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...And Justice For All

Metallica

1988

...And Justice For All

Album Summary

...And Justice for All is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 7, 1988 by Elektra Records. It was the first Metallica album to feature bassist Jason Newsted, following the death of their previous bassist Cliff Burton in 1986. Metallica recorded the album with producer Flemming Rasmussen over four months in early 1988 at One on One Recording Studios in Los Angeles. It features aggressive complexity, fast tempos, and few verse-chorus structures. It contains lyrical themes of political and legal injustices, such as governmental corruption, censorship, and war. The cover, designed by Roger Gorman, and illustration by Stephen Gorman was based on a concept by Metallica guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, depicts Lady Justice bound in ropes, being pulled by them to the point of breaking, with dollar bills piled upon her scales. The album title is derived from the last four words of the American Pledge of Allegiance. Three of its songs were released as singles: "Harvester of Sorrow", "Eye of the Beholder", and "One"; the title track was released as a promotional single. ...And Justice for All was acclaimed by music critics for its depth and complexity, although its dry mix and nearly inaudible bass guitar was criticized. It was included in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll of the year's best albums, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989, controversially losing out to Jethro Tull in the ill-fated Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental category. The single "One" backed the band's debut music video, and earned Metallica their first Grammy Award in 1990 (and the first ever in the Best Metal Performance category). It was successful in the United States, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200, and was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2003 for shipping eight million copies in the U.S. The album was reissued on November 2, 2018, in vinyl, CD, and cassette formats, as well as receiving a deluxe box set treatment with bonus tracks and unreleased video footage. The reissue reached number 37 and 42 on Billboard's Top Album Sales and Top Rock Albums charts, respectively.

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Rating

3.51

Votes

5445

Genres

  • Metal
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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

I was 17 years old when this album came out. A friend introduced me to Metallica, via this album and also Master of Puppets. At the time, I described the experience of listening to Metallica as a kick to the gut, and I meant it in a positive way. I cannot stress this enough, how huge this album was. Among metal fans, Metallica was probably a known quantity at this point. But for the rest of us, they were new, startling and so refreshing in a sea of hair bands. It was like someone turned on the lights and everything was different after that. A freaking revelation. The intensity and the speed is obvious, the dark imagery, the social commentary, but with real musicality as well. I compare this to my experience listening to Napalm Death recently, and the contrast is worth noting. ND's music is designed to repel all but a very small audience. But Metallica had an awareness of where the boundaries were in metal at the time and they just pressed against the line constantly until they moved it. Some have pointed out that Metallica had a more progressive approach to their music, which I had never thought about but I think is correct. The complexity of the arrangements, the eschewing of traditional song structures... the band just existed in a different space from most of their peers. There are moments that are genuinely lovely, like the intros to "One" and "To Live is to Die," which makes the contrast against the heavier parts even more striking. What a great album. An hour+ of Metallica can be a little exhausting, even if you like them. But it's been a long while since I've listened to them, so today was a gift. Fave songs: One, Blackened, Eye of the Beholder, To Live is to Die

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

Look, James Hetfield is a singularly silly man. In fact, Metallica are a singularly silly band. They'd possibly be a good one if they wore their silliness more proudly. Hell, if they wore it at all. But I was weaned on metal so I can tolerate the fundamental dumbness here (that muscly rage is the answer) so long as it's accompanied by shreddy breakdowns like the one that starts at 4:30 in One and carries on until next year, or the glorious combination of brutalised guitar and drums at the start of Harvester of Sorrow. Of the albums we've had so far, this is the one that delineates the directness of the path from Prog to Metal most clearly. Really, the differences between this and Made in Japan are negligible. So well done Metallica, you kept me chuckling, but nowhere near as much as Maddy singing along from the other room to deliberately misheard lyrics. Pride of place comes from the title track: "Pin your plimpsoles to your rear". Go on, listen again and find it.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Classic thrash metal. Doesn't have the melody or nuances of some of the other metallica record but it's all about the riffs. Solid riffage for some long ass songs. Great record but they needed to turn Jason's bass up.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Metallica makes good pump-up and hype music for crowds, but not so much music to listen to on a regular basis, at least for me. Didn't really enjoy this, actually liked their live album much better

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

A masterpiece of thrash metal. One of my favorite albums of all time. "One" might be the best metal song of all time.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

One of my favorite Metallica records. It's not quite my favorite, and I rated it a five probably due to nostalgia reasons, but the riffs on this are too addictive to rate it anything less. Of course, the bass could be a little more present, but that's Hetfield's problem. The lyrics on this are as poignant as ever and the drumming is brutal without sounding like garbage like it does in their later records. I highly recommend this to any metal fan that hasn't listened to it already. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9.

