Metallica – Load Reviews


With Load, Metallica takes a dramatic left turn with their music, continuing in the direction suggested by Metallica, their previous album. The songs on Load have groove; they’re slower, with far fewer of the lightning-fast riffs that have been Metallica’s trademark since their inception. While songs like “Ain’t My Bitch” and “Wasting My Hate” are up-tempo and full of the vitriol one would expect from the quintessential heavy metal band, “2 X 4″ is hard rock with a blues beat, “Her (more…)

13 responses to “Metallica – Load Reviews”

  1. Chofa says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica – Load
    Metallica’s Load album which was released in the 90’s was a masterpiece at the time and still holds to be one of there best albums to date.

  2. Philantha says:

    LOAD, as it seems, is the real litmus test for Metallica's career. This is the album where it was immensely popular with a lot of listeners grunge dominated the charts in 1996, and had heavy radio rotation. LOAD brought many new fans for Metallica (the evaluators included), but is still highly controversial, since they leave a lot of Metallica, the earlier trade mark sound from the 1980s, and many people more about the care of the boys after them. But this album is not without precedent in the Metallica Canon.
      The Black Album, LOAD predecessor from 1991, is often regarded as the true turning point in Metallica's career. Given their progressive metal and incredibly complex songwriting (to the point it was difficult to replicate the music on stage) to its limits or on the Zenit masterpiece … And justice for all, Metallica compared their sound, and finally, the soundboard. MTV back on the Black album songs, and Featured in heavy rotation. While the Black Album disappointed some of the band fan base, without a doubt contributed to the album, the band into the mainstream rock, and finally, much to Metallica's fan community.
      While some of Metallica's long time fans were a little unsure with the subtle changes in the band's musical direction, from the period around 1996, the discomfort turned into full blown hostility. And it's all on this album.
      LOAD completely changed Metallica's sound, and many fans for a long time, for the worst. Gone are the pyrotechnic solos, complex songwriting, and thrash metal mentality, their first four albums in the annals of rock and roll legend. The band cut their hair, started to write songs more like alternative rock, and reaches to a new fan base. LOAD songs have heavy radio rotation (something that was not the case with their previous albums) and they had several singles chart quite high. Still a lot of Metallica fans were not only disappointed, but just flat-out angry with the band, and quit after them after this recording.
      And why? That's a good question. I grew up with grunge, and love of the early 1990s sound. When load came in 1996, I knew I had to. It was the first Metallica album I ever bought (even if my brother had the Black Album, which I too often heard). These two were the first Metallica record I ever heard about
      listening to it, and without knowledge of their older albums, I could never understand why people hated it as much as they did. The songs are great, and although the album is a little on the long side (79 minutes). [In fact, for the longest time if you asked me to name the first Metallica song I would name "Until it sleeps"]. In fact, “until it sleeps” has long been the song I've always thought that if I thought of Metallica. For me it was their final song (although this has changed since then). Without the context of their career, and the response to the music itself, I loved the music and thought it was a lot of their best material. I still think so.
      after, because through the rest of their albums, I now understand why people have such a hard time with this record. Although there is a great mid-1990s recording, sounds very much of the grunge era, I understand now how much of a departure from her previous work, it truly is. Their tempos are fast and furious thrash all the way. And now they release LOAD, and it is all this bluesy alternative metal sounding crap, and they cut their hair, and oh my God, they are not the Sellout?
      Well, Jason Newsted, said it best when he admit that Metallica has sold. They sell every seat at every concert of their tours. They rock the house. And that is what counts.
      While cargo not appeal to a lot of Metallica's fan base, for this listener it has some of my favorite songs from the 1990s. The album plays like a Greatest Hits list of the year 1996, the songs were so big and popular. And fortunately, this is the “popular = bad” equation, most people think. It has the epics ( “Bleeding Me,” “Outlaw Torn”), the radio staples ( “Until he is asleep,” “King Nothing”, “Hero of the Day”), a country sound almost (! ) Song ( “Mama Said), and only a few large flat rock songs (though not necessarily large metal).
      As part of the new fans, the album helped IT, I shook my head to the Metallica purists who hated it. Well, on the other entries, now I understand the purists' frustration at Metallica for such a radical departure that record. It really is Metallica doing alternative. And for those who love thrash and speed metal, have one of the best metal bands always move away from this path can be daunting.
      Metallica has such a successfully implemented metal clay, and their four albums in the 1980s are all fantastic. These records are masterpieces. LOAD, and his successor, not the masterpieces of the early albums are. But that does not mean that they are bad. Far from it. To be fair, it is difficult to define a follow-up to an album like Master of Puppets, a metal of the definitive documentation relating to the 1980s. Although LOAD and RELOAD are not as good as the four, there are not many records that are so good, they are such high standards.
      In the coming years since its release, my appreciation for the album is very slightly reduced, but this has more to do with their success on their previous records as anything critical about these. While her earlier work are clearly masterpieces, the LOAD-era is a very different, and Metallica were on the lookout for a new identity Sonic. Feeling that they still make their way into the new artistic direciton.
      While the purists may be right their earlier work is better, it does not change the fact LOAD is one of the best hard rock albums of the 1990s, and is probably still my sentimental favorite, if not my favorite, more critically, all the albums of Metallica is.
      Chart positions
      Album: # 1
      is not my bitch: # 15
      Hero of the Day: # 1
      , Sleeps up to: # 1
      Mama Said : # 24
      Bleeding Me: # 6
      King Nothing: # 6

  3. Xanthe says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Loaded – Metallica
    Man! This CD was everything I was looking for! The best from Metallica. If you are looking for a cd to introduce yourself to Metallica, this a good one to start with.

