Phil Anselmo: 'Metallica Never Should Have Released 'Load,' It's a Terrible Record'

"I just don't get it," the vocalist says.

Phil Anselmo: 'Metallica Never Should Have Released 'Load,' It's a Terrible Record'
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Phil Anselmo had some harsh words to share about Metallica's 1996 album "Load," saying that it never should have seen the light of day.

Asked by Metal Hammer to single out the album that should not be, Uncle Phil stated, "I would have to say 'Load' by Metallica. I mean, it's a terrible record, man. I just don't get it. If you're gonna put out a record like that, just do a f--king side project or something, ya know?"

Anselmo already criticized the metal giants in a similar manner back in 2003 when they brought Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit on tour as supporting acts.

"Why the hell would Metallica be worried about ticket sales? Bring out some f--kin' good bands," the singer said (via Blabbermouth). "That was due to a conversation James Hetfield and I had years ago when I was talking to him about their new album. I think that was when 'Load' was out, and it kind of shocked everybody - everybody was freaked out."

In a subsequent interview, Phil claimed that Metallica never would have shared a stage with Pantera in the States "because they know what would f--kin' happen. We would f--kin' eat them alive! That's the end of the f--kin' sentence. We would crush 'em."

Drummer Lars Ulrich then responded to Anselmo's comments by saying, "Is he that desperate to tour? I love all these challenges," adding that Phil "has a tendency to talk a lot of horses--t most of the time."

About a year ago, Lars described "Load" and "Reload" as "creatively on par" with the rest of Metallica opus.

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    DickHardwood
    It's kinda ridiculous seeing guys in their 40's and 50's talking smack about each other like high school chicks.
    Jazz1992
    "(Phil) has a tendency to talk a lot of horses--t most of the time." Think what you will about Lars, but he's right about that.
    iljh
    Saying they would crush them and all that is ridiculous. All it would have been was a great show. Phil is just making an ass out of himself... because sadly he doesn't have much left. Voice is completely gone..
    PiercedBand
    Lmao that's hilarious. Pantera would crush Metallica. Metallica doesn't really have any "legendary" records besides Master Of Puppets and ...And Justice For All. Pantera doesn't either besides, in my opinion, Far Beyond Driven. When I think of Phil saying Pantera would crush Metallica I think of the heaviness of the music. The people who listen to Metallica may prefer Pantera just because of how much heavier they were.
    Manovvar
    what's ridiculous about it? older males do nothing but b1tch about this and that lol. you never hung around with your dad and his buddies when you were younger? the only thing that's changed nowadays is that males have gotten so sensitive and very anal...you know, like fvck you if ya can't take a joke.
    tffan92
    Phil really must be trying to be edgy by talking smack on Load instead of St. Anger.
    eatfresh1736
    Phil is the kind of guy who would appreciate St. Anger. Raw, angry, lo-fi metal.
    Sandman4991
    No. They wanted to experiment so let it be. You can't really tell anyone what they should write and record. Actually I like both Load and Re-load, they aren't bad, just so different from all the previous material they released, that a lot of people can't accept it.
    MaggaraMarine
    Yeah. I think it's just great that Metallica had the balls to experiment with new things and not do the same album 20 times like bands like AC/DC (and I have nothing against AC/DC - I like their albums and they do their thing). Metallica has always been experimenting and all their albums sound different.
    Rimfrost
    I don't even consider them to be that different, they are less heavy, but still very melodic and to me the melodic aspect has always been the most important element in Metallica. But that's just me.
    sloppyjoe24
    Okay.
    'DC fan
    I actually like Load, there's a few real good songs on there, granted it isn't Thrash (before anyone slates me) but man it's funky
    Xraiser
    For me, Load and Reload are pretty good albums. The production is great, great vocals (my favorite Metallica album vocal wise) and good songs (Thorn Within, Prince Charming, King Nothing, Fuel, Low Man's Lyric etc.). I guess people slam it because they were expecting another thrash album.
    a drummer
    Load was good. it was different but still good. The House Jack Built, Until it Sleeps, Outlaw Torn, Bleeding Me are all great songs. But i still skip "Mama Said" every time. Sorry James, i love ya, but hate that song, regardless of how "heartfelt" it was
    skyturnedred
    Load and Reload have great songs in them, but as albums they are not great. Good, but not great. I never understood Metallica's fascination putting mediocre-at-best filler songs into their albums to make them all last 70+ minutes. If you removed the bad songs from Load and Reload, they would be pretty ****in' tight albums.
    wolfmoss
    I always felt that Load and Reload considered as a whole were like a band not having been able to cut a songwriting phase down into the single 9 or 10 best songs, but rather releasing a whole bunch as a double album (Chili Peppers I'm looking at you!... ಠ_ಠ). If you took the best songs from off Load and Reload and made them into one album, you'd have to admit that while not a groundbreaking album, it would still be a quality and enjoyable one from an objective musical perspective (as in, not as someone expecting another thrash album). I wish they had done that, then people would have just viewed it as their "softer" phase, rather than the Load phase.
    Shredder666
    This guy sometimes seems like the stereotypical metalhead douchebag. YEEEEAHHAAA \M/ METAL THAT'S ALL I LISTEN TO EVERYTHING ELSE SUCKS \M/ Open your mind.
    kevinmcdonald94
    Pantera eating Metallica alive? I like Pantera alot, but that was the most ****ed up statement ever...
    PwnzoneX1
    More surprising than this article is that UG decides "Hey, let's upload articles on news that happened 18 years ago!"
    jaymz88
    Anselmo has never been a guy who keep his mouth shut. I'm a big Metallica fan but the Loads albums are not very great records so I agree with him on this.
    travislausch
    Load and Reload were the first Metallica albums I ever listened to. They were enough to get me hooked and check out ...And Justice For All and The Black Album, on to the rest of their stuff. Looking back on it, I'm not prejudiced towards those albums for some genre-centric reason. Sure, some of the songs haven't aged as well for me as others, but come on, the albums weren't THAT bad.
    TooMintyFresh
    In other news, "UG has slowest news day thus week" UG has not issued a response yet to these accusations and it looks like they probably never will, more at 11