Archive for the ‘Albums’ Category

Load

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

1. Ain’t My Bitch –
2. 2 X 4 –
3. 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. Outlaw Torn

Master of Puppets

One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica’s best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and “Disposable Heroes” is the perspective of a soldier. If all you’ve heard of Metallica is what’s been on the radio recently, check this one out. You’re in for a surprise. –Genevieve Williams

1. Battery –
2. Master of Puppets –
3. Thing That Should Not Be –
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. Disposable Heroes –
6. Leper Messiah –
7. Orion [Instrumental] –
8. Damage, Inc.