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Editors’ Notes

Making a Metallica album is no easy feat; there are no shortcuts when it comes to capturing the band's massive sound on tape. Metallica had initially envisioned Load—its first non-thrash album—as a double CD. But when reality hit and it proved both too much for fans to process at one time and too much for the band to complete at once, Reload was made into a distinct 76-minute follow-up. Naturally, the sound here is similar to Load, where the band abandoned its thrash rhythms and excessively speedy guitar solos for a bluesier sound that was closer to traditional hard rock. “The Memory Remains” features a haunting cameo from Marianne Faithfull that underpins the creepiness. “The Unforgiven II” serves as a sequel to a track on Metallica, a.k.a. The Black Album. “Better Than You” nearly shuffles as it moves effortlessly through the verses before hitting the hard-on metallic chorus. Best of all is the haunted vibe of “Where the Wild Things Are,” where the group captures a heaviness that doesn’t rely on overstating its case.

Customer Reviews

Different is Good

Metallica can't play the same thing all the time, you so called "fans" aren't really ones at all if you don't like new and original music, but
to me personally, this album is perfection

Some good but some horrible

Going back and listening to the album I see the true crappiness of a lot of the songs. It's like they were phoning it in. It's not a Metallica album, it's a Metallica lite album. Between both Load & Reload there is one decently mediocre album. I'd get any other album of Metallica's catalog before you by this.

Worse than Load

A few listenable tracks like "Memory Remains" but nothing great. Stick to their first 5 albums and you won't miss much.


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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