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Reload

Metallica

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Album Review

Metallica recorded so much material for Load — their first album in five years — that they had to leave many songs unfinished, otherwise they would have missed their deadline. During the supporting tour for Load, they continued to work on the unfinished material, as well as write new songs, and they soon had enough material for a new album, Reload. The title suggests that Reload simply is a retread of its predecessor, and in many ways that's correct — there's still too much bone-headed, heavy Southern rock for it to be anything other than the sequel to Load — but there's enough left curves to make it a better record. Marianne Faithfull's backing vocals on "The Memory Remains" complement the weird, uneasy melody, and "Where the Wild Things Are" has an eerie menace that Metallica never achieved on Load. There are also a couple of ballads and country-rockers that don't work quite so well (it's never a good idea to have an explicit sequel, as on "The Unforgiven II"), and that, along with a few plodding Metallica-by-numbers, is what keeps Reload from being a full success. Still, the towering closer, "Fixxxer," along with handful of cuts that successfully push the outer edges of Metallica's sound, make the record worthwhile.

Customer Reviews

METALLICA

Metallica has reloaded and fired. This is an awsome album good work.

Thumbs down for Reload

Apart from "The Memory Remains", "The Unforgiven II" and "Fixxxer" the stuff is pretty bland, nothing interesting and exciting. Fact is, most of the cream stuff was recorded on Load, while the rest (which is not very good) were recorded on this album. One star is for this album.

Brilliant!

Wow, brilliant! Best of there rock albums for sure, Load was boring, this is exciting and vibrant.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to Earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The release of 1983's Kill 'Em All marked the beginning...
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