Metallica


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alec Martin USER (16 Reviews)
March 16th, 2011 | 16 replies | 6,188 views


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Review Summary: Truly a 'Best Of'.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Show me a metal fanatic that says that haven't heard of Metallica, and I can show you one that's lying. Metallica is insanely popular. Their metal albums are some of the most influential of all time, and are definitely the true definition of thrash metal. In 1986, to universal acclaim, came Master of Puppets, which is also regarded as the best metal album of all time, which helped earned the band's now dizzying popularity. Let's be honest, though: critics are a bitch. Many people thought that after their first five albums, Metallica completely went over the deep end, they finally kicked the bucket, starting with Load and its less tolerable companion Reload. Metallica's still incredible at large, so they released this.

Personally, I do tend to wander towards the critics' camp. It seems that Metallica doesn't hold the true groundbreaking material that they did with albums like Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning. In the 90's, it was good to be a metal band. Such examples were Gamma Ray, Edguy, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. Every decade has their own generation. For the 80's, it was J-Rock and Hard Rock. 70's were casual rock and roll. Today, it's pop and rap. 90's was the metal generation (well, maybe until Radiohead's OK Computer, but that's another story), and it showed. This 11-track compilation features music from their first five albums, arguably the time when there wasn't a person who didn't listen to them.

The album kicks off with the 7-minute mini-epic The Four Horsemen from Kill 'Em All (historical note: which would later become the single from Megadeth: The Mechanix). This has major differences, though. The Four Horsemen features a more melodic tempo, and a chugging guitar riff. The midtempo guitar solo in Four Horsemen is also one of the best Metallica's ever done, and is one of the strongest tracks. (historical note #2: Four Horsemen was originally a band demo, and it was newly remastered and mixed for the Kill 'Em All official release)

Seek and Destroy has become a common fan favorite for Metallica listeners. From the brilliant interlude to the song, then transforming into the famous riff beat to the crushing guitar solo, it's easy to see why metalheads have really gotten into it. (Historical note: Seek and Destroy is played at every Metallica concert, and is also the only song on Kill 'Em All recorded in a studio)

The album then goes into the album that helped gain them fan success (whereas Kill 'Em All was an underground smash hit), Ride the Lighting. It kicks off with For Whom The Bell Tolls. Now, I know most Metallica fans are going to rage at me, but I really don't see what all the hype is about the song. I'm not saying it's bad at all. In fact, the crushing guitar riffs at the 2-minute intro are great, but everything else seems a little less... groundbreaking than what I expected. It just feels very overrated. (Though, I'm starting to believe that their self-titled album's slowly becoming the most overrated album of all time)

Next up comes one of the biggest cult hits in metal today, Creeping Death. This song refers to the plague brought to the Egyptians from The Ten Commandments, where any house that was not painted with lamb blood would have their first born killed. (Historical note: Inspiration came from Burton watching the actual film, and something he said "It's like creeping death" inspired the song) Everything about the song urges metal, though. The famous intro "dun dun dun dun DUN", to the realistic songwriting, and a violent guitar solo that any guitarist should know. (Historical note #2: The middle section of Creeping Death was originally written by Kirk Hammet whilst he was in Exodus.)

Next up comes either the most disappointing part of the album, or the strangest part, their smash hit Master of Puppets album comes up, but it features only the title track and a less pleasing track. Strange, considering that Orion is the single greatest instrumental since Van Halen's Eruption, and Battery is constantly played on tours and at concerts. Anyways, the title track (Try and guess what it is) is still very strong, containing a catchy chorus (serious, listen to it a couple times and you can't get it out of your head), and a progressing, melodic guitar solo. It feels like it ended too abruptly, though.

Damage, Inc., the second MOP track, is less tolerable in every sense of the word. The lyrics feel, sound, and more than are written more strange than "Whiplash" ever was. The intro isn't bad, however, with an acoustic-sounding melody added, though don't expect it to top "Battery" or "Fade to Black" anytime soon.

Next up comes two tracks from ...And Justice For All. I'll be honest: out of the five albums included here, ...And Justice For All is one of the weakest (though I'd prefer this over St. Anger any day), so I'm glad they included the some of the best tracks on there. (I swear if To Live Is To Die is played again..) One is probably the strongest track on the album, maybe one of the best on this compilation. Much like other songs on Justice For All, One starts off very slow, with a memorable guitar and acoustic intro, with a smooth bass and a calming voice from Hetfield, but as it progresses, it becomes heavier, to the point where it becomes so heavy that it throbs the skull. (Historical notes: One became the first Metallica music video, much to fans' disapproval, and this is based off novel "Johnny Got His Gun".)

"Harvester of Sorrow" is another strong track. A familiar intro kicks it off, followed by shady, crushing brief guitar riffs, and as the main riff progresses, lyrics come in, few at a time. The ending guitar solo is also very good, containing some strong guitar blasts and progression.

Of course, here comes the song that gave Metallica universal popularity, "Enter Sandman". One word: Overrated. Honestly, Enter Sandman is a decent song. The intro, as with most Metallica songs, is fairly average, and I really like the lyrics about the dreams and all, but I don't see the incredible success that this single set. At all.

The Unforgiven is a little better. I personally love the bass intro, despite the absence of Cliff Burton due to the damned bus driver, and the songwriting is particularly strong (Metallica's self-titled album, despite being overrated, is personally their most lyrically impressive album since Ride the Lightning), and I enjoy the drum beats that squeeze their way in.

