Metallica
Reload


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew Barr (MM8) USER (65 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2006 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Ah, Reload. I’ve always been somewhat on the fence with this album. On one hand sure it’s not Metallica’s usual work. It’s not even really metal, it’s more like hard rock. But the material isn’t that bad, it’s got some great songs and there’s nothing wrong with hard rock. On the other hand there name isn’t Hardrock-allica its Metallica. Their music shouldn’t be hard rock it should be metal, and that’s all there is too it. Also, after their previous great albums such as “Master Of Puppets”, “Ride The Lightning” and “And Justice For All” this album was like a proverbial slap in the face.

So, as you can see I was hard pressed to decide how I wanted to do this review. I could do it as a biased angry Metallica fan and go on in and endless rant about how bad this is. Or, I could be fair and do a review based on this album alone and ignore how bad it is in compared to their previous albums (excluding Load, that and this album are about tied). Although the first option was tempting I decided to go with the second.

Now, as I now do in all my reviews I will describe the overall sound of the album before I get into my track by track. You’re welcome to those out there who aren’t fond of TBT’s. The sound in this album as I already mentioned is more hard rock than anything else. Some of the songs are in either drop D or drop C. There are plenty of solos. They’re not really up to par with Kirk’s usual work but they’re not too bad as far as solos go. The vocals on this album are a little bit deeper and a tab raspier than James’s vocals on previous albums. The drums and bass are pretty basic but they didn’t take anything away from the album. All in all pretty good sounding album.

Fuel (5/5): This song gets right down to business. No real intro James just gets right into it with the vocals. This is an excellent track to head bang too. Nice fast pace throughout. The guitar work was a tad simple, but it’s hard to tell because it’s played quite fast. The solo isn’t anything to phone home about but it’s pretty good. There are also some nice solo-y riffs under the verses and chorus to give the song that little extra something.

The Memory Remains (4.5/5): Like Fuel this song gets right into things with the vocals. Then it goes into a nice melodic verse riff. After the first chorus there’s nice little solo. There’s some excellent soloing under the last verse before the main solo of the song. The main solo itself was pretty basic but it did go well with the track. Overall this was a stellar track. The only thing that kept it from getting a five was that “la-na-na-na” thing the guitar under it was cool but other than that it was just weird.

Devil’s Dance (4/5): Solid track. Starts out with some bass. It’s nothing spectacular but at least you can here it. Then the guitar kicks in with some nice riffage. Then we get into the verse and a very catchy verse it is. The chorus is pretty good too. The solo for this track is pretty unique. I’m not exactly sure what FX Kirk used on it, but it sounds pretty good.

The Unforgiven II (5/5): Stupendous track. By far my favourite from this album. Nice little intro riff to start things off. Then it gets into the verse riff which is just beautiful. The verse itself is quite soft and then when you might be getting bored. They hit you with the chorus. The chorus has some nice powerful vocals, other than that nothing to special but it does pick up the song some. To add a little spice to the second verse Kirk throws some wah under it. Excellent solo in this song. Almost equal to their previous work, but not quite. Near the end of the song when James is singing they throw the verse from the original Unforgiven under his vocals to sort of remind of the first one. I found that to be pretty neat.

Better Than You (3.5/5): Adequate track. Starts off with the some basic guitar. Nothing special, just power chords. Then we get into the verse, again nothing special. Wonderful chorus in this song, though. Nice powerful lyrics in it. There’s a clever little riff that mimics the chorus before the solo. The solo itself was one of the better ones of the album. Considering it actually had some length, unlike most others.

Slither (3/5): Not a very good track. The beginning vocals were hard to understand. The verse and the chorus were kind of boring. The solo saved this song from a 2.5. It was kind of bluesy, I loved it. I’m not going to waste anymore time on this track.

Carp Diem Baby (3.5/5): Splendid intro to this song. First the two guitars play noted back and forth to each other. It almost makes it seems like they’re arguing. Then there’s a very catchy riff the leads into the verse. There isn’t much to say about the verse and chorus. They’re pretty reminiscent of other songs on this album. The solo wasn’t overly thrilling, but it wasn’t too bad either. The song finishes off nicely, also.

Bad Seed (3.5/5): Catchy intro riff. I especially liked the chorus in this song. It had some nice choppy open notes, which gave the chorus an interesting sound. The verse is just, well, the verse. Pleasant solo. Nice and bluesy just how I like it. The main thing that brought this song down was the coughing at beginning and end. It seemed pointless. I know it had something to do with spitting up a “bad seed”, but none the less I found it to be unnecessary and annoying. Other than that this was a satisfactory track.

Where The Wild Things Are (2.5/5): Mediocre track. Pretty much everything about it was bad. Nothing really flowed together well. It sounded very disorganized. The vocals weren’t great. Pretty much the only decent thing was the solo. What was Hetfield thinking with this one?

Prince Charming (4/5): Easily one of my favourite tracks of the album. Good flowing intro. The song stays strong throughout. Good fast pace. The solo as most others was commendable. James also did a good job with the lyrics on this track. Well written song.

