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After the megaplatinum success of Metallica (a.k.a. The Black Album), the World’s Most Famous Thrash Metal Band had decisions to make. Grunge had altered the hard rock scene of the '90s, and while it was waning down in 1995 and 1996, this shift was still an obvious concern to the bands it affected. Considering the success of its ballad “Nothing Else Matters,” Metallica knew if it balanced things correctly, it could remain the biggest band on Earth—and certainly its hardest-rocking. But among its hardcore fans, the band might have overplayed its hand, since Load and each successive album have been met with uncertainty. If one accepts Load on its own terms, though, it’s obvious that the slower paces (there’s no thrash anyway) let the band stretch its talents in new directions and learn a new language, away from the usual lightning-fast guitar solos and hyperactive drum patterns. The songs are Metallica's bluesiest and most soulful, with James Hetfield writing of his mother’s cancer in the brooding “Until It Sleeps.” Bob Rock’s production again brings out enormous depth in the band's musicianship.

Customer Reviews

Horrible album... Much like its successor

This album came out around the time the Seattle sound thing was in full bloom and metal bands didn't know how to cope. Metallica turned Alternica by changing their image (including their sound) and there you have it. Every time I attempt to listen to this album I just get frustrated before it reaches the 5th song and then I just turn it off wishing the album never existed.

Big experiment

i like "load". In this album metallica searched new sound and experimented with blues and slow metal...

Personal Favorite

Absolutely my personal favorite. Metallica stepped outside the norm on this one and created an album that rocks every song. I don't know of any other band that can claim that. Bleeding Me and Outlaw Torn...freaking outstanding!


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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