Metallica
Reload


3.0
good

Review

by Jason USER (8 Reviews)
February 9th, 2008 | 45 replies | 3,256 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


0 of 1 thought this review was well written

The year is 1997, and there's this new band (I was told) called Metallica that's being played on the radio and MTV all the time. My brother bought me a copy of their ReLoad album for my birthday and I gave it its first spin. I'm greeted by Fuel. Some very fast paced drumming, a chorus that'll get you pumped up and catchy guitar riffs. There's even an awesome 20 second solo near the end. My redneck neighbor plays it all the time when he goes out for a drive and all for good reason. What more could he ask for?

Devil's Dance is a pure arena rocker. Starting off with a simple drum and bass beat before a catchy, riff comes in and drives the song. The singer (I didn't quite catch his name) has this awesome growling voice which he uses perfectly on the two singles currently overplayed on MTV; The Memory Remains and The Unforgiven II. The former is quite an average track. The lyrics and vocals are rather repetitive though he ends of a high with some creepy line right at the end. The latter is the highlight of the album being the most unique song and having a mysterious feel. His vocals here are perfect, he alternates between singing in the verses and growling in the chorus. The guitarist mostly finger picks in the verses and plays this very memorable riff in the chorus. There is also an excellent solo starting at 3:49 which lasts for around 25 seconds which shows considerable technical proficiency.

The middle of the album is quite average at best. It took me several listens to distinguish between Slither, Carpe Diem Baby and Bad Seed; the guitarist mainly being the culprit here as he seemed to recycle his riffs a lot. There are also some god awful vocal performances in particular Fixxer and Where The Wild Things Are. I don't quite know what the singer was trying to do on the latter, he tried this rather eerie voice which had an opposite effect and ended up being audio torture. The end section is also quite poor with Prince Charming and Low Man's Lyric being the saving grace; the latter being the albums power ballad with some decent singing.

Quite enjoyed this album, definitely gonna do more research into these guys soon.

Pros:
- First four songs are excellent
- Solid vocals for most songs
- Guitars suit the music and add a lot of melody
- Some great solos
- Consistent bass and drumming

Cons:
- 3/4 of the middle and end section are filler tracks.
- Horrendous vocals on Fixxer and Where The Wild Things Are
- Riffs get recycled quite a bit

Recommended Tracks:
Fuel
The Unforgiven II
Devil's Dance

Overall rating: *** out of *****


Note - I tried a different and "experimental" approach for this review, writing it a perspective of a generic mainstream rock fan who's probably heard Metallica for the first time. Comments and criticism most welcome.



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combustion07
February 9th 2008



5339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a bad review, not really all that needed though...

Wizard
February 9th 2008



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Not a bad review. It needs some grammar fix ups but you still get your point across. Everything from their s/t onwards is just pathetic.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

jason_f90
February 9th 2008



203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@combustion07, I really wanted to review a Metallica album, I picked this being the least reviewed album on this site.

Yeah I was in a bit of a hurry for some reason when I was writing this and got a bit impatient towards the end >

Slaytan
February 9th 2008



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The singer (I didn't quite catch his name)

James Hetfield

beans
February 9th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it feels rushed

just for reference in the future
detail, more detail on the music
but not bad man

Wizard
February 9th 2008



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Nice pick up on detail^^^.
jason_f90,
I suggest if your in a hurry or become impatient writing a review, just stop what your doing and come back to it later. You would be surprised how much that can help the quality of a review.

Bfhurricane
February 9th 2008



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Solid review, I liked your approach. I very much agree with it.

Currently? It made me think that you ripped this off so you may want to change it.

He implied in the first line he was writing as if it was a decade ago

metallicaman8
February 9th 2008



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

WOOOOO, METALLI-FUCKING-CA.

McP3000
February 9th 2008



3941 Comments


rating isnt quite low enough

Jim
February 10th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

actually, i don't mind this album too much. some decent bluesy rock.

Wizard
February 10th 2008



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

If you would like to classify bluesy rock as shit, than yes, this album does have some descent bluesy rock.

metallicaman8
February 10th 2008



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

That was a bad joke.

Wizard
February 10th 2008



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Bad jokes are my specialty!

Jim
February 11th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh dearz

Phrike
March 31st 2009



1691 Comments


I´m listening to this right now and it´s not bad, Load is better so far though

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this isn't very good tbh. Haven't heard Load and from what I have heard from other users I guess it's not worth it anyway.This Message Edited On 03.31.09

KILL
March 31st 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yea sucks

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Phantom
March 31st 2009



8930 Comments


Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Fixxxer

Oh and metalstyles, Load has better tracks on it, so it is worth looking into.

This Message Edited On 03.31.09

KILL
March 31st 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

shit song

Phantom
March 31st 2009



8930 Comments


In your opinion yes, well done



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