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190 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Masterpiece!, August 2, 2001
This review is from: Metallica (Audio CD)
It seems that many Metallica "fans" seem to enjoy putting this album down, for some reason. They claim that, with this album, Metallica lost their edge and sold out. Listening to this album, I'm wondering if we heard the same one. This album may not be quite as epic or technical as previous releases, but it's every bit as thrashy, heavy, and good. This album was my introduction to Metallica a few years back, and I've never stopped loving it. The songs are full of crunch and vitriol, and the two ballads ("Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters") are very emotional and melodic. There are still a lot of great solos, and Lars still dishes out some pretty impressive drumwork (especially on "The Struggle Within"). The production quality is excellent (probably the best of all their albums), so every instrument is distinct and hard-hitting. There are no bad songs, but if you want to hear a great one, check out "The Unforgiven". This is one of the best ballads ever, with very emotional lyrics and a great vocal performance from James Hetfield. If you love heavy metal and do not love this album, there is probably something wrong with you. I rank this album third, behind "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets", and one of my top 20 favorite albums. It's better than "And Justice for All" mainly because of the production quality, and better than "Kill Em All" because that album is too repetitive and rough around the edges (but still very good, mind you), and well, do I even need to explain why it's better than "Load" and "Reload"? The simple fact of the matter is that Metallica was still a great band at this time, and did not sell out with this album. This album was much heavier and better than anything else that was popular at the time (except for Pantera's "Cowboys from Hell"). "Load" and "Reload" were the ones where the music changed for the worse, but even those albums weren't so bad. If Metallica ever did sell out, it wasn't until the awful "I Disappear". If they ever get another bass player, and Hetfield ever gets out of rehab, let's hope they stop doing that kind of stuff and go back to the basics. Megadeth and Iron Maiden already made incredible returns to form with "The World Needs a Hero" and "Brave New World", if Metallica does another album like this, then metal is officially back. Otherwise, they may as well just call it quits. Anyway, buy this album, it is one of the best.
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Initial post: Apr 5, 2007 2:28:22 AM PDT

On what planet?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 8:13:26 PM PDT
ClydeNut says:
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Posted on Jan 21, 2008 2:45:15 PM PST
Kasanova says:
I AGREE WITH YOU 100% this album is an Underrated Masterpiece. Great Review Bro....DoNt HaTe CoNgRatUlAte!

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 8:25:38 AM PDT
jochen says:
you call a worldwide nr. 1 album that sold 20? or so millions of copies and went multi-platinum-status underrated???

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 2:45:35 PM PDT
Josef says:
Underrated? This piece of audio garbage which really was in fact the sell-out point for Metallica? Which has gone multi-platinum thanks to hordes of stupid angsty teens who never even touched a copy of ...And Justice For All? It's better than Justice?! And Load and Reload weren't that bad?!

How stupid can one get? Metallica used to be a thrash metal band with something relevant and interesting to say. This album was the turning point which led Metallica to destroying their own reputation thanks to angst-ridden anthems made just for radio play. And people ate it up. You included.

Posted on May 5, 2008 11:18:43 PM PDT
Ben Dover says:
I realize that this review is almost seven years old now, but I have to agree with the man. This album isn't underrated on a sales scale, but on an appreciation scale, yeah. Stupid 'Tallica "fans" like to bash this album like it's the worst thing ever produced, when this is probably the album that got them into Metallica in the first place. Of course they'll never admit that.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2008 2:46:02 PM PDT
D. Manson says:
I agree with this guy's review.....ride the lightening all the way through the black album are all Godly. Load and Reload are not by any means Godly, but they are still awesome imo!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2008 11:11:04 PM PST
Nettacki says:
Surely it shouldn't take months for you to realize this is just one man's OPINION against yours, which happens to be one of those "fans" that the reviewer was talking about. Seriously, if this reviewer was really stupid, then you must be retarded for putting this reply up.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2009 4:14:22 PM PDT
Josef says:
This is hands-down one of the dumbest thing's I've ever read.

The people who hate this album hate it because they know what Metallica was before this.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2009 7:12:35 PM PDT
Deimos says:
underrated?!?!?! this is the most overrated album of all time. Countdown To Extinction was way better
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