by Metallica

(1997) Elektra #B000002HRE

Personnel Kirk Hammett: Guitar; James Hetfield: Guitar, Vocals; Jason Newsted: Bass; Lars Ulrich: Drums
Description Metallica got killed by their own sucess on this album. What would have been a stellar, multi-platinum debut by any other band turned into the "Bad Seed" (sorry) out of the Metallica collection. If you put your prejudice aside, you'll hear a good album.
Posted By Jason Reich (1765)
Directory Recordings: Metal
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Overall Rating: 3.5 (of 5)
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On 8/5/2002, Frank Flaherty (75) posted:
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In my opinion, this is one of 'tallica's better albums. I don't care what anyone says, this is an awesome album. With songs like The Memory Remains, Fixxxer, Devil's Dance, and Fuel, how can you go wrong?
On 4/27/2002, Tim Segal (82) posted:
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Ok, so this album might not quite be up there as a thrash metal masterpiece, that we're expecting to hear from metallica. But if those who keep complaining about the album being a sell-out or whatever, actually get their heads out from within their own arses, and listen to it they'll notice what a great album it is. Surely it is not too much to expect a band to slightly change their musical style over a period of time, and if metallica wish to vary slightly from their thrash routes, and create a true heavy metal album as good as this one, then good for them. For it truly is a great album, and no-one could even consider criticising the guitar playing of both hammett and hetfield, who now seem to be perfectly interlocked in twin playing harmony. So forgot your half- wit ideals, and actually listen to the album, and you will no doubt see how truly great it is.
On 4/26/2002, Chris Oyer (2046) posted:
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I don't like to compare albums. This record had many good things going for it and kept my attention throughout. Good riffs, good vocals, good basslines, good drummming. 4 stars from an overall music fan.
On 12/8/2001, Keith Deuser (2686) posted:
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An interesting album. It reminds me a lot of The Black Album. Got good guitar riffs, very creative. But I still miss the fast metal riffs of the past. I wish they would come out with more of that stuff. Overall, just good.
On 5/19/2001, Justin Smith (562) posted:
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In retropect, it still just doesn't get it. They seem to steer away from their strengths just too far and when they did play to their strengths they merely rehashed old ideas. Put away the slide and refresh yourselves with a heavy dose of alcoholica!
On 9/28/2000, Will Lockett (49) posted:
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This album is a little better than Load. I like the older stuff a little better, but this is pretty good.
On 8/5/2000, Tom Reitsma (21) posted:
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This is the worst 'tallica album out there. BE WARNED! I bought this album, tried to get into it, but it just plainly sucks!
On 5/7/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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It was a good album overall, but i felt the change from the old metallica was alittle much for me, but they still are a good band, and the album deserves its dues.
On 2/9/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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When people use the term "sellout", they are most likely reffering to this album and its cousin "Load". Even through all the criticism, Metallica has supported this album through and through. Why? Because its a great album. In fact, from a musical standpoint, its better than anything they ever did before. Guitar harmonies? Slide solos? Acoustic guitars? Complex song structure? These words usually never appear in a metallica review. Instead, you read something like "In your face metal blitz!!!!" or "Explosive onslaught of guitar fury!". This album has none of that, and its a shame, because millions of hardcore metal heads have nothing to bang to, but a new generation of discerning listeners has picked up on this new style and accepted it. Sell outs? You make the call, I don't think past albums should be criteria for rating new ones.