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Thu Jan 07 2021
4

Crazy guitar riff after crazy guitar riff. So influential. Even though this isn't an album I will probably return to a lot, I can appreciate everything it does and created.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

This album felt like Metallica dropped a lot of the melodies featured in Puppets and went back to the thrash of earlier albums but combined lots of riffs and changes into longer and more complex songs. I liked it overall, the mix is weird, but the album feels meaningful and is a great listen.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Never been a huge fan of Hetfield’s voice, but I do understand that lyrically and sonically Metallica is one of if not the best metal bands out there. “One” is probably my favorite track. Shocker. I also like the opening track “Blackened”. I probably just need to listen to more Metallica to get used to Hetfields voice.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

I think this album was Lars reaching peak narcissist- his drums are pulled far too forward in the mix, but the album still sounds fresh today. Probably my 3rd favourite album by the band

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Funny the first repeat artist on 1001 is muthafuckin Metallic-AH. Justice for All-AH. Longer tracks-AH. Bigger jams-AH. Thrashier thrash-AH. Less melody-AH. Technically precise-AH. Respect their intellectual property-AH. Vague commercial-libertarian messages-AH. I like better this Metallic-AH. Too same for too long-AH. C+

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Trop de similitudes avec Ray Charles.

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Mon May 16 2022
1

Four albums by Metallica in this list is just a joke. Even the editors make apologies for this one (“tinny sound,” “overprocessed,”). Clearly they’re the experts on this genre and this band. Other than a very few redeeming bits (the opening section of “One,” which sounds briefly like actual, you know, music), I just hear repetitive sound and structure, grunted vocals, sophomoric lyrics, thrashy breaks with quick flips back to speed (what editors call “riff salads”). For all the extremity, it’s quite paint by numbers.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

Well, it's a classic for a reason. It's mostly fire from top to bottom. I have a few issues with the mixing (why is the kick scooped out like a used melon rind?) but not enough to take the score down from full marks.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Metallica’s 4th album is refined from earlier works. It’s clear they found their footing with their new bassist Jason Newsted following the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton in a tour bus accident. This album boats “One” which is a beautifully crafted piece of work even for being over 7 minutes long it’s easy to get lost in masterful guitar work. This is a solid thrash metal album (4th of 5 in a row masterpieces in their genre) from arguably the greatest Metal band ever assembled. Giving 4 stars, but would give it a 9.4 out of 10. “Hold my breath as I wish for death”.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Very cool, but one thing I wasn't crazy about is how many of the songs had no ending, they just stopped (and sometimes changed partway through like they know how to do a transition but not at the end of a song?) Also, fun fact: Keegan's house used to be owned by Lars Ulrich, the drummer

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Daar was ik wel even aan toe.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

* not what i typically listen to * very good album, sick instrumentals * would listen to again

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Remember when Metallica was labeled "sellouts" for making the One video? It was a game changer. Yes, it was.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

This is amazing! The playing on this track is phenomenal and the energy and power off the charts. This is not a genre I’m familiar with but I get the appeal - absorbing and exciting, an incredible sound. I kind of enjoy the angry political lyrics, less so the rebellious teenager stuff (but hey maybe this is as therapeutic as seeing a therapist), but overall a musical smack in the face.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

All that's missing is Jason Newsted. Dyers Eve contrasts tragically with a song ten years later, "Mama Said."

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Fri May 21 2021
3

I just can't shake the image of goateed suburban dads rocking out to this while sitting in their garages and neglecting their wives while drinking cheap beer and wiping grease on their pants. They wonder why their wives don't want to fuck them. Maybe if you stopped cosplaying as a tough guy and embraced the life your career in dentistry has allotted you you might find a warmer embrace in bed. That said, it's still kinda fun. Very technical and clean. I dunno, maybe I should shave my beard into a goatee. I'm giving this three stars as I wipe my greasy hands on my pants and try to go pork my wife.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

