Sound — 10
This was supoosed to be the album that sold Metallica out to the masses. Complete dribble, just because it sold millions and bazillions of copies, dosen't mean that it is one of those crappy pop albums that go multi-platinum in 5 minutes. It is a well thought through, technically brilliant and well produced Metal record that was only around at the right time for people to discover it. This album, along with "Master Of Puppets," made many people who are logged into this website pick up a guitar and want to become James Hetfeild and Kirk Hammet. So it deserves the same respect as any other record.
Lyrics — 10
James Hetfeild is the most inspiring song writers of any genration. His mix of passion, anger and down right despair isn't the most cheerful but it is thought provoking, able to relate to real life and just plain excellent. Firstly there is the true aggresion of "Don't Tread on Me", then the mellow refelction of "Nothing Else Matters," the evilness of "Enter Sandman" and the pure simple Genius of tracks like "Sad But True," "The Unforgiven" and "The God That Failed."
Overall Impression — 10
Of course you know the classics "Enter Sandman," "Nothing Else Matters," "The Unforgiven," "Sad But True" and "Wherever I May Roam." But the last three Tracks "The God That Failed," "My Friend Of Misery" and "The Struggle Within" show that Metallica can maintain a standard of writing throughout this record. It may not be "Master Of Puppets" but nothing is and this is basically the next best thing.