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Load

MetallicaAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (688 customer reviews)

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Since their inception in 1981, Metallica have gone from an underground heavy-metal band to one of the most successful acts in the world, with an intensely loyal if not rabid fanbase. Their relevance is undeniable as evidenced by their ability to sell out stadiums and arenas worldwide while continuing to sell millions of albums with each release -- a feat no other band in history has sustained ... Read more in Amazon's Metallica Store

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  • Audio CD (June 4, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: June 4, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HMH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (688 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't My Bitch
2. 2 X 4
3. The House Jack Built
4. Until It Sleeps
5. King Nothing
6. Hero Of The Day
7. Bleeding Me
8. Cure
9. Poor Twisted Me
10. Wasting My Hate
11. Mama Said
12. Thorn Within
13. Ronnie
14. The Outlaw Torn

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With Load, Metallica takes a dramatic left turn with their music, continuing in the direction suggested by Metallica, their previous album. The songs on Load have groove; they're slower, with far fewer of the lightning-fast riffs that have been Metallica's trademark since their inception. While songs like "Ain't My Bitch" and "Wasting My Hate" are up-tempo and full of the vitriol one would expect from the quintessential heavy metal band, "2 X 4" is hard rock with a blues beat, "Hero of the Day" sounds positively mainstream, and "Mama Said" is an actual, honest-to-god ballad. While some diehard fans may find this mix unappealing, there's plenty to like about this album, including its laid-back, rhythmic orientation, and James Hetfield's characteristic growl tempered by his growing maturity as a vocalist. -- Genevieve Williams

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Over twenty million records sold in the U.S. alone. Sold-out tours worldwide. Zealously dedicated fans. A sound copied by many, matched by none. It all adds up to one simple fact: Metallica is the biggest band in the world. Period. Load is Metallica's first album of all-new music in five years and the follow up to the biggest-selling hard rock album of the '90s. Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (11/97)

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113 of 133 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
LOAD, it appears, is the true litmus test of Metallica's career. This is the album where it was tremendously popular with a lot of the grunge listeners, dominated the charts in 1996, and had heavy radio rotation. LOAD brought in a lot of new fans for Metallica (this reviewer included), but is still highly controversial as it abandoned much of Metallica's earlier trademark sound from the 1980s, and a lot of people stopped caring about the boys after this one. But this album is not without precedent in the Metallica canon.

The BLACK ALBUM, LOAD's predecessor from 1991, is often seen as the true turning point in Metallica's career. Taking their progressive metal and incredibly complex songwriting (to the point it was difficult to replicate the music on stage) to its breaking point or zenith on the masterpiece ... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, Metallica pared back their sound, and ultimately became more commercial sounding. MTV picked up on the BLACK ALBUM's songs, and featured them in heavy rotation. While the BLACK ALBUM disappointed some of the band's fan base, without a doubt the album helped move the band into the mainstream of rock, and ultimately greatly added to Metallica's fanbase.

While some of Metallica's long time fans were somewhat uneasy with this subtle change in the band's musical direction, by the time 1996 came around the unease metamorphosed into full-blown hostility. And it's all due to this album.

