Metallica – Reload Reviews


For many heavy metal fans, Metallica epitomizes the genre, especially for those listeners who remember the band’s fast-and-furious 1983 debut, Kill ‘Em All. As a result, their continued foray into a more stripped-down, laid-back sound with this album has met a mixed response. However, there’s enough innovation and just plain strange stuff on this album to make it worth a listen. The creepy “The Memory Remains” is perfectly accentuated by Marianne Faithfull’s backing vocals, and “Wh (more…)

13 responses to “Metallica – Reload Reviews”

  1. Denim says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica – Reload
    This was the follow up to Load and Reload had just as many hits on it as any other album. With songs like the Unforgiven 2, The Memory Remains and Fuel this was yet another…

  2. Rahima says:

    First of all, who is this album, on the basis of recent releases, Metallica is missing the point. We are no longer in 1983. At least in their albums, Metallica have their stamp on thrash metal and have agreed on. They still play all the old stuff live, and play it better than ever. Anyway, let us to the point here. If you are a hardcore Metalhead, and do not accept, but fast and furious music, this album is not for you. If you are only a fan of good hard rock of all kinds from blues to metal, then this. As far as Lars' drums here, it is easier than before. Above all, because the burden will be more guitar driven (both Kirk and James play rhythum) than before, and Lars is always easy vibe-oriented, rather than all the flashy and show-off. Still, as the songs on “Fuel” and “Bad Seed”, there are still some good drum fills throughout the album. Even though it happened 100 times before, I think it necessary to oppose this song for defining Song. I also hear, as I write. 1) Fuel: fast songs, as the title indicates. Almost reminicent old Motörhead, especially “Ace of Spades”. The quick and easy main rhythum, the guitar fills in between, and Lars' churning Double Bass Drum in Chour. The best song on the album. 2) The memory remains: An old friend of the Stones, Marianne Faithful, contributes some vocals here. Even simple guitar riffs, almost like a dark Iron Maiden. The theme deals with famous people hiding in the spotlight. You'll notice that Kirk's Blues performs more than speed, something he made one of his guitar heroes: UFO's Michael Schenker. Another great song. 3) Devil's Dance: Funny how the old Metallica never wrote anything about the devil. This is where the hardness starts. The opening guitar effects are great (especially the crunchy an example: 16). Although they do not have the groove of the classic “Sad but true,” she holds her own. Basically, this song is about the temptations of the devil. A real hidden gem. 4) The Unforgiven II: In fact, it has similarities with the original title in a certain way. James wrote this song one day and realized that the chord sequence was similar to “The Unforgiven”. Rather, they raise when he tweaked it enough so that there is only a continuation. The somewhat “country” sound in the clean guitar James is only with the B-Bender in his Fender Telecaster. The interesting, as in the original, which had heavy verses and the choir music was soft, while here its vice versa. Overall, despite the similarity with the first Unforgiven, this song is good enough to be able to stand. 5) better than you: A song that won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance can not be that bad. The topic deals with something we all can rely on: the desire to be better than your competitors. Hard, driving guitars are the heart of this song. 6) Slite: Although not a terrible song, it is not one of the most beautiful. James seems to tell us something when he says, “It is not here, no heroes.” One thing about all of Metallica songs is that they are open to many interpretations. The man does not seem to have that hand. 7) Carpe Diem Baby: The title says pretty much what the song goes. Strong sense of movement here. If you do not like this, James has two words for you: “Suck it!” 8) Bad Seed: tuning to C # gives this song an added element of hardness. Lars gets a little wild on the drums here, especially in the Chour. Cool song. 9) Where the Wild Things Are: You can know a children's history book of the same name. Haunting opening guitar chords to hitting power. Yes, the whole song is very dark and haunting, reminicent of Alice in Chains. Another cool song. 10) Prince Charming: A fun, loose, and dirty song, sort of like “So What”. Not too much lyrical or musical depth here, just something to sit back and enjoy. 11) Low Man's Lyric: The song about the homeless people seem out of place on a Metallica record. Even if a piece of history, Nothing Else Matters, has the same slow and clean feel, it is not the climatic ending of its predecessor. Many people would be this song, because its a pure ballad, but even that is missing the point. Nevertheless, a cool song. 12) Setting: The theme of the vibe-driven songs still here. Aggressive in his music and texts, his other great song. 13) Fixxxer: Here is where it is ugly (in a good way). The opening of the wahs Hendrix guitar, like in their sound. This is a twisted, heavy song, something like “The Outlaw Torn”. One of the best on the album, and one of the most popular songs among fans. This album, along with retail, is much more to lose than the tension and the speed of the'80s Metallica. However, most modern bands (3 Doors Down, Papa Roach, Blink 182) would crumble under the weight of this album. It could be a weaker than any other Metallica album, but definitely not bad.

  3. Jovita says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Man! This thing really works well in my CD player!!
    Oh, and it sounds nice too! Oh, yeah, it’s in good shape and came in a timely manner also!

