Metallica
Reload


2.5
average

Review

by mark sammut USER (37 Reviews)
May 5th, 2012 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metallica's Reload. A step into nowhere.

Metallica conquered the rock world in 1991 with their self-titled album, resulting in huge hits like ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘The Unforgiven’. The album was received well enough, even though the bands fan base was a bit worried about the musical direction the band was taking.

‘Load’ was released during 1996, and this is the point where Metallica lost the plot, according to some people. The album was bluesy, the songs were simpler and the band cut their hair. The anger over such an action still puzzles me 'til today.

‘Reload’ was released the following year, and as can be expected the album was creamed by critics and fans alike. It’s simply wasn’t what they believed Metallica should sound like.

‘Load’ in my opinion is a strong album, with some of Metallica’s best songs. ‘Reload’ is made of leftovers from the ‘Load’ sessions, it’s a heavier album than its predecessor but the songs are generally weaker.

‘Fuel’ and ‘The Memory Remains’ start of the album pretty darn well. ‘Fuel’ is now considered a classic; it has a fast albeit simple riff, a good solo and is just a great deal of fun to listen to. The opening verses of ‘Fuel’ can be repeated by any Metallica fan in the world. ‘The Memory Remains’ has the infamous ‘na na nas’ in it, but other than that it’s a worthy additions to the Metallica catalog. The song seems to show some influence from the grunge rock movement of the time, especially in Hetfield’s singing.

‘Devil’s Dance’ is a bluesy number; it has a mean beat and is quite catchy. The song clocks in at 5:19; making it a bit too long as it starts to drag towards the end. ‘The Unforgiven II’ is another good song; it takes the best elements from the first song and improves on them. While the original was mostly a pop ballad with rock elements sprinkled over it, to make it appear like a rock song, the sequel is a much more aggressive and respectable track for Metallica to make.

After the strong first four songs the album declines at this point with the completely forgettable ‘Better than You’, and the too long and repetitive ‘Slither’. ‘Carpe Diem Baby’ picks up again with a good building up intro and a catchy and dark chorus. The verses are a bit bland, but the solo is strong.

‘Bad Seed’ is a short and average rock song. The chorus is good, but in generally it doesn’t have much lasting value. ‘Where the Wild Things are’ is a brilliant song though. Lars’s drumming pervades most of the song, with a strong beat that creates the menacing atmosphere that dominates the song. Hetfield seems to be really trying on this one, and the song also has a brilliant and eerie break down section before building to its climax. ‘Prince Charming’ is a decent and cheeky rock song; it’s a bit too long but has a good solo. The band seems to be having fun with this song.

The last three songs on the album are a bit weak, and the albums finale is a bit underwhelming. ‘Low Man’s Lyric’ is the ballad of the album, and it has some good lyrics, but the song clocks in at more than 7 minutes, making it way too long and at the end boring. The closer ‘Fixxxer’ suffers from the same problem. The song has great lyrics, and a very interesting chorus, but is about 3 minutes too long. Kirk gives a solo for the last 4 minutes, but it’s not memorable or entertaining enough to warrant multiple listens.

Metallica followed up this album with ‘St.Anger’, which was a heavy mess. ‘Death Magnetic’ was when Metallica finally returned to their roots, 19 years after they had changed their style. It wasn’t a complete success, and undoubtedly we will never get another ‘Master of Puppets’ or even a ‘Black Album’, but it was a step into an acceptable direction.



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KILL
May 5th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

m/

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2012


21449 Comments


Agreed.

Inveigh
May 5th 2012


25116 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

there's a few good songs but most of this sucks

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KILL
May 5th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

jammin carpe diem baby right now

Inveigh
May 5th 2012


25116 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fixxxer is pretty cool

KILL
May 5th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fixxxer is the worst song ever

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2012


21449 Comments


lica

AsoTamaki
May 5th 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You all suck.

So wash your FAAACE away with dirt. It don't feel good until it huuuuurts!

KILL
May 5th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol fag

YoYoMancuso
May 5th 2012


11189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i like carpe diem baby and fuel, a few tracks are average and the rest all suck.

ZedO
May 5th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I used to listen to this album when I was seven; this is classic man!

BodomThrashMachine
May 5th 2012


316 Comments


Why should we give hetfield that which he desires if he only gives us this shit in return.

Fuel's a good song though.

KILL
May 5th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fuel sux

thumbcrusher
May 5th 2012


3607 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pas bon

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Poet
May 5th 2012


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

GIVE ME FUE GIVE ME FAI GIVE ME DABAJABAZA

KILL
May 5th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0



TheNotrap
May 5th 2012


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album has its moments.
The Memory Remains is probably my favourite track here.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2012


28787 Comments


unforgiven 2 m/
metallica gay/

linchpin313
May 5th 2012


813 Comments


Pretty much the first 'heavy' album i heard as a wee lad... got me on the right track.

LepreCon
May 5th 2012


4152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album has some cool jams but not as many cool jams as Load. Not nearly as many as pretty much everything else they did though.



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