Low Man’s Lyric (3.5/5): This song has a bit of a strange feel to it. It’s kind of like where the wild things are, but better. The guitar is pretty quiet for most of the song. Where as the drums are quite loud. That I didn’t really like. I would’ve preferred to hear the guitar. Good chorus in this song, also. Not much else I can say about this track

Attitude (3.5/5): Nice fast track. Sort of thrash, but not really. The vocals were nothing to rave about but they were okay. Good pace throughout the song. Very fast as I already mentioned. This was nice because the last few songs had been slower and I was getting bored. Good length for the solo in this song, also. Unlike most other vocals for the song, the vocals for the bridge were pretty good.

Fixxxer (4/5): Well written track. Although it tends to drag a little. The vocals for this song were unique to say the least. The solo was very good lasting well over a minute. There’s a nice little drum solo in here as well. Overall I thought this was an excellent track to end the album with.

Pros: Some good riffage throughout
Decent solos
I actually liked James’s vocals on this album

Cons: The music tends to all flow together after a while
While the solos were decent they could have been much better
A couple of the slower songs towards the end just made me angry

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Biased overall rating: 2/5

Recommended Tracks: Fuel, The Memory Remains, The Unforgiven II

And so concludes my review. Hope you enjoyed it. As I’ve stated before this is nowhere near Metallica’s best work, but it is worth a listen. Well, maybe not if you’re a hardcore Metallica fan whose only heard their earlier stuff. If that’s you, stay away. But if you’re actually not into Metallica and you’re more into rock music you might like this album. So, give it a listen



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metallicaman8
June 3rd 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Seond reivew today. Man I'm exhausted.

Comments/Criticism?This Message Edited On 06.03.06

Bfhurricane
June 3rd 2006


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice work. This is a decent album overall, but it's hard to imagine this as Metallica's progression after their previous work. The first 4 songs are definitely the best listens, I liked Fuel, Memory Remains, and Devil's Dance better on S&M though. Atleast this beats their later albums, IMO.
what other review did u write today?

metallicaman8
June 3rd 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

101 strings orchestra- music from scary movies

it's under "other"

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 3rd 2006


4405 Comments


Pretty good review. Do I detect a lingering acknowledgement from the St. Anger thread in the opening paragraph?

metallicaman8
June 3rd 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm not sure I've even read that. It was probably coincidental. Or, I suppose I could have read it, forgot and then made mine similar subconsciously, but I don't think so.

Ah, thank goodness Bron's on this site. He's the only person who reads my reviews regularlyThis Message Edited On 06.03.06This Message Edited On 06.03.06

Hatshepsut
June 3rd 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Write another one!

Good review, my good sir. Still don't wanna listen to this, but it has nothing to reflect on your review. Just not inspired by Metallica any more.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 3rd 2006


4405 Comments


Ah, thank goodness Bron's on this site. He's the only person who reads my reviews regularly


Ah well, you read just as many of mine.



Ridethelightning_9
June 4th 2006


25 Comments


great review mate..
this would have to be metallica's worst album, i really didnt st Anger wasnt that bad (it was still crap)
the load eras were a crap response to the black album which was there bigest success
i dont think anything newer of there's is gonna live it up to aJFA, MOP and RTL

SCREAM!
June 4th 2006


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like this album actually. Good review.

Top 3:
1.Fuel
2.Unforgiven II
3. Attitude

metallicaman8
June 4th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the feedback guys. I may put out another review today.

met65
June 10th 2006


105 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

good review, metallicaman8. keep them coming!

metallicaman8
June 10th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I may be putting out another review tomorrow. Keep an eye out for it.

SCREAM!
June 10th 2006


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wich cd?

metallicaman8
June 10th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Either Offsprings greatest hits or Presidents Of The United States Of America II, not sure yet

WARPATH_88
June 10th 2006


514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review.

I thought this album was pretty good. Had some catchy riffs and such. For some reason ive always been attracted to Bad Seed. Along with Fuel, Memory Remains, and few others i dont remember because I havent listened to this for a while.

Jim
June 10th 2006


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, this ain't as bad as people would have you believe. Plenty of filler, but it's still an enjoyable listen for me. Easy-listening Metallica. Favourite tracks are probably Slither, Where The Wild Things Are and Attitude.
The review was alright, but there was a bit too much focus on the solos. Track-by-tracks can be good, but most people still can't quite nail it.
Comprehensive enough, though. :thumb:

SCREAM!
June 11th 2006


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I cant stand Where The Wild Things Are. The "Wake up sleepy one" gives me shivers(not the good kind)

metallicaman8
June 11th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Same here, hence my 2.5/5

Jim
June 12th 2006


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think I like it for it's originality. It doesn't blend in with the rest of the album like most of the other tracks. It creates a nice eerie atmosphere which I dig entirely. Like the lyrics too.
So wake up sleepy one
It's time to save your world
You're where the wild things are
Toy soldiers off to war..."

Can be repetitive, but.

overdriven101
July 2nd 2006


272 Comments


the effect found on devils dance is a whammy pedal



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