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Following last year's quadruple platinum Load, Metallica RE-LOAD with a dozen (or so) new songs. Over twenty-five 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. Certified triple platinum by the RIAA. (11/98)
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 "Where the Wild Things Are" features the multilayered vocals and guitars that Metallica is famous for, albeit at about half their usual speed. The opening ("Fuel") and closing ("Fixxxer") tracks are especially strong, and intermixed with some slower, country-inflected tunes are the obnoxious rockers that made Metallica the long-running success they are. --Genevieve Williams
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As any Metallica fan knows, the band underwent a serious transformation when they reached the nineties. After touring for several years in support of their self-titled album, they got together and recorded their sixth album together. The band ended up with more material than they could fit onto a single album, so they leftovers got released on an album the following year. How does Reload measure up? Read on for my review.
The album starts strong, with the hard and heavy rocker Fuel. This is one of the band's better songs from the nineties, but it still doesn't hold a candle to their eighties stuff. In The Memory Remains, the band serves up what had potential to be an excellent song, but they ended up blowing this opportunity by featuring an old lady on backing vocals! The Unforgiven II is, other than a similar into, unrelated to 1991's The Unforgiven. This track is no ballad, but rather hard and heavy nineties rock. Devil's Dance and Better Than You are rockers worth mentioning as well, but not even they can save this album. Like I said, these tracks are nothing more than leftovers from the Load sessions. What you ultimately get here is songs like those from Load - only worse. That means that if you hated Load, you'll hate this one even more.
My final verdict is to buy this album ONLY if you're a die-hard Metallica fan. Also, listening to it before you buy may not be a bad idea. However, if you don't like the band's mid-late nineties material, this album WILL NOT change your mind. Once again - THIS IS FOR DIE HARDS ONLY!
Slow: Metallica used to play fast music to bang your head to and maybe even mosh to. Now we have all this power ballads and slow hard rock songs good for rock radio that are good to.... yawn.
Weak: No distortion and heavyness what so ever. The heaviest song on this album would be a slow pathetic ballad on a real METAL album.
Boring: other than Fuel and Low Man's Lyrics, all the songs sound the same. No changes, just the same song done with few different variations. can someone tell "carpe diem baby" from "Slither" or those from Load's songs? or even the black album's slow ones?
Just simply bad songwriting, I hope this album was just a whole bunch of left overs from load since they seriously suck, no matter what band would have made it, this songs are just plainly not good, and I do not think it was worth my money to be totally sincere.
Hightlights: The pictures and the artwork
The opening track, "Fuel", was one of the album's biggest hits and current live faves, but both lyrically and musically it finds Metallica sinking further and further into dimwitted neanderthal rock. The James Hetfield that used to pen such masterpieces as "Fade to Black" and "Blackened" is now reduced to such tripe as "Gimme fuel/Gimme fire/Gimme that which I desire/Oooh!" (how could that possibly have passed the drawing board stage?) Even though the song does boast what's indisputably one of the catchier riffs on the album, it's bar band simplicity and the blockheaded lyrics mar it beyond favor.
Of the other singles released from "Reload", "The Memory Remains" sounds like Metallica merely going through the motions, despite the fact that they've only been playing in this style for one album now. The "la la la" vocals by Marianne Faithfull are a horrendous misstep; I defy fans of the song to deny that they wouldn't prefer a version without Faithfull's contributions. As for the other big "hit", "The Unforgiven II" is nothing more than a crass attempt to cash in on the success of a far superior song.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Don't listen to the nay sayers that say this is Metallica selling out, all great bands evolve.Published 15 months ago by music fan
There could potentially be some classics from this album some day. Though the band may have been experimenting with different sounds for this album and the previous album Load. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrew Teichroeb
I am a true Metallica fan & I found that this album was more of a Black album version with no inspirations. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2008 by Martine
I have never been disappointed with Metallica's albums and Metallica delivers on this album. The Memory Remains, Fuel, and the Unforgiven are the best songs on this album. Read morePublished on July 10 2006 by Jason Hutton
After listening to the Load and Reload albums, I've come to the conclusion that they are exactly the same use Use your Illusion I and II from Guns N Roses. Read morePublished on June 6 2005