Before there was Reload, there was Load. This is either the most hated or loved Metallica album out their. Its definetly the softest, but its predecesor was much better. Fighting brutal criticism and zany stompboxex, Metallica makes an album with their "softer" side. Although most people compare this album to "reload" I think that is unfair. This album is not as good, period. It is still a step up, musically, from their "Kill em all" days, and an obvious change of style. If you are willing to give the "new" metallica a chance, don't buy this album, get Re-load instead. This is possibly Metallica's worst album. I do like "king nothing" though.