  4. Jafari says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This album is a masterpiece. Pure and simple. The people that use the term “sell out” have not musically evolved. Metallica HAS though.

  5. Winka says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    review for music lovers
    If you are of the speed metal only type of metallica fan, then this is not for you. However, if you love music, then this is.

  6. Valkyrie says:

    I have a Metallica fan for years, and when they first published Laden, I like a lot of people disappointed, and I saw this album more of the same kind of … (Re-Load, after all). I had written Metallica as a band, which used to be good. Recently I've changed my mind. I have a comment by Kirk's guitar work, which some people complain about (too much wah, blah, blah). The experts of the defense was him and the band. The point was, would you respect for Metallica, if they are still the Master of Puppets style of music in its Jean jackets and unlaced high tops. The answer is, absolutely not. It would be a group of four cheese balls, which we have not even discussed (I can think of several bands such as this one). With this new attitude, I have a fresh look at the band. I have both loading and updating, and gave them to hear. I must say that I have them both. I should have known that some of the best tracks, not the air play. Some bands have pulled the old Metallica-style, all the raves, but these guys have to. They took their heavy sound, refined it, and added in some contemporary influences (I hear a little Alice in Chains and early 90's, grunge on some of the tracks). I'm also a guitarist, and I have added, since both load and update music on my guitar collection. I've heard a lot of complaints, how the music is so weak, and Kirk's guitar playing is just … . Here is my, that is. From Kill 'Em All, and justice for all, Metallica gradually their music faster and more complicated. The rhythms are faster and more complex song structure became more complex, and they were with full barre chords instead of power chords and justice for all. Some of these songs are very challenging to play, but you can only see the complexity so far. Starting with the Black Album, things are reduced. Song length is kept under control, and the songs are more (like their early work). What Kirk's guitar work, I think he is better than ever. The ability to use the Wah Gabaldon to more expressive solos and singing is a big challenge, which he admirably. Sure, that he did not play pentatonic scales, 100 miles per hour the whole time, but he finally, that blues-metal mixture, it is so long. Conclusion: The knowledge of obsessive perfectionists that, I should have known better than to write it. Whoever says that metallic or sold, not a good job is simply wrong. Ask yourself, why should they sell now, what would they win. The answer is nothing (You think they need the money?). The only thing these people are interested in is the music they enjoy playing. If you do not like their new music, good, but not that with the sale. They have never lost sight of who they really for the music, and this is even how it should be. Stepping off the soap box … Some of the highlights of this album are Fuel, The Memory Remains, Devil's Dance, Carpe Diem Baby, Where The Wild Things Are, Low Man's Lyric, Attitude, and my favorite is Fixxxer. Another great effort by a great band.

  7. Basma says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a repeat of “Load” and yet not a return to what we’re used to
    The Metallica fans are divided, with some saying Metallica has evolved and others saying they betrayed their fans.

  8. Xenon says:

    Okay, it seems to four Metallica fan groups. You have the “I'm the biggest fan, because” no life “to leather” demo came, and they say that Metallica sold with “And Justice for All”. Next you have the “Master of Puppets” group, which says that everything is not as “Master of Puppets” sucks. followed by “and Justice / black album set, which for some reason do not like the earlier” Kill 'em All “and” Ride the Lightning “, nor that” Reload / Load “, a total sell – outs and nothing compared to the Black album, the album all the other “fans” whined abot years when they first made. Then you have the new fan base, which loves “Load” and “Reload” and even buy “Garage Inc.” (cover songs that they influeced) and earlier albums. The funny thing is that you do not hear a lot of new fans on the older albums, or the older songs, they still play on their shows. Some of you so called “Die-Hard Fans of Back in the Day” to lighten a little, and perhaps expand your musical horizons some. “Reload” is not a bad album. It is a bit different, but still a great effort by four talented musicians. Some other reviewers openly refers to “the hair swing” and that is when everything you do, are not buying this album, I agree. There are a lot of hair to swing bands, (Exodus, Meliah Rage, Kreator, etc.) do not have the talent, then or now that the musicians in Metallica have.

  9. Nefertari says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    its funny how this is better than Load
    better than Load but still not enough for me to care. seriously, who cares what Metallica has to say anymore? arent we over it yet?

  10. Shoshana says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica should just quit already. They’ve been awful since the self titled album.
    The best to the worst; Metallica stinks and they know it. The band committed suicide after …And Justice For All.

  11. Emeric says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Cry Us A River
    This album is not terrific, as it has some filler. That filler is, generally, very bad. But when its good, this album succeeds.

  12. Orane says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not good, not HORRIBLE, just…..ya
    Well since the kind of music I like basically died in the 80’s I am really starved for good music and got desperate enough to buy some songs off reload.

  13. Jovie says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No Apology.
    I really like Reload, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. This album rocks, and reminds me of a heavier version of AC/DC.

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