...And Justice for All, Metallica, 1988 -Starts boring and very generic (i.e. - sounds like every Metallica song ever) but I mean hey: listen to those drums, nothing not to love there. -Metallica: incredibly skilled instrumentation paired with near-total inability to make their songs distinguishable from one another. They set the bar high with their preceding album, Master of Puppets, and I'm curious what they could pull off just 2 years later. -Really loved the opening for ...And Justice for All; the song doesn't evolve into anything to write home about though. 9 minutes in and I realize: this album is going to feel long as hell. Thanks Metallica... -Eye of the Beholder is a pretty decent song but forgettable -One has some absolutely delicious guitar licks and their shot a stylistic shift in the vocals really pays off - they communicate a sentiment both hopeful and devastated. We love this one of course and it does a good job hoisting the album out of snoozefest territory. -The Shortest Straw returns the album into snoozefest territory. Like so many of their songs, we build and build and build up to some self-indulgent drum and guitar ram-jams and fall back into some repetitive lyrics. Yawn. -Yawning continues through Harvester of Sorrow as the formulaic-metal intensifies -Did I just hear the WIZARD OF OZ flying monkey chant sample used in The Frayed Ends of Sanity, like what?????? LOL sure why not. It works. -Basically zoned out the rest of the album. Snooze snooze snooze. Great instrumentation but mastery of your instrument and your genre only counts for so much.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Couldn't get into this one... As much as I enjoy metal I find a lot of Metallica kinda dull

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

Unfortunately this band named Metallica (repeat that to yourself a few times, really roll it around - Metal-lica, Metallica, Met-al-li-ca) take themselves too seriously to take seriously. They are really good at guitar solos, of that there can be no doubt. They are less good at… well most of the other things that make music music. Maybe that’s too harsh - but their lyrics, their delivery, the overblown length of their songs, the fun-void at the centre of it all… it all points to the same logic that propels the ever more serious, ever more gritty reboots of Batman: you cannot laugh at this thing, this is serious - look how serious it is, it’s actually making some really serious points about… serious things. Hella good solos though.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
2

It's so...edgy. Not really a fan.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
1

Makes me nervous.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
1

Guitars, guitars, for adolescents only

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Thu Sep 15 2022
1

Metallica is an iconic band in the overall metal style, there's no arguing about that. But let's try to be honest for a second: generally speaking, James Hetfield's delivery of his bland vocal lines is totally dull and unimaginative. Another guy actually *really* screaming his lungs out would have taken those songs up to another level. As for the music itself, it sounds way too paper-thin on this particular record compared to a lot of stuff that was later done in said genre, including Metallica's own "black album" (yep, a lot of critics were right: where's the goddamn bass?). So I guess that as far as albums go, you can keep *Master Of Puppets* and *Metallica* in your list of potentially essential LPs, if only for their cultural importance, and throw everything else into the "thrash" can. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 798 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 106 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 50 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 46 (including this one)

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Fri Jan 22 2021

Just a bit dull really - too much grunting and gnarling.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Glorious album

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Sat Jan 02 2021
5

Greatest metal album of all time.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Fantastic album, peak Metallica, my favorite, and possibly their best

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Another excellent album from this great band

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Will never complain about a Metallica album, especially not this one.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

#1 metal record of all time.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

One of the best metal records ever.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Very trippy sounding and definitely interesting. This seems like it could use another listen to really hear the words.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Relaxed in a tub to

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Love

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

I don't know how many times I've listen to this album, but it's enough.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

It's Metallica, 5/5.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

A good record, easily the fourth record by this band.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Incluye la mejor canción de Metallica

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Quintessential heavy metal album.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

One of my favorite bands. 'One' is still magnificent. Wasn't sure to give 4 or 5 as it's somewhat in between

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Just a few days ago we had the previous Metallica album Master Of Puppets. I gave that one a 4 and liked this one a bit better. It's more straightforward and more focused & relentless. Also, Master Of Puppets came across as somewhat pretentious at times, while And Justice For All doesn't. There were a few really good tracks but One and the instrumental track To Live Ist To Die in particular were excellent. 4.5 rounded up because of how fantastic To Live Is To Die was.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Joya. Siempre es agradable recordar un discazo musical, de lo mejor del thrash.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Sorry Jason Newstead but this album is front to back a BANGER

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

5/5 instantly

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Almost a perfect album. Love it!

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

-"Blackened" is totally jamming -Nice, solid Metallica album

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

Because of their reputation, I had written off Metallica and was surprised by how sophisticated and interesting it was.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Love this album.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Absolute metal masterpiece, and perhaps Metallica's best album.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Best Metallica Album ever!

