Metallica
...And Justice for All


4.0
excellent

Review

by mangled USER (4 Reviews)
July 24th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic farewell to thrash for Metallica

As the band that spear-headed the thrash metal movement as well as producing one of its finest albums, Metallica sure have had an up and down career. Their debut album was flawed but a solid listen and its follow-up was a classic of the genre, but on Master Of Puppets the band did a 180. What would the future hold for the band?

Well, Metallica decided to take the drawn-out nature of Master Of Puppets, draw it out even more but write a far superior record. The album was a highly influential technical thrash metal album by the name of And Justice For All, and is genuinely considered to be the last "classic" from the band. But how does it fare?

The answer is that Justice is a massive step up from Master Of Puppets although it does not quite touch the heights reached by their sophomore album. However, this is a fantastic thrash metal album that shows why Metallica are seen by many as being among the best the genre has ever produced, and showed that they still had what it takes to put out a fantastic album despite the change in style to incorporate more of a progressive, technical element into their music. The most amazing thing about this album is how well they make it work in the length of time many of the songs take up. Tracks like the title track, One and Blackened are very long but they make fantastic use of this time with some of the best riffs the band has ever written and Lars' finest drumming to date. The latter of those three tracks kicks the album off in thrashing fashion with an ever-changing sound that jumps between fast double-bass drumming and a staccato riff to chords left to ring out in the corner and one of the best bridge sections ever in which you just want to get out of your seat, headbang to the riffs and then roar along with James Hetfield as he shrieks "see your mother put to death... see your mother die". The title track opens with an acoustic guitar in the vein of a couple of Metallica songs in the past such as Fade To Black and then shifts into one of the hardest hitting songs on this album with some very thought-provoking lyrics. Meanwhile, the ballad side of the band is made up of One on this album and it is by far their strongest ballad to date and one of the best songs they have written. It goes through a number of miniature clean solos and awesome clean notes in the first few minutes as James sings, shifting into distorted guitars for the chorus. However, when the distortion comes in again for the solo and the last lyrical sections, this really hits home with a section that sounds just like a machine gun to accompany the war-themed lyrical content here

Unfortunately this is also quite an inconsistent album as the instrumental song To Live Is To Die shows off. Whilst the longer tracks here work for the most part, this one does not. Despite being the last writing credit of Clifford Burton, this track really doesn't succeed in its nearly ten minute length.

Eye Of the Beholder and the Shortest Straw are two other songs that aren't so good. I couldn't get into the riffs on these songs as much as on, say, Blackened - which may well be the best opening song on a thrash album of all time except maybe Holy Wars.

Metallica's fourth studio album was a magnificent release but marked the death of the thrash-era Metallica that many people love. However, it was a nice farewell to this style of music and made up for its stinkers with some stellar tracks.


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kaarnival
July 24th 2013


13 Comments


metallicas best yah

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 24th 2013


10066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no sorry that's RTL thanks

facupm
July 24th 2013


8149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good one, but Eye of the Beholder rules

And about the best thrash openers dont forget Hypnotized

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facupm
July 24th 2013


8149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good one, but Eye of the Beholder rules

And about the best thrash openers dont forget Hypnotized

johnnydeking29
July 24th 2013


9278 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This review has finally convinced me to write something scathing a la Mike Stagno, expect a new review soon

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TrueBlood
July 24th 2013


1388 Comments


dam


KILL
July 24th 2013


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuk mike

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Permabanned
July 24th 2013


1181 Comments


progtallica

NeroCorleone80
July 24th 2013


29393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya

psyclonus
July 24th 2013


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love this album, it's just so heavy, even without an audible bass guitar. Blackened is one of the best thrash songs ever. i only wish they would have employed Chuck Schuldiner's song structures and only played 2 verses and 2 choruses on a lot of these songs, Shortest Straw being the biggest contender.

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TrueBlood
July 24th 2013


1388 Comments


"love this album, it's just so heavy, even without an audible bass guitar. Blackened is one of the best thrash songs ever. i only wish they would have employed Chuck Schuldiner's song structures and only played 2 verses and 2 choruses on a lot of these songs, Shortest Straw being the biggest contender."

BigPleb
July 24th 2013


37363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4.5 INBOUND

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IbenizGEO1
July 24th 2013


2258 Comments


one review a day man

Seppinjo
July 25th 2013


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pos'd, good review. But Eye of the Beholders is an awesome song tough. Those lyrics are one of their best.

One thing, it's "see OUR mother put to death... see OUR mother die".
(Reference to mother earth, in case you didn't get it)

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2013


14820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Could never get into this.

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2013


6320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol why did you delete your black album and Load review?

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Seppinjo
July 25th 2013


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol why did you delete your black album and Load review? [2]

thumbcrusher
July 25th 2013


3599 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

might have been the mods for skele spam

FerinusCarnifexVox
July 25th 2013


805 Comments


The lack of bass hurts a little. I know Cliff just died, but I don't think Jason would have gotten burned at stake for his bass lines (especially if Cliff still had some material for the album done before his death).

thumbcrusher
July 25th 2013


3599 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

he wouldn't have no, the rest of the band were just being idiots



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