Metallica
...And Justice for All


4.5
superb

Review

by Andrew Barr (MM8) USER (65 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2006 | 985 replies | 60,817 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


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Metallica - And Justice For All

The Band: James Hetfield- rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Kirk Hammet- lead guitar, back up vocals
Jason Newsted- bass guitar, back up vocals
Lars Ulrich- Drums

…And Justice For All. This album is far from small. Every song, is rather long. In my opinion this one of Metallica’s best, putting its predecessors to rest. This was Metallica’s first album after Cliff Burton was killed. So, onto it the bands emotion spilled. James’ vocals left me in awe, on tracks like “Blackened” and “The Shortest Straw”. The guitar work was also superb. Lots of credit Kirk Hammet does deserve. This is one of few albums where I enjoyed Lars’ drumming. It went well with the rest of the albums extremely fast strumming. I usually like Metallica’s bass, but not in this case. The volume was turned down far to low. Perhaps as far as it could go? This most likely was because of Jason Newsted joining the band. He was probably unsure of whether or not he could out do Cliff’s legendary hands. So, he kept his volume quieter than even that dullest of roars, until he was sure that he could fill the shoes of the bassist the band had before.

Now I would like to dissect the instrumentals one at a time, and while I do so I’ll continue to rhyme. I’ll start with the guitar, which in my opinion was Metallica’s best by far. I really enjoyed the overall sound of the guitar on the album. I don’t think I’ve ever such an interesting sound come from them. I think James used some sort of FX along with his distortion to give it that sound. Although, some of the guitar work did make me frown. I felt that James relied to much on power chords which made the overall sound a little plain. I wonder if it would be different if they still had Dave Mustaine. Kirks solos were nothing short of excellent. You could feel the outpouring emotion coming from the strings he bent. Also, he used a lot more finger-tapping than he does with his usual work. Which I personally loved, it even occasionally made me smirk.

As I previously mention the bass was nothing short of a joke. You couldn’t here it at all, not even one note. Which is unfortunate because a fair amount of it was well written. I must admit when looking at tabs for it I was pleasantly smitten. If only Newsted had a shred more confidence. They bass could’ve really added to this albums dominance. I must say I liked Metallica a little more when Jason was there. Robert Trujillo is a adequate replacement, but what’s with his hair? Yes I will always look back at the days when Jason was there with a smile on my face. He’s probably the only bassist who could come close to taking Cliff’s place. Luckily for Metallica the lack of bass didn’t take too much away from the album. But I still will always wonder what this album would be like if Jason at least played louder than the drums.

Now onto the drums, for which I put up both of my thumbs. The snare had sort of a different sound that is difficult to describe, but it definitely helped to create this albums interesting vibe. Yes, the drums definitely did more than just keep the beat. The marvelous fills kept the listener at the edge of his/her seat. All in all Lars is no Neil Peart, but this is undeniably some of his best work. Although, I think his very best is from St. Anger. Mostly because of the crazy double kick, wonderful stuff for any head banger. But this albums drums are indeed a close second. Perhaps even a tie I reckon.

Overall this album has a very angst feel. No, this is not for anyone who watches Alley Mcbeal. The lyrics are violent, the riffs are fast, it truly makes you want to kick some ass. To be more specific a lot of lyrics were pretty much insulting our countries leaders. You can here the really feel the aggression in James’ vocals as they flow through the speakers. Just thought I’d mention there was also a song on here called “To Live Is To Die”. It’s one of the best tracks on the album, no lie. And you can be certain, it’s dedicated to Cliff Burton

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Pros: Vocals
Instrumentally very sound
Unusually good drumming

Cons: Tends to run together after a while.

And so concludes my review. I hope that enjoyed it too. This album is truly great. So look into it, don’t hesitate. I’ve heard some people refer to this as kind of bland. To those people ‘Meet the back of my hand’. Now I must depart. Another review I must start. But before I do I’m going to watch Miami Vice. So, until next time keep your stick on the ice.

Metallicaman



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metallicaman8
June 22nd 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Did this need another review? No, I said it now no one else has to.

People have been on my arse lately about experimentation. So, I tried something new. The whole thing rhymes. I don't expect anyone to like it. Some of the rhymes are kind of cheesy but meh. It was actually nice to write a review for once and not have to worry about my 100% approval rating.

Comments?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok this albums not as good as i used to think...This Message Edited On 06.25.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

wtf im the one who does concept reviews why the hell didnt I think of this two thumbs up one of the few good metallica albums.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 22nd 2006



4405 Comments


This is a pretty clever review, actually. But I still don't like the conclusion. Ayway, great work, I'll vote.

metallicaman8
June 22nd 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yay. I didn't expect people to like this.

STLMiguel
June 22nd 2006



335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what concept reviews have you done?This Message Edited On 06.22.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nah metallicaman, this review is great.

btw styx, tbs, soad, ava, P!atD, msi, and im currently working on my next one (all off the top of my head)

And the bass on here is audible, just you have to really be paying attention to it.This Message Edited On 06.22.06

The Door Mouse
June 22nd 2006



2092 Comments


Great review, love the fomat u did. im gonna be ryming alot 2 nite. anyways nice review This Message Edited On 03.04.07

metallicaman8
June 22nd 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I knwo you can kind of here the bass. But I exagerated a little to lengthen the review.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah I did that for my Slayer review but shhh dont tell.
EDIT: Miguel, The TBS and SoaD ones are rather loose concepts, really just being concepts in that they all flow together quite well.Everything else is kind of obviously a concept, or a large portion of it is. Unless I edited it out. In which case whoops.This Message Edited On 06.22.06

STLMiguel
June 22nd 2006



335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cool, I was just curious what concepts you had done. I didn't even see the concept in a lot of those, though. Of course, I didn't read every word of every one in that brief span of time, so maybe I missed something.

Mikesn
Emeritus
June 22nd 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Great job with the review.

metallicaman8
June 22nd 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback, gentlemen.

Mathias HIMSELF
June 22nd 2006



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the ryhm thing was funny, especially the last paragraph.
Jasons bass wasnt turned down low because he had a confidence problem, it was because james and lars call the shots in metallica, Newsted only wrote blackened, maybe one or two more im not positive but james wrote some of the bass parts. And even if this wasnt the case im sure Jason wouldnt have a confidence problem after being named to the biggest band in the metal genre at that time, if not still, and any professional in his position wouldnt have "turned theyre bass down."

metallicaman8
June 22nd 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The confidence thing was a theory, not fact.

Mathias HIMSELF
June 22nd 2006



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just putting it out there.

Blokus
June 22nd 2006



155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Uhh. I've heard that the bass was hardly audible because they wanted it to be a tribute to Cliff Burton. But, I hear alot of things and i also heard what you said. Who knows!? Metallica went downhill after Cliff died Anyways, interesting review. It was pretty fun to read.

Hatshepsut
June 22nd 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome. Blackened is one of my favorite songs ever, as some of you already know, and is probably the only song I care for, save One.

The Sludge
June 22nd 2006



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well the trouble that would have been with this type of review of rhyming, is that it would be hard to describe the album while keeping the rhyme. You did a great job covering the album while keeping that silly gimmick up :D.
Voted :thumb:

metallicaman8
June 22nd 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha indeed. It was very, very difficult^.



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