Metallica - Metallica
Some albums contain brilliant songs, some sound phenomenal, others manage to create a completely unique vibe...Metallica's self titled album did all of this and so much more and I don't think it will ever loose it's striking impact.
After four albums with lots of aggression and speed, the band daringly decided on something a bit different, a decision that made this album seem complete and comprehensive through twelve distinct compositions.

Enter Sandman in many ways represents the idea of "The Black Album". Groovy mid-tempo Metal with bite, punch, atmosphere and impressive song writing.
The build-up is still one of my favourite.

The essence of Sad But True is quite simple, but man is it effective, the main guitar is uncompromisingly heavy and I love the details Lars throws in.

Holier Than Thou rips, tears and spits fire. The crushing drive and James ireful vocals are a perfect pair wrapped into a powerful rhythm section. A Metal masterpiece.

The more time I spend with The Unforgiven the more impressed I have become with the depth and musical range of the piece. James low toned voice is amazingly stirring and the mixture of acoustic, lead orientated and heavy rhythm guitars creates a multi-sided atmosphere of mystique and melancholy.

The beginning of Wherever I May Roam takes you on a mental ride throughout the bare landscape of the Middle East before the drum explosion steers it onto a rockier road.
The massive bass takes on a creative role, making room for itself to flourish and the symbolic lyric is so well adjusted the whole concept.

Don't Tread On Me is a personal highlight, the teasingly melodic beginning is just awesome and there is something about this song that's utterly cool and unpretentious. It's like the band decided to jam along with this one, resulting in a very propulsive track, I have a hard time not getting up my chair when the riff at 3.04 kicks in...that's head-banging material right there.

Through The Never is on the other hand my least favourite track of the lot. The main riff becomes a bit trivial. The elaborate guitar solo is phenomenal and the verse has a special built-in strength making this a solid track anyway.

The orchestral arrangements in Nothing Else Matters add a welcomed element and enhance a brilliant and rich ballad. The way the song goes from placid to intense and back again is simply magical.

Of Wolf And Man is another fantastic song, feeding on a primal urge. The drumming is no less than world class, the mid-section authentically gloomy and the rhythm guitar fiercely brutal.

The oddness of the structure in The God That Failed is exactly what lifts it above just good. A catchy lick, the experimental and most excellent solo, an almost hypnotic slow paced rhythm section ending on a cool weird note all makes perfect sense as a whole package.

One of the most unique Metallica songs have to be My Friend Of Misery, a characteristic bass creates a most hypnotizing mood that keeps popping up throughout. James sings convincingly and Kirk adds a bucketful of lead fills keeping things vivid.

The military drumbeat starting off The Struggle Within is a sign of the intensity that quickly unfolds in its wake, this track is the most old school one with a trash beat and a blistering guitar solo, as with all songs on this album the different parts are so immensely tight glued together.
One of my favourite Metallica songs.

The dark shrouded lyrics are elaborately written and cover a lot of ground, nicely related to the nature of the songs, going from emotional (The Unforgiven), critical (Holier Than Thou) and brutish (Of Wolf And Man).

If I had to pick out my favourite produced album, this could very well end up being the one, the basic fundament is simply unbreakable and adds tons of extra power to the songs, the drums have so much force and every detail lights up just right.
Oddly I haven't stumbled upon anything sounding quite like this since.

This is a completely consistent album, every member contributes with unforgettable performances, every input falls into place and I'm fascinated about how fresh these songs sound today. They will always be classics, even those who didn't really achieve that in the broad public, hell those are some of the most brilliant ones.


Written by Tommy
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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Comment by alex (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 15, 2007
9.5 you are short with the rating 10000000000000000!!!!!

Comment by Mette T. (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 15, 2007
and not to forget - the amazing "My Friend of Misery"..... taht you didn't mention in your review :-)

Comment by dick (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 15, 2007
he did put "my friend of misery" on there you turd. Learn to read.

Comment by luke (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 16, 2007
This was the last purchase worthy release Metallica had other than compiling their B-sides and cover tunes together for Garage, Inc. S&M, both Loads, and St. Anger do virtually nothing for me.

If this is a 9.5, though, RtL and MoP should both be at about a 14.

Comment by Jim (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 16, 2007
I give this album a 3/10 and the band a 2/10.

Comment by ThraX (Member) - Thursday, August 16, 2007
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This is the last good Metallica album made in my estimation, This album was the start of a more commercial direction but this album is a 10/10, I love every single song...Great lyrics, melody, heaviness, and great musicianship!.....And while yes this band has sold out, we cannot forget how once they were an amazing band, it almost seems as if these days they are trying to hard to be heavy again because St. Anger was horrible with poor production.....But this album is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Friday, August 17, 2007
Good review. A commercial album, but a good one, and man does it ever have bite.

Review by Sandra (Member) - Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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The black album, ooh yeah! This was how my journey in metal started.
This album has a special meaning to me and not to forget the masterpiece it truly is.
This is the first album with Jason Newsted on bass after the tragic death of Cliff Burton. It is also the first album with Bob Rock as the producer which is remarkable.

With one of the coolest riffs and the catchy chorus Enter sandman rocks big time!

Sad but true: the riff is very heavy and the composition of the song is making the whole damn thing even stronger.

Holier than thou: this is gooood very good. . .all the anger, which is also found in Don´t tread on me. I love it and especially when James says raauw. It's hard not to have a clenched fist in the air and shout out loud "Don´t tread on me!"

The unforgiven is one of my Metallica favorite songs. The build-up with heavy verse and melodic chorus is very cool and you really pay attention to James´ soft voice. The song starts off with a western feeling as if you are a cowboy in the desert and then: "New blood joints this earth" - love that line - its unpredictable and it makes a contrast between the verse and the light guitar.
The song gives me this special feeling in my stomach (still after hundreds of spins) which I cannot describe, you have to listen to i - and the guitar solo: wow.

Wherever I may roam has an oriental vibe and the bass line is superb. I cannot think of another album before this one with as high bass frequency. You can hear the bass much more . . .or am I just a bad listener?

If I had to say something less flattering about this album (it's hard to do) then it must be Through the never. This is a bit of a turn off for me maybe it´s just because that all of the others are so fabulous and this is average. However, the guitar solo is breezy so that must be the only positive thing about the song.

Nothing else matters: A ballad with an orchestra by Metallica? Yes that's right and ever since I first heard it I have been in love with this song. It's incredibly moving and the orchestra and the acoustic guitar fits the song perfectly.
I really admire James Hettfield, because he is this tough looking guy with a raw sailorman voice and the don't fuck with me attitude is all over him (and the rest of the band haha;)). However, his voice can be gentle and he truly sings this ballad with emotion.

Of wolf and man is another fabulous song with powerful drums and a captivating chorus that gets me all the time.

My friend of misery the bass is mesmerizing and thrilling. When I listen to this song the bass line gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day and night. . . it will haunt me forever :O It's hard to focus if I'm doing something else because I'm humming and driving people crazy.

The struggle within Kicks ass!!! Cool intro with the drums and then the screaming guitar turns heavy as hell. The tempo is speedy in the verse and a bit deliberated in the chorus.
The lyrics are well written:
Home is not a home it becomes a hell, turning into your prison cell. Awesome.
This song is a power booster - after the guitar solo when James says go! you can't help yourself.

Classic album.


Rating: 9.5/10

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Excellent Record...Good Production...Huge worldwide success

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Vertigo - 1991

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

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