Metallica
Reload


4.0
excellent

Review

by piroga84 USER (10 Reviews)
February 16th, 2013 | 56 replies | 1,976 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stripped down to the basics, they’re no heroes here.

2 of 8 thought this review was well written

In a garage, somewhere in America…
Kirk: “Hey James this riff cool or what?”
James: “Yeah man, whatever, just play…”

We all know that garage days for Metallica have been over a long time ago. But this is how this album feels like. You all know the rock basics I trust: Bass, drums, guitars, verse- chorus-solo, ballad, and these kinds of stuff. Well, they are all stuffed in Re-Load, plus some Metallica aura from the past. Hard rock, southern rock, country, 70’s rock, boogie rock, you name it, it’s all in.

Re-Load absolutely grooves. Don’t expect a revolution, but Metallica can only mean one thing: quality music. “Fuel”, the opener, is one head banging song of a gun. Enter grim riff, stop and go chorus, I can’t understand why any metalhead wouldn’t bite on this. Live, as you might know, Fuel is nothing less than another Metallica classic. James sounds a bit more pissed in this one, in a not venomous pre- Puppets way, though.

Give it a rest, reloading critics! This album is the real thing, long before psychologists, Napster and the 21st C hit Metallica. The band is maturing, what’s wrong with that? All the best, the songs sound natural, they click. You know this happens, when the band is sincere with themselves. Every note reminds me of something that the band played in the past, hardrocker-ed, of course. I can’t remember the last time that a –tallica record oozed fun and not something… biased or pretentious. “Unforgiven II” is up there with the first one, maybe fresher and more relaxed. “The Memory remains” is a weird ballad, folks, and you can blame Marianne Faithfull for that. Her voice makes me feel uneasy, like something that is not quite fitting in the picture, but squeezes its way in there for weird’s sake…

James: “Hey guys, I feel emo should we go all cowboy now?”
Jason: “Again??”
Others: “Shut up Jason.
James, hit the ballads.”

…and then there is “Where the wild things are”. At first, I hated the song. To be precise I thought that it dragged aimlessly, like a fart in the wind. The second time I heard it, it was better. By the tenth time, it became one of the most special tallica songs and -mind my sensitivity- one of the scariest. Can’t imagine this song played live. I really don’t go crazy about “Low man’s lyric”. Its’ melody is just not appealing to me, maybe some years later. It’s not bad at all though, a good ballad.

The best song of this album must be “Prince charming”. It is the epitome of Metallica’s new sound. I think that they were searching for a specific formula in Load-Reload, which is perfected in this song. And has a mature –Kill em All- aura surrounding it. Speedy hard rock, wah wah style! Kirk absolutely rips in this one, Lars is like just himself and James sounds convincing. His lyrics in this one about lowlifes –oh boy- are good. Not exactly poetry, but when he sings “Hey ma, hey ma, look it's me”, it really hits hard. Jason is decent, like a good bass player should be: Always there, but hardly drawing any attention.

ReLoad is not metal, for those who don’t know still in 2013. It is better than Load, more sincere than Death magnetic and is an entertaining/interesting record. The boys relaxed here, only to get more confused in the next one. Oh, well…

After recording epic “Fixxxer”…
Lars: “Call it a wrap, boys?”
James: “Yeah, whatever. Stop soloing next time Kirk, you knucklehead.”



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piroga84
February 16th 2013



120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks in advance, boys.

Gwyn.
February 16th 2013



14896 Comments


0 of 1 thought this review was well written


You're welcome.

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piroga84
February 16th 2013



120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

already hit some metallica's die hards chords, ha? Thanks, anyway!

NeoSpaz
February 16th 2013



4517 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No, you just wrote a bad review.

Gwyn.
February 16th 2013



14896 Comments


That wasn't me, lol

Tyrannic
February 16th 2013



3261 Comments


YOU KNUCKLEHEAD

piroga84
February 16th 2013



120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahahahaha, lol indeed!
NeoSpaz you didn't like it? yeah, why not, just tell me why to fix it next time!

NeoSpaz
February 16th 2013



4517 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It feels too casual, you discuss the music in a way which doesn't really get it across, and the random dialogue ruins the review overall.

Yeah, there's more but that was the main bit

asaf
February 16th 2013



885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

are you unforgiven too?

piroga84
February 16th 2013



120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

too casual is bad? not in my book
Thanks for your remarks, anyway! i appreciate it

NeoSpaz
February 16th 2013



4517 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Casual is good in the right manner, just sometimes comes off a little half arsed.

PsychicChris
February 16th 2013



207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Load was better.

wacknizzle
February 16th 2013



12625 Comments


"Metallica can only mean one thing: quality music. “Fuel”, the opener, is one head banging song of a gun."



hahahahahahahahaahahahahahaahhahaahahha

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ChopSuey
February 16th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

load>reload

Gwyn.
February 16th 2013



14896 Comments


Don’t expect a revolution, but Metallica can only mean one thing: quality music.




piroga84
February 16th 2013



120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow a lot of negs!
that bad, ha? i have one pos though (you are the best!)
Anyway, good night to all, check "perks of being a wallflower", it's a beauty

wacknizzle
February 16th 2013



12625 Comments


Metallica sucked once they stopped being a thrash band. It's all Lars Urlich's fault, that shitty fucker can't even keep up even with a simple snare and bass rhythm at a trashy tempo and that's all he ever plays. They just had to slow down so he could keep up.

Gwyn.
February 16th 2013



14896 Comments


What we must understand and agree on is that Lars was the BEST heavy metal drummer of the 80's and the 90's. He surpassed such drummers as Nico Mc Brain, Clive Burr, Dave Lombardo, Paul Bostoph, Nick Menza, Vinnie Paul, Mike Portnoy, to name some, by a huge margin. He surpassed them in speed, technicality, creativity, versatility, and overall arrangement of music. Today MIGHT be a different story, but back then, NO Metal Drummer Could Match His Intensity.


Top comment from a lars drum solo video

NeoSpaz
February 16th 2013



4517 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

UGH

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol

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