry them past the 4 minute mark Unlike many reviewers here, I really don't see this as a "sell out".
It was a calculated gamble to move in a new direction; a gamble that didn't pay off. I also do not hear a whole lot of grunge or blues in these songs. Other than a couple country chords on 'Mama Said' and some bluesy moments at the end of 'Ronnie', it's mainly Metallica applying its signature metal sound to rock. In the end, it's an OK hard rock album with some decent songs, but it needed more critical editing to save it from itself Not sure why people don't like this album.
I think Load and Reload are absolute masterpieces. If you're one of those rebel, "Oh, I'm such a mean metalhead rebel" kids that follow the bandwagon "wah!
I was born in and grew up with Metallica. I've seen it evolve to what it is today, for good or bad. I love Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets two of my favorite classic Metallica albums , but it wasn't until the Black Album when their music talent started growing.
Load has amazing tracks for people who appreciate good, original, masterfully composed rock. Amazing work by my all-time favorite band. There are customer reviews and customer ratings.
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There's a problem loading this menu right now.Load is the sixth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on June 4, by Elektra Records in the United States and by Vertigo Records internationally. The album showed more of a hard rock side of Metallica than the band's typical thrash metal style, which alienated much of the band's Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal, alternative metal.