...And Justice For All
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BLACKENED - Starting, as the two previous Metallica albums on a deceptively soft note, this anti -war track suddenly roars to life with a snarl at it's heart, courtesy of James Hetfield. Jason Newsted's bass sounds like a buzz saw as Hetfield's spits out horror filled images: "Fire! To begin whipping dance of the dead". The abrupt change of pace in the track's middle only goes to prove what an impressive drummer Lars Ulrich can be. Kirk Hammet's lead solo incredibly shows an improvement since the `Master of Puppets' album. An intelligent update of the `Ride the Lightning' leadoff track, `Fight Fire With Fire'.
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - Another soft build-up into a shout of protest. This time the target's the buying off of justice and the corruption of the system. The chorus is a total damnation of the unfairness of it all. Lars pounds every part of his kit in a display of virtuosity that only some metal drummers can manage.Read more ›
This one: Exceptionally well-paced, a tad thinly recorded, brutal sonic delivery. Killer legendary tracks. Thematically unified, this would be Metallica's most socially-driven release as most, if not all, of the tracks seem to deal (in some way) with ostracism, petty-tribal-hates, the plight of those passed-over, those forgotten, those stepped on or kicked out of the way... James's vitriol is unleashed in full! No sleepers, no skippers.
Something I don't see noted in here much: the drums! Lars really pounds the living soul out of himself on this one. There's more variety and interesting bass-drum fill work on this one than previous (and following) releases. It almost sounds like a different drummer at times. Early Metallica skin-work always comes off as a tad marginal... That's probably because I don't know anything about drums beyond digging double-bass-kicks. This one brings them aplenty.
...From the melodic building electric drone of the first track "Blackened," (which infectiously sets the tone for the what is to come), to the take-no-prisoners thrash mayhem of "Dyers Eve," a blistering and acerbic closer.
Some high points: The parts in "Eye Of The Beholder" When James starts howling "Independence, Liberty! FREEEEEDOM!Read more ›
The album opens with 'Blackened', and an atmospheric opening which was actually recorded backwards. After the build-up, James Hetfield displays the song's main riff before Lars Ulrich comes in with a lightning-fast drumbeat. Kirk Hammett's solo in this one is also guaranteed to impress. The title track then follows.Read more ›
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Records are in good condition but the corner of the package was slightly crunchedPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing classic Metallica album. Still sounds just as incredible, even after all these years. Definitely one of their best.Published 15 days ago by crimsonbutterflies
In my humble opinion this album is far and away the best album Metallica ever released. The gritty growl, and smooth rythm guitar,l of James Hatfield combined with the angry scream... Read morePublished 1 month ago by asgcrt2002
Not much needs to be said here. It's Metallica. One of their hardest, angriest most technical albums. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen B.
Just awesome, brutal Metal. One of the best Metal albums ever. Songs are complex and very well orchestrated.Published 1 month ago by Matthew Theisen
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Apr 29, 2013 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres | See all 3 posts
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I agree this cd doesn't have the sound quality of the newer albums. There are a lot of cds from the 80's and 90's that I wish were redone or somehow made louder. The volume is the major problem I have with some of these cds, especially The Foo Fighters first album and Green Day's Dookie.... Read More
Apr 14, 2013 by ScottJ | See all 7 posts
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yeah that so is a filler I think the best song is probably harvester of sorrow or shortest straw
Nov 25, 2010 by UpwardNinja | See all 7 posts
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Seriously? It's a form of art. C'mon icecube!!!
Dec 22, 2011 by R. Bearking | See all 6 posts