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Metallica - Reload Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 November 1997


format: CD
label: Elektra Records
release year: 2003
performance: 8
sound 7
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

ImageI was really worried about Metallica for a while. I had a hunch that based on the now passé grunge phenomenon, they went up to Seattle and decided to be 'touchy and feely.' Based on their last record, Load, this cloud have been true, however Reload, their latest effort - not a compilation or re-mixes - is much truer to Metallica's roots.

Reload is a real Metallica record with angry, growling lyrics, tight, distorted guitars, blisteringly complicated solos and a huge Lars Ulrich drum sound. Metallica comes out of the gate with "fuel" a song reminiscent to a number of cuts from the album Ride The Lightning or Kill Em' All. Fast driving beat, a catchy hook "give me fuel...give me fire...give me that which I desire" which makes this cut the first real rocking single we have heard from Metallica in years.

Other strong cuts on Reload include "The Memory Remains," "Better Than You" and "Bad Seed." Even the sensitive cuts on this record (Metallica has to have at least 2 per record anymore) are better. Less wimpy.

I don't know if it was all of the guys getting hair cut for the first time since 1981 (good riddance to those bad perms) but this record is like a comeback. I love it. The sonics are strong and the songs are better. Reload is a real rock and roll record in a sea of grunge, alternative, radio friendly, whining crap.

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