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Following last year's quadruple platinum Load, Metallica RE-LOAD with a dozen (or so) new songs. Over twenty-five 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. Certified triple platinum by the RIAA. (11/98)
For many heavy metal fans, Metallica epitomizes the genre, especially for those listeners who remember the band's fast-and-furious 1983 debut, Kill 'Em All. As a result, their continued foray into a more stripped-down, laid-back sound with this album has met a mixed response. However, there's enough innovation and just plain strange stuff on this album to make it worth a listen. The creepy "The Memory Remains" is perfectly accentuated by Marianne Faithfull's backing vocals, and "Where the Wild Things Are" features the multilayered vocals and guitars that Metallica is famous for, albeit at about half their usual speed. The opening ("Fuel") and closing ("Fixxxer") tracks are especially strong, and intermixed with some slower, country-inflected tunes are the obnoxious rockers that made Metallica the long-running success they are. --Genevieve Williams
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Seeing how wonderful the book was, I popped for Metallica's Reload Album. We read the Biography and listened to the Album. Reading the book helped me appreciate the music more. This led to our purchase of the DVD, Metallica, The Big Four,Live in Sophia Bulgaria. This immersion of reading, listening and watching Metallica has made me almost as big a fan as is my grandson.
He is also a drummer. The book is all about how the band began and the troubles that they met and overcame.It seems to me to be an honest account of just how their career happened and developed. Some of it is quite moving and heartbreaking.
It is a marvelous book for any teen age drummer who wants to become a star and which one does not. Fortunately it is so well written and interesting that even I enjoyed reading it.
I recommend all three highly for any kid and their parents interested in music.
It also got him reading and that has improved a lot.
Being able to purchase every thing through Amazon simplified everything.
Ruth Aizuss Migdal