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Load Explicit Lyrics

3.3 out of 5 stars 469 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 4 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002HMH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 469 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Ain't My Bitch
2. 2 X 4
3. The House Jack Built
4. Until It Sleeps
5. King Nothing
6. Hero Of The Day
7. Bleeding Me
8. Cure
9. Poor Twisted Me
10. Wasting My Hate
11. Mama Said
12. Thorn Within
13. Ronnie
14. The Outlaw Torn

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Over twenty million records sold in the U.S. alone. Sold-out tours worldwide. Zealously dedicated fans. A sound copied by many, matched by none. It all adds up to one simple fact: Metallica is the biggest band in the world. Period. Load is Metallica's first album of all-new music in five years and the follow up to the biggest-selling hard rock album of the '90s. Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (11/97)


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, "Hero of the Day" sounds positively mainstream, and "Mama Said" is an actual, honest-to-god ballad. While some diehard fans may find this mix unappealing, there's plenty to like about this album, including its laid-back, rhythmic orientation, and James Hetfield's characteristic growl tempered by his growing maturity as a vocalist. -- Genevieve Williams

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LOAD, it appears, is the true litmus test of Metallica's career. This is the album where it was tremendously popular with a lot of the grunge listeners, dominated the charts in 1996, and had heavy radio rotation. LOAD brought in a lot of new fans for Metallica (this reviewer included), but is still highly controversial as it abandoned much of Metallica's earlier trademark sound from the 1980s, and a lot of people stopped caring about the boys after this one. But this album is not without precedent in the Metallica canon.

The BLACK ALBUM, LOAD's predecessor from 1991, is often seen as the true turning point in Metallica's career. Taking their progressive metal and incredibly complex songwriting (to the point it was difficult to replicate the music on stage) to its breaking point or zenith on the masterpiece ... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, Metallica pared back their sound, and ultimately became more commercial sounding. MTV picked up on the BLACK ALBUM's songs, and featured them in heavy rotation. While the BLACK ALBUM disappointed some of the band's fan base, without a doubt the album helped move the band into the mainstream of rock, and ultimately greatly added to Metallica's fanbase.

While some of Metallica's long time fans were somewhat uneasy with this subtle change in the band's musical direction, by the time 1996 came around the unease metamorphosed into full-blown hostility. And it's all due to this album.

LOAD completely changed Metallica's sound, and, for a lot of long time fans, for the worst. Gone are the pyrotechnic solos, complex songwriting, and thrash metal mentality that carried their first four albums into the annals of rock and roll legend. The band cut their hair, started writing songs more like alternative rock, and reached out to a new fan base.
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Metallica have spent the last seven years claiming that anyone who doesn't like "Load" is a hatemonger out to stifle the band's musical ambitions. Pull up a seat, Lars, it's time we had a chat.
First of all, you guys made a bit of a left turn on 1991's so called "Black Album" (didn't Prince beat you to that one?), and many self respecting "old school" 'Tallica fans consider it hands down your finest hour. Do you honestly think it's the haircuts that made the difference this time around? Let's start with pre-LP single "Until It Sleeps". If I wanted dime store Smashing Pumpkins I'd have picked up "Adore" or that Zwan album. Hell, stick a pair of plugs up James' nostrils and you'd have a breathy instrumental. I still cannot figure out to this day why some people insist on pretending Hetfield can sing, but that's between you and me, Lars. We both know who the REAL backbone of this group is.
Next up: what's up with "Ain't my B**ch" exactly? Bet you spent a lot of time on that one, what with it's complex time signatures and grad school lyrics. Yes, Lars, I AM giving you sh*t. Frankly I'm tired of listening to yours. Have you noticed the fans at your shows getting younger and younger? Yes, Lars, the kids DO spend more money than their thirtysomething counterparts, that wasn't my point. Did you ever think maybe the fans are getting younger because teenagers are a bit less discriminating and thus easier to please intellectually? Wait, you think this is a GOOD thing? Lars, you're forty f**king years old. Name one forty year old Priest fan who thinks "Parental Guidance" is their best song. This is your legacy we're talking about here! Are you sure you want to cash all that in for a few quick bucks?
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My one advice for this cd is the quicker you realize that Metallica is no longer a thrash metal band the better. If you put this cd up against a majority of rock cds out there, you'll actually find that this is still a good album. I know I might get some negative feedback from this, but I thought this is better than the Black Album. I thought Jame's lyrics were much better, and I thought the production was a lot more solid. "Ain't My B****" is the first song that makes you realize the new transformation. From the get go you can tell that the metal days are long gone, and that the hard rock/alternative style is the way to go. If you thought "Nothing Else Matters" was a soft song wait until you hear "Mama Said". It could be classified as a country song by many. "Bleeding Me" and "House That Jack Built" shows that they can still jam for 6-7 minutes like the old days. "Waste My Hate" and "King Nothing" still shows they can rock out. Overall i'd give this more like 3 and a half but i can't do that. I'd say if your just getting into rock i'd start here or on Garage Inc. ReLoad was pure [junk] sorry to say.
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I find myself being one of the very few people who stands in the middle on this release. For the most part people either hate it with a passion and call Metallica sellouts for releasing it, or they furiously insist that this is Metallica growing musically and is an amazing release. I do not think this album is what could be called metallica selling out, I believe it is however Metallica experimenting more and playing more for themselves.
Wether that is good or bad is dependant. For the happiness of the members of the band, it's great. For listeners it's a bit of a letdown. The album is not bad, but it is nowhere near the great levels of their previous works, especially Master of Puppets and AJFA. Whereas those were concise pounding pieces of work that got in your face and told you exactly what the artists felt, Load kind of sits you down a chair, invites you in to share a beer and lumbers along through its tale like an old man. Some of the songs on here come out sounding great, and while being a different style than the earlier work, are just as good. Sadly tough there are few songs that do that. For the most part the songs are average rock songs that neither suck nor grab you and take you along with them as they unfold. There are a few big stinkers on the album as well as is to be expected.
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