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Absolutely fantastic. The best album by Metallica in my opinion.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Great stuff

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

One of their best. And they have had some great albums. This was the first one I bought from them. I have them all now, It is pretty great, start to finish.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

Incredible from start to finish.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Els primers 5 discos de Metallica són tan increïbles que és difícil trobar-lis flaquesses. En aquest cas, disc de transició entre el trash metal dels començaments i el metal més clàssic dels propers treballs, proposen temes llargs, barrocs, complexes, però tots ells dos esglaons per sobre de la resta de millors bandes del període. A l'últims temes afluixen una mica, però la seva gran part és tan excel.lent que es fa difícil no donar-li les 5 *...

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

This was the first tape I ever bought. Got it second hand from some shop in Kempsey, in about 1991. I'd heard a couple of the radio hits from the black album already, but nothing before that - I was 7 or so. When I first heard blackened I didn't even know how something so cool and heavy could exist. It legit blew my mind, it seemed next level in a way that nothing ever has since. The rest of the album really doesn't dip much in quality - I couldn't say shortest straw is something I ever get a hankering to hear on repeat, but even that as the album's lowest point is a fuckin' statement and a half. It's not my favourite Metallica album, but it's still the band at pretty much their peak, their live shows from this time are 110% by far as good as Metallica ever got, and I can't listen to it without just thinking about RIFFS and that brutally dry guitar tone for a good 20min afterwards. 5/5.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

reminds me of going to goodwill as a kid

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

Great album - more "prog" than I remember, with shifting time signatures and elaborate arrangements. Dueling guitar harmonies are nice, but that chunky palm muted E is never far away.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

I’ve never listened to this the whole way through. The hits are still as epic as ever and I found a lot of the in betweens to be really good examples of highly technical metal. I think Metallica will always have the crown for me of king. Not only did they help establish the genre, they did it with clean intentionally played music, not just noisy shredding. Every note has a purpose. This one isn’t my personal favorite of theirs but it’s inpossible to deny the influence and lasting quality. I’d do 9/10 if we were on that scale, but it will be a 5.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Мощь и риффы

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Great album, perfect start to this insanity! One (obviously) and Frayed Ends of Sanity were particular highlights

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Bit heavy but enjoyed it

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Still kicks fucking ass.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Brilliant evolution of their sound - amongst their greatest

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Horrible mix but doesn't stop this being an absolute monster.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Metallica at their most progressive and arguably their most aggressive. From a musical perspective this is them at the top of their game; the compositions, time signatures, tempo changes and guitar harmonies are all next level and it's clear to see how the band thought they'd taken this approach to songwriting as far as they could with this album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Metallica at their most technical, as lover of all things bassy I have to admit, the lack of bass is really felt in this album but ultimately it doesn't get in the way of some truly masterful songs

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Heavy, awesome, really enjoyed it

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

great high school throw back

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Awesome awesome album. I just miss the bass.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Grateful for being in a lifetime where this album exists

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

listened a million times already

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

This album was my introduction to metal and I will always have a soft spot for it. Classic album even without the backstory.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

The essential metal album. Not exactly my type of metal but I cannot disrespect the greats

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Hell ya!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

10/5. In 4th grade I had a mullet and an ....And Justice For All glow in the dark tee shirt; I rocked the shit out of that thing. This album complemented my panty dropping style.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Arguably the end of Metallica's thrash metal era, and what an end it is. Of Metallica's classic thrash metal trio (Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice), I'm inclined to say Master of Puppets is the best album, and yet, there's a certain 'maturity' to these songs that really demonstrates just how much the band had grown as songwriters and musicians since 'Ride the Lightning'. While my opinion might change from day-to-day, 'One' is probably my all-time favourite Metallica song and just one of the best songs I've ever heard. Never has a 7.5 minute song felt so short - the beautiful guitar work in the song's first half, the face-smashing heavy-ness of the song's latter portion, Hammet's legendary solo, the lyrics; it's all just so damn good. And yet, there's so much more to like on this album than just 'One'! Blackened, the title track, The Shortest Straw, Dyers Eve - these are brilliant songs, each of them on their own the sort of songwriting that the majority of musicians can ever hope to achieve, and Metallica has them all featured on one album. So yeah, 5 stars.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

I may be the only person on the planet that loves the production on this album and i'm not sorry. 5/5

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Metallica grows on me...

