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Review: 055
Date: 24 Dec 01


Rating: 0 Stars

James Hetfield - guitars, vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Kirk Hammett - lead guitar
Jason Newsted - bass

Tracks Listing:
1. Enter Sandman
2. Sad But True
3. Holier Than Thou
4. The Unforgiven
5. Wherever I May Roam
6. Don’t Tread On Me
7. Through The Never
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. Of Wolf And Man
10. The God That Failed
11. My Friend Of Misery
12. The Struggle Within


For the greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll swindle look a little further than “The Sex Pistols” and you will find those fellahs from Metallica looking a little sheepish.

After 3 albums of very average thrash/speed metal (they had to fill their live set with other people's numbers to make it bearable). The boys from Metallica and their management held a little conference to work out a policy to hold this bunch together. A complete sellout was decided upon. Forget the old roots of true rock and go for the radio friendly mainstream stadium poodle rock. Out went the jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers, and in came leather, studs, chains, moustaches, biker boots, and the impossibly big hair. A selection of by the numbers rock songs were laid down and Bob Rock was brought in to produce the whole sham, giving it that very F.M radio friendly sheen. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett was taught a guitar solo, which he proceeded to show off in every song, sometimes at different speeds, but mostly not bothering, just blazing away, the bass and drums sound as though both players are wearing boxing gloves, severely impairing their ability for any variety.

But it’s James Hetfield who got the worst of the deal as he had to actually sing the lyrics, trying to sound sincere. How does  “Liberty of death, what we so proudly hail, once you provoke her, rattling of her tail” from “Don’t Tread On Me” grab you? It’s all about the same, find a word that rhymes and stick it in.

The marketing was so crass, it worked. A mock horror movie (copying of all people Michael Jackson) of a video for 1st Single “Enter The Sand Man”, got them plenty of M.T.V. airplay. No title for the album, an all black cover. (Opposite of the Beatles white album, very avant-garde). Almost mimicking “Smell The Glove” by “Spinal Top”, only difference being that the “Tap” was meant as a joke, and the music was better.

On the strength of this Metallica toured the stadiums of the world to adoring fans for five years, making themselves a license to print money with long bass and drum solos and stolen riffs, all the time shaking dandruff from their long locks all over the impressionable kids down the front, playing air guitar, thinking it's cool, and screaming Ye- Hah at the top of their little lungs.

Unfortunately it all had to come to an end when, under increasing public pressure, they had to release a follow up album “Load” in 1995. Even before its debut the band were admitting it was rubbish, so they followed up with the aptly titled “Re-Load”, which sunk without trace. Then in 1998, as a last desperate attempt at street credibility despite them now looking more like bank managers than bank robbers in their publicity shots, they released “Garage Inc”, a collection of 27 cover songs. However, as with all things of this nature, the covers stood no comparison with the originals. Nothing has been heard from Metallica in a few years now, except for perhaps the sound of them laughing all the way to the bank. Don’t be conned.


Pawed by Mott The Dog
Remastered by Ella Crew


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