Reload review by Metallica

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  • Released: Nov 18, 1997
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.3 (198 votes)
Metallica: Reload
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Sound — 9
This was my fourth metallica album, and after listening to MOP, RTL, and KEA, I just wasn't a fan. I pretty much ignored this CD for a few months. I felt it wasn't the thrash that put the metal in metallica, so initially I felt that ReLoad was a huge disappointment. Since metallica was my favorite band (still is), I thought I would just bear with the CD for a couple weeks and listen to it to try and appreciate and respect it at least. Once I did that I found amazing elements in Reload which make it my favortie metallica CD to date. First of all, the sound of the guitars. You can easily tell kirk hammetts influence on jimi hendrix really come out. The rythym guitar is like a fusion of jazz and metal, maybe blues as well. Kirks solos are amazing. They might not be the most technically strenuous lead he has played, but it is really easy to tell he is trying to do something different, trying to be more soulful and meaningful in his solos, and he soars. And lastly, Hetfields voices crush his previous cd's efforts that used to be so aggressive, and in your face (which still is a good thing). But now his voice has matured into a deep soulful voice. With these elements combined and understanding that metallica is not a static band, but a dynamic band who has the ability to change styles and soars very well in them. The sound has definitely changed from their previous efforts, and I respect the change to a more deeper, meaningful, and mature metallica.

Lyrics — 9
Metallica lyrics cover a whole gamut of issues and emotions. They have softer songs like low man's lyrics and unforgiven 2 that tell stories about tragedy of the unfortunate in peoples lives. They also have the typical aggressive, in your face songs like attitude, fuel, and prince charming. The lyrics aren't anything special that influence me or wow me, but at the same time they do limit the swearing, which I do prefer. But the lyrics fit well with each and every song. Their song writing on every level on this CD is almost impeccable. I don't know how they could have made these songs better, and thank goodness the lyrics fit in just fine. Hetfield pulls all of the lyrics with his singing beautifully. I don't know how to explain, I just recommend sitting in your room with the speakers up and listening to fixxxer, carpe diem baby, and unforgiven 2. You will see what I mean by his voice being top-notch.

Overall Impression — 10
Reload is a great album if you choose to appreciate it. A lot of people ay it sucks because it's not a typical metallica album such as KEA, MOP, RTL and ever AJFA. But if you are a musician and understand that musicians need to be dynamic with their music, that they need change, or even that sometimes they need to go to their roots, you would understand that this album is great. I define this album as a mature metallica. Hetfeids voice is deeper and more rich, while kirks solos are more soulful and bluesy. If you accept the change in this album you will find none like it and will thank metallica for not doing another MOP. Who wants another MOP? Not me, because each metallica album is greatly different than the other not only making each albummore creative and enjoyable to the ear, but it makes each album more special for being it's own album and not sounding like another. Honestly give this album a try, try to be an educated listener and understand the dynamic and maturing metallica. I don't know any other band who can go from crazy awesome thrash, to an album like Reload. If you do get the album check out, The Memory Remains, Unforgiven 2, Carpe Diem Baby, Bad Seed, and Fixxxer. I've already bought this album twice and would buy it again. Any true metallica fan should own this and at least appreciate it's depth.

17 comments sorted by best / new / date

    camy1
    to be honest i like metallica but i hated this album it was quite weird when i first listened to this album because it just did not sound like metallica i think personaly they were better when they were doing albums like ride the lighting and master of puppets
    guitarherojosh
    this album is in metallica top 3 the songs are mostly perfect whith some good overdriven blues licks. the memory remains is 1 of metallicas best songs
    Pree666
    Who else but Metallica could make songs in Eb sound so bone crunchingly heavy?
    Slayer
    stoop
    As a metal album,this album is a piece of shit.But as a rock album,this album is the shit.Quality product from metallica for casual and rock listener.
    MaggaraMarine
    queenslander47 wrote: KingSquall802 wrote: ajfa? not much bass? blame it on newsted. blame james lars and kirk for their hazing of jason. They are the ones who took the bass out at the final mastering session, its not jasons fault that there is no bass on AJFA
    Actually it was a bit of Jason's fault as well. He recorded the bass tracks in a couple of days alone in the studio. If he had recorded them with James and Lars and taken some time to play them... and tell what he thought about the sounds of AJFA I think it would have changed the sounds. Jason was used to recording albums in a couple of days (like Garage Days Re-Revisited) but the other guys spent months recording their own parts. And if he had said after the album was completely recorded that he doesn't like the sounds, they would have needed to re record it and re mix it, etc. So it was kind of Jason's fault, too.
    SGofawesome
    stoop wrote: As a metal album,this album is a piece of shit.But as a rock album,this album is the shit.Quality product from metallica for casual and rock listener.
    +1
    skybucket
    CLib wrote: I would much rather listen to metallica doing mainstream music than mainstream bands doing mainstream music, if that makes sense?
    Because Metallica is one of few bands left that actually make music. And all the people who rip on Metallica can't punctuate sentences, can't spell, and all of their useless thoughts run together. So, if your going to rip on a good band, do it like you have a brain, or better yet, shut the hell up.
    CLib
    I would much rather listen to metallica doing mainstream music than mainstream bands doing mainstream music, if that makes sense?
    queenslander47
    KingSquall802 wrote: ajfa? not much bass? blame it on newsted.
    blame james lars and kirk for their hazing of jason. They are the ones who took the bass out at the final mastering session, its not jasons fault that there is no bass on AJFA
    guitarfreak222
    guitarfreak222 wrote: Judas_rising wrote: This album is s**t...no offense to metallica..I mean...they're my idols...but this new trend they're following is seriously pissing me off.The only tracks on this album which have JUST barely made me have some faith in them are Fixxxer and The Unforgiven II...and yes..I liked James better when he screamed...his 'singing' is...well..*I think I'm gonna throw up* when did james actually SCREAM? ive only heard him sing and ive got all of metallica's albums
    Oh I heard him scream in St. Anger in Frantic when he's like FRANTIC TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TOC and alot more, I can't believe the passion and energy his vocals were in st anger.
    stalefishtweak
    One thing i can never understand is that how pure trash metal fans never understand any other forms of music other than thrash metal.... wats the deal??? you gyus really dont know what your missing.... very sad |:-(... to be honest this album isnt better than their previous stuff it is just different..... you cant compare apples to oranges now can you.....
    guitarfreak222
    Judas_rising wrote: This album is s**t...no offense to metallica..I mean...they're my idols...but this new trend they're following is seriously pissing me off.The only tracks on this album which have JUST barely made me have some faith in them are Fixxxer and The Unforgiven II...and yes..I liked James better when he screamed...his 'singing' is...well..*I think I'm gonna throw up*
    when did james actually SCREAM? ive only heard him sing and ive got all of metallica's albums