Metallica
...And Justice for All


4.0
excellent

Review

by Justus USER (32 Reviews)
April 26th, 2007 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Metallica - …And Justice For All

Metallica did two things for certain on this album, maybe subconsciously, but they did. The first was creating some of their most memorable riffs and solos, and overall most technical album. The other one is, they backed themselves in a corner with this record, as said by many peoples before me. So what was to become of their last greatest Thrash Metal effort? Many different people are on many different sides. Some say its blasphemy to produce such a record with too many riffs, sub-par production, the irritating lengths of most songs, and how, as famous as it ever was, ‘Kirk uses the same scale over and over again’. Others, however, are very proud of Metallica for making this LP, as it is very technical and complex, interesting and thought-out, impressive and shocking, all at once. That is how I feel, and I have come to defend my statement.

THE LINE UP-

James HetfieldRhythm Guitar/Vocals
Kirk HammetLead Guitars
Jason NewstedBass
Lars UlrichDrums

…And Justice For AllThe Musicianship and the Music Itself

The musicianship is outstanding in the guitar department. Riff over riff, solo after solo, bends after hammer-ons, it all adds up to complete astonishment to the listener of average music. The parts Hammet and Hetfield pull off absolutely shred, to catch a glimpse, see ‘Blackened’. The tone of the guitars is crushing, by far their most raw tone ever, but it adds a low note too. It overpowers everything sometimes, even some parts of the leads, and that just can’t happen. That is the first flaw, but to make it up, we have the powerhouse Kirk Hammet. From Jazzy (beginning of ‘One’ and the middle of ‘To Live is to Die’) to melt-the-flesh-off-faces (‘…And Justice For All’ as well as MANY others) solos, this man does it, and he does it well. Speed and complexity are the game here, and both guitarists in their field accomplish. Theres also a variety of tones, including acoustic, clean, flange, and others, wich provide a soothing aural pleasure, and though they use them sparringly, but effectively. But, as any record, there is repetitiveness, but on this record, with the 7+ min. songs, there’s LOTS of it, and that’s a major drawback from the album. Just like in the second sentence, it seems to be riff over riff. In this case, though, it might be same riff over the same riff.
The vocals are by far (in my case) the best on any Metallica record. Deep, menacing, James had gone thorough major changes since Ride the Lightning (excellent record too, might I add), he seems more in control and can change his mood in one song, take ‘One’. A highlight in the vocal ‘aggressiveness’ business is ‘The Shortest Straw’, where James literally takes it to the limit, as well as ‘Dyers Eve’. Speaking of having more control, James’ sound is very distraught, raw (as with the guitars), and very recognizable on this record. But the third flaw is…umm…nothing. There is nothing I think James shouldn’t have done, his vocals are excellent here.
The drums and the infamous no-show bass. We’ll start with the bass, as it is the lesser of the two. As many many many people agree, there is but a hair of bass to be heard on ‘…AJFA’. Some people have stated that they heard some on songs, but I haven’t, and goes to show that the bass on this record is a desert with no oasis. Very disappointing, as I like Newsted, but that is the third flaw. But on a lighter note, the drums here are above average, and variety is the key here. The title track provides toms, providing an ominous feel to the ominous message the song is sending. Double kick here is prominent and plentiful, and very fast. Props to Lars! But, mentioning double kick, it
sometimes seems to be a bit muddy. I like it sharp and precise, on the ever-so-inspiring ‘One’, and some others, it gives off that sound.

…And Justice For AllThe Lyrics, Production, and What Should’ve Been Done

The lyrics are all very good in descriptiveness and imagery, but it all surrounds two central themes"the corruption of the government and overall politics. This can become quite boring for some, but that isn’t to say the whole album is just that. ‘One’ (four times now) is about a man who steps on a landmine during war, and just wants to die because he can no longer feel or do anything anymore. ‘Dyers Eve’ gives us a taste at James early life, about the Christian Science Foundation. So while the political thing may
become dry, there is very intelligent lyrics to be heard (or read) here.
Production. To put it blunt, its very interesting how they did this. Bass turned way
low, guitars overpowering, vocals and drums in the middle of everything…only a handful of people could listen to this album everyday and not be sick of the production. It’s a step
down to Master of Puppets in terms of production, everything in this production is
practically dry. The drums click, and all the bass is conducted from the E, A, and D
strings from the guitar. Whatever the reason they did this to such an album, only time will
tell.
What would I have done if I were in control of everything on this record? Well,
heres a list…