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

A classic of the genre

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

justiça e metal pra todos

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Klassiska One!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

This is still in my running rotation and is probably still my favorite Metallica album due to the sheer artistry and ambition of every track. There's a lot of virtuosity here, great messages, and it holds together as a full album.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Best

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

One of the greatest metal albums of all times!! the good times of metallica

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Great album 5/5

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

Fantastic album. Metallica rocks.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Yep, exactly what I expected from one of the classic Metallica albums.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

This is a classic for me, it's not Metallica's best but still a solid album and it's the reason I learned guitar. One was the first tab I learned, starting with just the opening and eventually getting through all of the solos and the song front to back. Definitely would like to hear the version that still has the Bass track audible, but otherwise a big fan of this one and will give it 5 just for the personal impact it had on me.

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Metal classic. One is a great song

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Wed May 25 2022
5

If for One alone. Nostalgia probably plays a factor for me.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

Yeah, what they did to Jason is criminal. But this essentially a prog/thrash fusion album; that’s so far up my alley it may as well knock on my back door.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Great metal album

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

What an album! Yes there's the issue with the inaudible bass but it's Metallica at their most technical, on the cusp of world domination, when they were still pissed off. They were grieving for Cliff and they put this monster out. What I would give to be able to go back and see them on this tour.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

Grande álbum do Metallica, adorei. Melhores músicas: One e To live is to Die

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Listened Before? Y Ah yes, another record from my favorite band of all time. This one is near flawless IMO. Pure magical speed metal with intelligent lyrics. Added to Library? It was already there Songs added to Playlist: Blackened, Dyer's Eve

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

I don't really listen to 80's thrash metal....but MAN. The energy....the riffs....so much fun

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

One of my favorite Metallica albums, some of my favorite Metallica songs and riffs. I know this record gets a lot of hate for its mixing but I've always thought it gave the instruments this cold, detached feeling that mirrored the subject matter of the songs (war, injustice, etc). The guitar sections were long, technical, and robotic. Even the cover is this blank white stone imagery. All of it always felt intentional to me and elevated the themes of the record well. Still could use more bass though.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

A masterclass in heavy metal. Playing on the stylings inspired by the late Cliff Burton, Newstead’s first foray into a revitalised Metallica allows creativity that sling throwbacks to thrash metal and welcome an era of their greatest musical achievements.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Love this album.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

One of my favorites and probably my favorite Metallica album. Heavy but with some great melodies and awesome solos.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Probably the best album ever in this genre. 5/5

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Gateway drug for metal.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

It absolutely rocks

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

More progressive (and longer) than previous albums. A gem.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

ALBUM RATING: 4.7 ALBUM GRADE: A TRACK RATINGS: 1. Blackened - 5.0 2. …And Justice for All - 5.0 3. Eye of the Beholder - 4.5 4. One - 4.0 5. The Shortest Straw - 4.5 6. Harvester of Sorrow - 5.0 7. The Frayed Ends of Sanity - 5.0 8. To Live Is to Die - 5.0 9. Dyers Eve - 3.5

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

This will forever be a classic and should be required listening for anyone getting into modern music.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Classic thrash metal. Second best Metallica album and one of the greatest metal albums of all time. (Yes, this is the "One" album.)

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Rating: 10/10

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Not quite as good as ‘Master Of Puppets’, but way better than the Black album. ‘…And Justice For All’ is the sound of a band pushing a sound and a formula as far as it will go, and stretching it to breaking point. Unsurprisingly, Metallica were never this complex again, their sound eventually devolving into something simpler, and blander: more country rock than heavy metal. But ‘…AJFO’ still stands as a last hurrah to their early, progressive thrash/metal years, both a bloated self-indulgent mess and a stunning tour-de-force.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Mede door de solo's in dit album ben ik begonnen met gitaarspelen vroeger. Is misschien wel mijn favoriete album van Metallica.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Eye of the Beholder has a great riff.. at first. Then we get all these jarring changes. But it is a vehicle for Kirk to throw in a couple of good solos. Did I just hear the Winkies at the start of The Frayed Ends of Sanity? Dyers Eve is insane! I think my favourite is The Shortest Straw. But the whole album just smacks you down with all those crunchy riffs.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

\m/

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

Other than One, I'd not heard any of this before. It's great! Really great! Much more accessible than Master of Puppets but a little less radio-friendly than Metallica (the black album). Right in the sweet spot. Loved it.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

My absolute favorite Metallica album.

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Tue Sep 08 2020
4

One, Harvester, Blackened, Dyers are all great

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Metallica does not falter in their 4th installment, still is not as immediate as master of puppet and ride the lightning. Also One is my fav Metallica song ever.

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Fri Nov 06 2020
4

One is a horrifying masterpiece

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Tue Nov 10 2020
4

Yeah!

