...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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Great music for intense workouts. It picks up the tempo on the chorus and solos, but remains a good pace to catch your breath and keep working strong. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Mark
This is one of the most important albums in the history of heavy metal. Pure brilliance, I don't know why they didn't follow this path after this album as it is one of the best... Read morePublished 2 days ago by C. J. D. Brown
The "DUH NUH NUH NUH NUH NUH, DUH NUH NUH NUH NUH NUH-NUH, WAHHHHH" part is the best, worth the price for that alone.Published 2 days ago by JF Sargent
I love this album, its one of my all time favorites but the quality of the LP is terrible. I thought the needle on my turntable was dirty so I cleaned it, it was still poor sound... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Its fantastic music... But the sound on this album kinda flat and/or distorted in comparison to my other music CD's. They did a real crap job when they recorded and mixed it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by CP