Metallica

Metallica

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After the muddled production and ultracomplicated song structures of ...And Justice for All, Metallica decided that they had taken the progressive elements of their music as far as they could and that a simplification and streamlining of their sound was in order. While the assessment made sense

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After the muddled production and ultracomplicated song structures of ...And Justice for All, Metallica decided that they had taken the progressive elements of their music as far as they could and that a simplification and streamlining of their sound was in order. While the assessment made sense from a musical standpoint, it also presented an opportunity to commercialize their music, and Metallica accomplishes both goals. The best songs are more melodic and immediate, the crushing, stripped-down grooves of "Enter Sandman," "Sad but True," and "Wherever I May Roam" sticking to traditional structures and using the same main riffs throughout; the crisp, professional production by Bob Rock adds to their accessibility. "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters" avoid the slash-and-burn guitar riffs that had always punctuated the band's ballads; the latter is a full-fledged love song complete with string section, which works much better than might be imagined. The song- and riff-writing slips here and there, a rare occurrence for Metallica, which some longtime fans interpreted as filler next to a batch of singles calculated for commercial success. The objections were often more to the idea that Metallica was doing anything explicitly commercial, but millions more disagreed. In fact, the band's popularity exploded so much that most of their back catalog found mainstream acceptance in its own right, while other progressively inclined speed metal bands copied the move toward simplification. In retrospect, Metallica is a good, but not quite great, album, one whose best moments deservedly captured the heavy metal crown, but whose approach also foreshadowed a creative decline.

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Release Date:
08/12/1991
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596111324
catalogNumber:
61113

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Metallica 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that metallica is the best metal group that there ever was. My favorite songs by metallica are enter sandman, sad but true, unforgiven, king nothing, hero of the day. And all the other songs they put out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is probably the greatest album they put out. I listened to the other reviewers and I went out and bought it. Its been a month and I still listen to it all the time! Metallica rocks!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i love all of there albums meattica mettlica meattica and justis for all mettlica ride the lighting mettlica master of the puppets and i also i lick mettalica load and roload garge inc
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album! I've listened to Metallica since I was extremely small, I'm now 15 and Metallica still rocks. This is'nt their greatest album but songs like "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", and "Nothing else matters" are still master pieces. I think the last few songs on the album are not so great but overall the CD is amazing, alot better than the failure of St. Anger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has too slow songs. Many has only one riff. So they are very boring ones. I guess this is a classic but only because girls like it. Some Tracks are good like "WHereevr I may roam". Good riffs! The vocalist has just lost his voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a required experience. It will bring you out of the 'dull-drums'. It demands volume as it gets better with wattage. Wake up the neighbors and show no mercy! Must have in any serious music library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metallica, a.k.a. the Black Album, marks the band's entrance into mainstream rock with shorter, pop-structured songs, catchy hooks and riffs, and enough attitude to snag any angst-ridden youth. Only problem is that it's a bit inconsistent; beside such stunningly effective gems as 'Enter Sandman' and 'Wherever I May Roam' are duller fare such as 'Through the Never' and 'My Friend of Misery'. Ultimately though, the good stuff outweighs the bad and any metalhead should enjoy this. The real downside to this album is that it took an excellent progressive speed-thrash band and turned them into a commercial alt-rock band, the type enjoyed by those who like Korn and Limp Bizkit, as one can tell by reading the other reviews here. So I can't say a lot for Metallica's integrity. But, although they went commercial, it can at least be said that they did so with some quality music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album by Metallica. You can tell it's great from the opening riff from the opening song ''Enter Sandman.'' It doesn't stop, it only gets better. They stick with guitar powered songs with ''Sad but True'' and ''Wherever I May Roam''. They have classic metal styles with ''Through the Never,'' ''Of Wolf and Man,'' and ''The Struggle Within''. The also show a more sensitive side with ''The Unforgiven'' and ''Nothing Else Matters.'' They show that they can do anykind of music and be great. This is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not for pansies this cd is ONE of many awesome metallica CD's if you like KoRn or Limp Or any thing buy this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
This undoubtably is the most moving and inspirational album ever. Metallica isn't the best metal band ever....because they're the ONLY metal band that ever lived that really matters. Because nothing else matters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every single Metallica cd (including the box set) out there. This album made such an impact on Metallica that it isnt even comparable to their other CDs. Everything is perfectly balance: The drums are beautiful, the rhythems are storng, the solos are skywards, and the lyrics are smooth yet heavy. The absolutely best blend of metal and rock with a lot of harmony and clarity of sound mixed in. The best songs on here are: Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven(luv the solo), Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam, Nothin Else Matters, The God that Failed, and my most current favorite......My Friend Misery. A BEST BUY!!!........you cant go wrong with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest Metallica album ever... by far. The music is timed impeccably and whats more the bass parts are unbeleivable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love the Metallica album since I first heard it when it came out some years ago I also love the Master of Puppets album, And Justice for All. Pretty much every album ever done by Metallica is good, I have not been let down by any of them.I reccomend them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Metallica album ever! It's got some of Heitfeild's best songs on here!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the black album metallica 5th album/this cd is just totaly awesome great music and great layrics/ and for any of you out there that has a dvd player/or a dvd auido player/you got to also get this 1991 classic on dvd audio/i have the reg cd/plus the dvd audio and on dvd audio it sounds awesome/
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album rocks, in my opinion. And you know what?! James's voice sounds AWESOME! My favorite song on this CD would have to be "Of Wolf and Man".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really cared about this album. Although it's much better than the albums that followed and it contains some good songs, overall it pales in comparison with "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every Metallica CD to date. They all rock. This one especially. I don't know why. Leave me alone...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cds I have ever listened to. I really liked Enter Sandman, Unforgiven, and Nothing Else Matters. This cd has incredible instrumentals. If you don't have it, GET IT NOW!!!!