Marking the 25th release anniversary of "...And Justice for All
frontman James Hetfield
remembered the album, branding it the band's more flashy and show-off release.
After agreeing that "Justice" is a very special album in Metallica opus, Hetfield told Artist Direct
: "It wasn't the first time with Jason Newsted, but it was the first real studio record he showed up and kind of was heard on the album
[laughs]. That's another whole therapy session right there! Touring that thing, I think of it as our fancy, showing-off album, 'We're crazy progressive musicians. We really know how to play here!'
[laughs] Making that work into this is a challenge, and I love that part of it."
During a separate radio chat with 107.7 the Bone
, guitarist Kirk Hammett
discussed the group's upcoming Antarctica concert
, revealing both fear and excitement about the whole project. "It's pretty wacky,"
he said (via Blabbermouth)
. "It's crazy, because I don't deal with cold very well, so I have my reservations. But it should be pretty cool, because we've played the North Pole before - we've played Tuktoyaktuk
[in 1995] - so we have to play the South Pole."
Back to Hetfield's interview, the singer/guitarist also discussed the Lady Justice statue the band was using back on "Justice" tour and its modern incarnation in "Through the Never
," calling it "Doris on steroids
"She went from about twenty-five feet up to fifty-something feet,"
James said. "She's doubled in size and is as ominous as ever. When she falls, she falls wherever she wants to fall. The head ended up knocking Lars's drums over at one show in Mexico City during some of the trial runs. It ended up in the crowd. People were very cordial and gave her back. You've got a giant head that's the size of a car coming at you into the crowd. It's the most dangerous stage in rock 'n' roll."
So what are your thoughts of "...And Justice for All" a quarter of a century later? Let us know in the comments.