1.A little more variation in lyrics
2.Shorten some songs
3.Turned up the bass
4.Written 1-2 more songs

…and there you have it. Overall, this is an exceptional record, but not a 5 or a 4.5. If some things were done differently, it’d be right up there with Master of Puppets, but alas, it is not. If you are an average MetalliFan of old Metallica, definitely get this, but if you like the simpler, more accessible Metallica, stay away with caution. Hails to the last great Thrash record created by Metallica!

Pros and Cons

+ Lyrics
+ Musicianship, variety of riffs
+ James voice fits nicely with the dark mood of this achievement

- Production
- NO bass, a disappointment because Jason is good at what he does
- Long songs drag on, repetitiveness

Recommended Downloads
--Blackened
--…And Justice For All
--One
--Dyers Eve
--Harvester of Sorrow

RATING FOR METALLICAS ‘…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL'- 4.0/5



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IsItLuck?
Emeritus
April 26th 2007


4927 Comments


There are 11 reviews on this album not including yours. Three people already rated it a 4. Is this REALLY necessary?

wakeupdead
April 26th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

- Long songs drag on, repetiveness
Other than the fact that you spelled "Repetitive" wrong, awesome review :thumb:

Epilogue
April 26th 2007


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are 11 reviews on this album not including yours. Three people already rated it a 4. Is this REALLY necessary?


No, but I'm getting ready for my Melechesh review. Besides, I want the attention.

Other than the fact that you spelled "Repetitive" wrong, awesome review


fixedThis Message Edited On 05.20.08

clairvoyant
April 26th 2007


765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

who cares if its necessary,

it was a good review, and gets a pos from me

Bfhurricane
April 26th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Interesting take on the album. Not necessary at all, but no ones getting hurt by having extra reviews on here anyway. I believe this is an essential thrash album

Brain Dead
April 26th 2007


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why the hell would you call a review "unnecessary?" Who the fuck says they're reviewing for you anyway? My reviews are always mostly for myself, to help me clarify my thoughts on the album. If other people like them, great. If people don't, that's fine also. It always helps to have a broad range of reviews when trying to get a good perspective of an album. The more reviews, the better.

Epilogue
April 26th 2007


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^

It always helps to have a broad range of reviews when trying to get a good perspective of an album


Exactly.

Epilogue
April 26th 2007


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yuh-huh

And nice RtL review too^^

Lunarfall
April 26th 2007


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This album does not deserve a high rating at all, but it was a good review.

hard_rocker89
April 26th 2007


278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoy this album when I listen to it. I haven't listened to it in a while however.

muchtallerthanu
April 26th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a pretty good album, but I don't listen to Metallica a whole lot anymore.

This album does not deserve a high rating at all, but it was a good review.

What makes you say that?

freudianslipknot
April 27th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This was one of few reviews that I read right through - interesting content. Pos.

Epilogue
April 27th 2007


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album does not deserve a high rating at all


I think the lowest rating I could be able to comprehend would be a 2. Not trying to bash you, but I can see what people would be hatin' about this album

but it was a good review


Thanks Blackened owns hard, btwThis Message Edited On 05.20.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2007


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

: ) without the space

muchtallerthanu
April 27th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If there's gonna be a 13th review, it should be a negative review. It has enough positive reviews as it is.

WARPATH_88
April 27th 2007


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think people should just stop reviewing Metallica all together. We all know the albums front to back.

Epilogue
April 27th 2007


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow...I didn't mean to piss people off, even though I still agree with Brain Dead.

muchtallerthanu
April 27th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think people should just stop reviewing Metallica all together. We all know the albums front to back.
Last time I checked, there were 3 Metallica albums that don't have a single review.



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