LOAD completely changed Metallica's sound, and, for a lot of long time fans, for the worst. Gone are the pyrotechnic solos, complex songwriting, and thrash metal mentality that carried their first four albums into the annals of rock and roll legend. The band cut their hair, started writing songs more like alternative rock, and reached out to a new fan base.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bottom Line December 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Let us start from the beginning. The question is not whether or not Metallica "sold out" because they changed their music style. The issue in a review like this is if the album was good or if it , instead, sucked royally.
To give an album one star means it sucked royally. While "Load" may not have met the expectations of some, it was at least a decent album. No, it was not thrash or speed metal. Like its previous effort, "Metallica" (commonly known as the "Black" album) "Load" had a more rock oriented sound to it. (No, it was not an alternative album, if anything "Load" at least represents a good hard rock album.)
Load did not suck royally. So, in my opinion, it deserves three stars. It did not meet the same level as an album like "Black," which would be a four or five.
As for earlier albums, this album is different. Understandably people buying this album expecting to see Metallica's thrash-metal roots (see "Master or Puppets" or "Ride the Lightning") clearly are disappointed. The reason for such disappointed is well founded.... "Load" is not a thrash metal album. It is, instead, a clear progression from earlier albums. Go ahead, listen to them in order and see if you can't expect an album like "Black" or later "Load."
Face it. James Hetfield and company aren't angry 18 year olds. If they were, they would be pumping out more albums like "Kill `Em All." And, no doubt, we'd be sick of them and complaining that all they can do is create copies of the same thing. Let Metallica evolve. Give them a bit of slack, and see where things take them. If you don't like where things are when, god forbid, Metallica is no more, then you can complain about where they ended up. But right now, they are still a work-in-progress (like any band still playing), so let's just see where evolution takes them.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maturation is not the same as Selling Out August 24, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Those that buy this CD and instantly return it when they don't hear another "Enter Sandman" or "One" should question whether they ever were fans to begin with. Load was six years after the Black album, and it is unreasonable to expect no changes to a band's music over such a period of time. Those avid fans of "Justice" that frown on "Load" should compare their favorite album to "Bay Area Thrashers" and "Kill 'Em All." The differences in style over time are evident. Metallica has not "sold out." That's a pejorative explanation for those who need some sort of conspiracy theory to explain why Metallica would do this vicious thing to their fans by not writing fourteen of the same songs they've already written. "Load" doesn't sound like anything Metallica has done before, but does that make it bad, just because it wasn't what you were expecting? (In fact, the one song that is like the previous albums, "King Nothing," is among the worst on the album because it is unoriginal and uninspired.) Once you notice what the songs are like, instead of what they're not like, you realize they are memorable, original, and full of the same guitar wizardry that put Metallica on the map. I say, if they're writing the kind of music that they want to write, that's the exact *opposite* of "selling out."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone elso noticing a pattern? February 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What I have noticed in every Metallica album since Load all the way up to St. Anger is that ALL of them are pretty decent albums. But, all of them take a lot of listening to appreciate. I have all the albums and my favorite one by FAR is Master of Puppets, NO questions asked. So when I first listened to Load I hated it. The only good songs at first were Ain't my Bitch, Until it Sleeps, King Nothing and Cure. I HATED Hero of the Day at first but, slowly but surely the song grew on me. Some of the other songs like 2 x 4, Poor Twisted Me, and Thorn Within didn't really appeal to me at first. So when I first bought the album and listened to it, I discarded it for the longest time. Finally I was bored so I decided to listen to the album again just to see what I would think, and I still didnt like it. Finally after listening to it a third time, SOME of the songs mentioned above I started to nod my head to. Then listening to it a fourth time I actually started to really enjoy the album. Now I LOVE it! My point that all the newer Metallica albums like Load, Reload, Garage Inc. (1st album anyways) and St. Anger (S and M doesnt count), they all take a good 4 or 5 listens before you like it. They are easy to discard after the first listen, but you really need to give them a chance, and give it a good 4 or 5 listens and by then, if you still dont like it, sell it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great purchase!
was awesome, still listening to it!
Published 5 hours ago by Anthony L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent case ,booklet,cd 100 percent
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Published 6 days ago by Sebas
4.0 out of 5 stars would have been an outstanding, complex, western-metal pop rock album
There were a lot of things going on at that time with Metallica, and it was easy to get one change going on, confused with another. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old load
I bought it because I expected better sound quality than my CD download, but it is about the same. Good album (old news) except if all you want to do is headbang. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alonso Cordoba
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
This was it! Not only I got the CD disk but even a free MP3 download that saved my the trouble of finding a CPU to install then download to a SD card or linking it to my cell... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andre McNeil
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Songs…but "Loads" of Filler
This album will never make the thrash elitists happy. It just won't. And I say that as a HUGE fan of thrash music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by megatallicadiozzhalen
5.0 out of 5 stars It took me years too realize how amazing this album actually is.
When I first heard this album I was used to the old trash Metallica. However I needed to give this album a try. So I bought it and I must admit this is a gem. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jhanio H. De Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica Load
What more needs to be said, it's Metallica and they are the greatest. Yes this is different for them but it is still great.
Published 4 months ago by Lee Flower
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have the cassette of this album. I thought load and reload...
Metallica is also my first big thrash band I ever got into and I never sold them out as a fan when I was called a dork by the so called cool hessians in high school I still go to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AaronMiller
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