Finally comes the underrated track ...And Justice For All (Historical note: This song was almost never played at concerts until the World Magnetic tour). It speaks out about social injustice. Personally, ...And Justice For All was one of the best on the album, and I don't exactly see how the world grabbed on to the potential that song has. Kirk himself even said that they never played it because he felt the crowd found it boring.

Overall, though, Heavy Best is definitely a 'Best Of' album. If you want to see, in chronological order, before the band's demise, just how glorious everyone considered them to be, then the 'Heavy Best' album is definitely a pick-up.

Standouts:

One
Creeping Death
The Kill 'Em All tracks
Master of Puppets



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iFghtffyrdmns
March 16th 2011



7047 Comments


Show me a metal fanatic that says that haven't heard of Metallica, and I can show you one that's lying. Metallica is insanely popular.

really!? you don't say!

iFghtffyrdmns
March 16th 2011



7047 Comments


oh and do your best to avoid writing track by tracks, they're often fantastically boring and tough to get through. okay take care

SowingSeason
Emeritus
March 16th 2011



14511 Comments


better than your decemberists review, keep on improvin' man =]

scissorlocked
March 16th 2011



3479 Comments


how do you rate a best of album?

in terms of bestness?

Digging: Fantastic Mr Fox - Sketches

Buccaneer
March 16th 2011



692 Comments


is this even an official release?

bluehaze54
March 16th 2011



50 Comments


nope

Nagrarok
March 16th 2011



7956 Comments


Your reviews should get more objective and less personal. For example:

In 1986, to universal acclaim, came Master of Puppets, which is also regarded as the best metal album of all time


This is nowhere near a fact, putting 'regarded by some' instead is a major improvement. I've spotted multipe other times throughout the review that you bluntly put your own thoughts as being a fact, eg. stating that Orion is the single greatest instrumental since Van Halen's Eruption; you should avoid this kind of writing at all costs, since you don't actually put forth any arguments.

Next up comes two tracks from ...And Justice For All. I'll be honest: out of the five albums included here, ...And Justice For All is one of the weakest (though I'd prefer this over St. Anger any day), so I'm glad they included the some of the best tracks on there.


This is much, much too personal, it's a given rule never to use 'I'. Your whole review is based around your own experience, which it actually should, only you put it in a too literal manner. Have an opinion, strengthen it with objective arguments, and put it in an overall structure; never make it a track-through-track walkthrough with so much personal emphasis.

It's all meant as constructive criticism, so don't take it the wrong way (too many users do). If you apply some pointers people give you here and there you'll quickly improve your writing.

TF141Soldier
March 16th 2011



125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rating a 'Best of' album's difficult. You could have a number of tracks with good aspects, bad aspects, or both. And who knows?

If you were to rate a 'Best Of' album, though:

5 - Absolutely one of the single best compilations ever.
4.5 - Outstanding collection, definitely for the fans.
4 - Sans a few exceptions, a wonderful selection.
3.5 - A couple of obviously bad songs, but otherwise really good.
3 - There's some truly good aspects, and truly bad aspects.
2.5 - A definite mixed bag. For true fans only.
2 - Only two or three tracks are worth a listen.
1.5 - Only one track saves the album from scraping the bottom of the barrel.
1 - A 'Best Of'? Are you fucking kidding?

KILL
March 16th 2011



67082 Comments


doesnt even have whiplash 1/5

DrGunther
March 16th 2011



172 Comments


Is this just some bloke's made up playlist reviewed as an album?

5 for the tracks.
3.5 for calling it Heavy Best, then including the last 3 tracks, and blatantly missing off Battery, RTL, No Remorse, Blackened etc etc.

Digging: Sungrazer - Sungrazer

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2011



30295 Comments


In the 90's, it was good to be a metal band. Such examples were Gamma Ray, Edguy, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. Every decade has their own generation. For the 80's, it was J-Rock and Hard Rock. 70's were casual rock and roll. Today, it's pop and rap. 90's was the metal generation (well, maybe until Radiohead's OK Computer, but that's another story), and it showed.


You are severely misinformed on a number of fronts

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2011



7011 Comments


Yeah, everyone knows Gamma Ray was a dubstep band.

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letsgofishing
March 17th 2011



878 Comments


Have to agree with sowing here, this is definitely an improvement over your decemberist review. Yeah structure wise
this review blows, but when it comes to overall substance and arguments this is a pretty awesome step forward. I would
listen to Nagarok because he is definitely right on all fronts, and for Gods sake stay away from track by track like you're
japan and it's an earthquake, but hey, that's something to work on next time. You're getting there

that 0 of 2 don't look right, try a POS.



BodomThrashMachine
March 17th 2011



316 Comments


How do you call it "Heavy Best" and not have Battery or Fight Fire With Fire on it?

As for the review I agree with Nagrarok.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2011



7234 Comments


Surely this should be deleated from the database since it isn't an official release?

As for the review, I agree with the points everyone else has made, and I'd also suggest not bothering with the bolding, as it's not great to look at.

The more reviews you do the better you'll get. Next time review something official though.

Nagrarok
March 17th 2011



7956 Comments


Surely this should be deleated from the database since it isn't an official release?


I'd think so, but since it has racked up 87 votes and 2 reviews already...



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