Metallica
Load


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew Barr (MM8) USER (65 Reviews)
June 26th, 2006 | 30 replies | 5,520 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Metallica
Load


The Band: James Hetfield- Vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammet- Lead guitar, back up vocals
Jason Newsted- Bass, back up vocals
Lars Ulrich- Drums

Metallica’s seventh album was entitled “Load”. After the release of this album their career did implode. Fans were enraged when they switched to hard rock from thrash. They claimed the bands were sell outs and that this was just an attempt to make more cash. This however, was not the case. The band were just trying to take there music to a different place. Although, evidently it wasn’t a place they should’ve taken the time to go, as most of Metallica’s fans had this to say about the album “it blows”. Although I must disagree with this proclamation. I found this album to be rather good, with a few exceptions. A lot of the instrumental work was first rate. So look into this don’t hesitate. It’s not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Check it out and you will see. The guitar is far from Metallica’s best, but every album can’t be Master Of Puppets so give it a rest. It really wasn’t that bad, but unlike most of their other work it was more ballad. Some songs were in drop C or D. Nothing wrong with that that I can see. The bass had actually improved. Some excellent bridges and interludes. The drums however were a tad lacking, it seemed perhaps that Lars was slacking. Although, they kept the beat and that’s all this album needed to stay on its feet.

Now I’d like to tell you a little bit about what was happening with Metallica at this point in time and whilst I do so I’ll continue to rhyme. Metallica were at a delicate point in their career. The controversial reaction to their last album instilled them with fear. The world was watching their every move and they wanted to put out an album with a brand new groove. This was most likely a mistake as people judged it as trash, perhaps they should’ve stuck with thrash? But musical problems were not their only trouble. The band was going through problems itself, with Hetfield and Ulrich practically in a rumble. I big part of the bands problem was their writing process. It relied pretty much entirely on Hetfield, which was the cause of a lot of their troubles and financial losses. So after the release of Load and Reload they decided to share the writing responsibilities and went on to explore the bands unlimited possibilities.

The first four tracks of the album were very strong and like most Metallica songs were rather long. Some of James’s best vocals came from this, overall. Except for the vocals from …And Justice For All. The guitar work for the first few songs was simply brilliant. Then again I’m a bit of a Metallica fan boy so I may be being a bit lenient. The solo work was less in quality then Hammet’s usual stuff, but all in all I think it takes a little too much guff. They really weren’t band at all but perhaps they were just a tad small. Could’ve been longer could’ve been louder. I’m sure that would’ve made all their fans much prouder. There was also an excessive use of power chords. At times this put in me into somewhat of a bore. There wasn’t too much bass to speak of in these four tracks, but I’ll get to it later so crack open a beer/soda pop and relax.

The next four tracks are a bit of mixture. Some heavier tracks and some ballads, which paints an interesting picture. It liked this because it kept the album going, with no signs of slowing. It’s always great when bands throw in different songs near the middle of the album. It keeps the listener listening, which prompts then raise there thumb (in approval). I especially enjoyed the acoustic tracks. They improved the album, or in other words picked up the slack. Both contained admirable solos. How James manages to write so well nobody knows. The heavier tracks were also very well written. I was indeed pleasantly smitten. I liked “King Nothing” more than “The Cure”. Although, the two are quite close, you can be sure. King Nothing contained some superb bass. Which sky rockets that track into first place (in other words it’s my favourite track off the album). The solo in it was also splendid. I truly wish it had never ended.

The last six tracks, like the mid four had a high level of contrast. Thanks to that aspect of the album, my expectations for this were surpassed. “Mama Said” one was my favourite of the last six songs. Primarily because it seemed sort of like it didn’t belong. It really stood out. Like a fat guy with gout (at a anorexia convention). Although, this album did have its fair share of softer tracks. This one still stood out, leaving most other tracks behind its back. I was extremely impressed with James vocals on the last six songs. He stayed in key, even when the notes were long. Like the previous tracks the solos were superb. Even if they were a tad short, like a sputnik blurb (when the existed).