  4. Austin says:

    This is the album Metallica would have been in 1993, when Cliff was still alive. Outrage comes the cry from the crowd bemulleted on the back, but all you so-called Metallica fans know that Cliff has been so much in blues and Mozart, such as Black Sabbath and Slayer? The Prog-Rock in Metallica is now over, in that 3 minutes, 30 scale solos are now gone. The blues and Black Sabbath are surfaces. How many of you are on war pigs with a harmonica? How many of you complain when the boys in Pantera and Sepultura's hair cut? They all just wanted an excuse to hate Metallica. And yet they still swept the rug from under the feet of the release of this, its deep and diverse work yet. Hetfield has never been better, and the lyrics to Outlaw Torn Bleeding Me and are the best he has ever written. Yes, they are not so difficult, even angry, as they were. Maybe when you get older, the balls it took to show them. They knew they would lose a lot of fans with this. What is the talk of selling out? They knew that if they released an album, as before, it would sell well. She has a great risk in releasing this as it would in the end that it is too easy for the elitist, and too heavy for the mainstream. Why all the criticism of Mama Said? Nobody so much as blinked at has Pantera Suicide Note Part 1, or have Jasco Sepultura or Kaiowas. Metallica start to the areas that they do not, and so they have some great music that deserves to be heard and judged, but as a hated, just because everyone else does not. Fair enough, why they wanted a song like “Poor Twisted Me” on the album completely escapes me, but when songs like “Thorn In” and “Until it sleeps” that allow it matters little . It is not as hard as the bone-head wanted to, but if a song does not have distortions, not that it is a bad song? No, this is an album for every mood, and it is a rock album. She has never said it was as hard as Master of Puppets, and if you expect that they bought, then die. I personally would have preferred to “justice for all” Part II, but it does the job well. And it is better than the room, throw on Reload. And not to me that guff about the “sell-out”. They were a risk because they knew that the mainstream have been afraid of the big, ugly Metallica, and that the old “Metallibangers” (sorry, that word, but you get the idea that I'm talking about) destroyed them that They are for “light”. If they did, Master of Puppets, Part 2, would then be sold, how it would be covered by the bucket load, and they knew it. Did you know that somewhere out there in the world, there is someone who hates Metallica, just because James stopped drinking? And for those who have ensured a place in history … as a whole f ** king Moron …

  5. Fritzi says:

    The direction came on Load Metallica shows exactly what they are since the beginning. Going with their instinct to do what you are of the opinion that it considered necessary to protect yourself, regardless of what some people may backlash. This album is Metallica at a level over the entire genre of metal. They showed that in contrast to most metal bands, they write beautiful, melodic music, and try new things. In fact, this album is more than most metals, because of its heavy blues influence. After all, blues was one of the biggest influences on the formation of heavy metal. Now on the album itself
      shop has a wide variety of styles. They are powerful, up-tempo rockers such as “Wasting My Hate''is not my Bitch” and “heal”. A soft-rockers with an intense Bridge / Outro in “Hero Of The Day”, and one of the biggest surprises of the album, country-esque tune “Mama Said”. What is an absolutely beautiful tribute to James on his deceased mother, and someone with a heart should be able to appreciate. But the highlights of the shop in my opinion, are the epic rock classic “Bleeding Me” and “Outlaw Torn”. The texts, the solos, the riffs, the beats, everything about these songs is perfect and brilliant. Metal or not, these songs go down in history as an amazing piece of work.
      In sum, although the average Metalhead will tell you how they just “old Metallica”, the music fan the opportunity to invite appreciate what it is. Just because it is not made of metal, does not mean it is not good. Metallica took a daring risk that most metal bands would be afraid of death, in her career. And it pays off, as the music on this album comes from the heart, and shines with a brilliance that only Metallica was in a position to deliver.

  6. Chole says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    2.5 stars. Metallica goes alternative.
    When the Black Album was released, fans of Metallica cried fowl, as the thrash metal sound was lost into something more commercial and generic, although it still wasn’t a bad…

  7. Wycliff says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    great album if anyone else had made it
    Okay, I’m going through the inevitable re-assessment of Metallica’s catalog that comes with every new album.

  8. Phillip says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “Betrayal” or not, still a very good album
    Okay, I’ll admit it up front: this does not sound like the Metallica we were used to. That said, the album is very good.

  9. Edith says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant Hard Rock Album
    After recently buyin Death Magnetic and being very impressed , i decided to buy Load, one of Metallica,s albums i,d passed up on due to bad reviews , Hmm big mistake , this is…

  10. Viveka says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The 4 horsemen mature further with a very good album
    This was when James was still James. He wasnt taking lessons by some psychiatrist on how to be “in touch with his feelings” and all that.

  11. Esther says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a great ROCK album….
    …..not a METAL album, but a ROCK album.
    Problem with a lot of hardcore metalheads is that they can’t venture out of their narrow views, and I say that as someone…

  12. Valley says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty good.
    There isn’t a single veteran Metallica fan in the world who thinks the band peaked after the Black Album.

  13. Keyshawn says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This album is incredible. Metallica’s previous five albums are ‘heavier’ in a metal sense, but the sound in this album is anything but empty.

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