Sound — 10
"King Nothing" is one the best track on the highly underrated "Load" album released in 1995. The track is crushing and catchy, reminiscent of "Enter Sandman" as both songs have a similar structure and tempo. The guitarwork is heavy and thick, the drumming is solid but nothing too technical, just focusing on force. Kirk's guitar solo is great and I'm one of the few people who actually loves his use of the Wah-pedal on the "Load" and "Reload" albums, but since then it has gotten out of hand and he has become a bit sloppy over the years. This solo is probably the third best on the album. When it comes to the bass it's one of Jason Newsted's best performance in Metallica. The song start with a ringing tone of the guitar that kirk plays with one hand. A bass riff kicks in and progresses into the main guitar riff, which is also one of the best on the album.
Lyrics — 9
The song is about people who devote their entire lives to be successful and earn money until one day, they realize ("then it all crashes down") that all their money has gotten them nothing worthwhile. They have wasted their whole life in pursuit of money and status instead of living and being truly happy (where's your crown, king nothing?). James' vocals on this five minute song, just like on most of the album is fantastic and he's voice is commanding as he sings the chorus. The song actually ends with the same words as "Enter Sandman": "Off to never-never land."
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression of this song is that it's one of the best songs from all three album released by the band in the '90s. The masterpieces "Bleeding Me" and "The Outlaw Torn" are the only better songs from the "Load" album, and most people that doesn't like this album tend to like "King Nothing."
Although the underrated "Load" and "Reload" albums are disliked by many fans, it shows Metallica's diversity and creativity in song writing, as well as Hetfield's best singing of his career. "King Nothing" is a perfect example of that.