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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 4, 1996
  • Label: Blackened Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 1996 Blackened Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:18:52
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  • ASIN: B00AH6ACFA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (700 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,996 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Metallica is known to the world as a HEAVY METAL band, not alternative which they've turned into now.
Your Worst Nightmare
There's not even a solo in this one, but overall the melodies are pretty solid, and this song gets to the point a lot better than a lot of songs from these 2 albums.
Metalhammer
I really hope they get back whatever they lost, this just doesn't get me rockin' like their other albums.
NYM

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117 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on October 2, 2007
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
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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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Sean Ginevan on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JamesTheGiantPeach on 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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