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Pros: Instrumentally pretty sound
Vocals
A contrast of songs

Cons: Some tracks sounded the same

I find this album to be some what under-rated. Although, I guess some people have good reason to hate it. After some of Metallica’s previous work, this unexpected change may have made them seem like jerks. Their thousands and thousands of loyal fans, who bought tickets to their concerts and filled the stands, took this as sort of a kick in the jewels. Some even left to worship bands like Megadeth and Tool. But I encourage all of you out there to have trust, there next album will be better, it must! Now I’m going to go watch three blind mice, so until next time keep your stick on the ice.

Metallicaman



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metallicaman8
June 26th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok, so yeah this rhymes. Although some of things don't rhyme perfectly. You have to tamper with the pronunciation a bit. And I exagerated a couple things to keep the rhyme going. Enjoy.

temporary
June 26th 2006



207 Comments


Heavy props on the rhymes. Well written review, though I can't vouch for the albums quality (Outlaw Torn is a good song though.)

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2006



17913 Comments


nice, clever review.

havent heard this, but i dont think metallica is anything special soo...

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2006



16071 Comments


tbh I dont like the review, and you should have kept the downlow on rhyming again for a while.

-anti.hero-
June 27th 2006



29 Comments


sub par album, kill em all is still there strongest album in my opinion, and cool review

but i think metallica died along with cliff burton

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2006



17913 Comments


[Quote=-anti.hero-]but i think metallica died along with cliff burton[/QUOTE]

agreed.


Jim
June 27th 2006



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nifty review. An entertaining read! Rhyming bad with ballad was the only questionable inclusion.
As for the album - well I like it. Not the best, but definitely some solid stuff.

MyRamona
June 27th 2006



1070 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...And Justice For All is better than KEA. And you.


Pwned, this is definately the best of the worst. This album is a lot more Rocking than Metal IMO.


metallicaman8
June 27th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Iluvatar, I'm not sure why I should have kept the rhyming on the D.L. but whatever. I've got some other interesting new concepts brewing for my next review.

SCREAM!
June 27th 2006



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Coo. Concept reviews are always entertaining. Nive review :thumb:

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 27th 2006



4405 Comments


Iluvatar, I'm not sure why I should have kept the rhyming on the D.L. but whatever. I've got some other interesting new concepts brewing for my next review.


Because it's re-hashed, and looks like you're trying to re-create something that you already did well. What, preytell, are you reviewing next?
This Message Edited On 06.27.06

metallicaman8
June 27th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not sure what I'm reviewing next but I have a couple new ideas on how to review it. So am I to understand if you come up with a new concept you can only use it once?

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 27th 2006



4405 Comments


I wouldn't say that. You should just put some space between them. It'd be like if Pink Floyd kept making noises in every song for one of their concepts... BUT WAIT.

Jaxom_of_the_Lambs
June 27th 2006



9 Comments


I wouldn't say that. You should just put some space between them. It'd be like if Pink Floyd kept making noises in every song for one of their concepts... BUT WAIT.


Ha!

met65
June 27th 2006



105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I agree with you saying it's underated. Overall, great review!

SCREAM!
June 27th 2006



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer Reload personnally.

metallicaman8
June 27th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There about a tie. Reload has some better tracks, but this has a better range of different sounding tracks, to keep the listener from being bored.

Diabulus in musica
June 28th 2006



485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Reload is better IMO, it's more heavy than this one, plus Reload has Fixxxer hahahaha.

Jim
June 29th 2006



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think ReLoad's a better album too. The filler tracks are a bit better, and the whole album swaggers on with plenty of style and attitude.

Diabulus in musica
June 29th 2006



485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hahaha, dude u are a genious (reviewer), how long did it took you to think of all that stuff, the words for it to rime and all that??thats very interesting.



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