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Tue Nov 24 2020
4

klassikko

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Although the energy and lyrics from the songs are amazing, the whole album is too much of the same for me. Maybe that's because of too much noise I don't know. Great songs, lyrics and message though.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Good album for sure

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

This a political BANGER.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

solid rock sounds, very quick paced on most songs, while good not a ton of jams

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Great metal

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Däng däng däng! Eine der besseren Metallica-Scheiben, wieder mal eine wohltuende Abwechslung. Und das von mir, über Metallica.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Classic album

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

I overdid it on Metallica back in middle school, but it was refreshing to listen to a full album again with a different perspective than I had back then. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and it was nice to see a variety in my usual sound.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Very good metal album. My opinion may be a little skewed as it's the first album I listened to using KZ ZS10 Pros and the experience of listening to music with good headphones is so very good.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

FANTASTIC

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Not my preferred genre of music but it’s hard to deny that this is a great album. It shreds plain and simple!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Super goed album met fijne sound

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

This is without a doubt the best album I’ve listened to so far. It’s not something that I would listen to often but occasionally I could see myself playing a few songs off the album.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

The birth of double bass drum

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Excellent. A bit repetitive to some tracks.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

not bad. some good songs

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

More like a 4.5 to me. The vocals sometimes don’t completely connect, and a couple of the switches within tracks can come off a bit odd. Everything else is absolutely incredible. Really great stuff.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Metallica just makes me think of playing guitar hero and that cheap, plastic clacky sound. How many closets are full of those plastic guitars...

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Justice for all.. including Napster...

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

These guys can shred 🤘

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

flashback to 7th grade! I had friends in HS, they loved Metallica. This was on all the time. Not a bad track on the album. ONE was always a favorite and holds up just fine years later.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

8.5

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

4

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Really great. Some amazing riffs and no shit ballads

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

This is my Metallica. Accessible without compromising heaviness. Great album. Can't believe it was made in 1988; only 2 years after Master of Puppets, which sounds very dated by comparison.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Very peak Metallica. It’s not my favorite Metallica album, but there are some great songs. Musically you can hear the classical training on songs like “To Live is to Die”, which I could have listened to 9 minutes of the intro. Up there as one of their better albums, for sure

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Bastante largo para ser corto

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

One is een meesterwerk! De rest is middelmatig, mooi geheel. 3.5 --> 4/5

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Some of the worse recorded drum sounds of all-time. “One” is still a classic

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Thrash classic. Great tunes but even the remaster still sounds trebley as all hell.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Dope Metal Album A proper Bass would have made it brilliant

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Very enjoyable. Some caricatural style metal, but also some surprisingly nice riffs. Up there with master of puppets.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Not my genre specifically, but a solid album that feels very raw and emoti0onal. Lack of bass makes it sound abrasive.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Its metallica, maybe not their best álbum but a nice one

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Good

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Fri May 07 2021
4

\m/,

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Classic

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Sat May 22 2021
4

A lot of energy and sadness. Will listen again.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Not my favourite Metallica album, but a good one nonetheless!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Sarò breve. Per chi come me, è nato negli anni '80, è cresciuto musicalmente con i Metallica ed ha desiderato di suonare in un gruppo anche grazie a loro, quest'album è quello in cui "wow!" ci sono i tempi dispari, c'è il tapping di One, c'è la doppia cassa di Blackened. Perché i Metallica sono un gruppo di iniziazione, ti avvicinano ad un certo tipo di musica e di stile. Poi si va avanti, si cresce e si scopre che Lars Ulrich è una pippa immane, che i soli di Hammett non sono un granché e che, ancora più grave, per colpa di un capriccio del batterista, in quest'album non si sente il basso di Jason Newsted. Per questo qualche anno fa è uscita la petizione "And justice for Jason" e su YouTube si trovano diverse versioni dell'album con il basso enfatizzato: un'altra storia. Quindi per quanto ora io sia cresciuto, per me questo rimane un album importante. Ovviamente i testi ora mi fanno ridere. Ma Blackened e Dyers Eve mi fomentano ancora tanto. Non do un 5 emotivo perché non riesco a passare sopra alla storia del basso. Quindi 4.. Come i Four Horsemen.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

IMO together with Kill 'Em All one of the best Metallica albums

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Ah sophomore year.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

i knew this one, but not as well as others. i like it less than master of puppets, for whatever that's worth.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Drums sounds good

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Here the lads begin to straddle thrash, rock and prog. They also turned down the bass so it's really lacking a bottom end. Production/ego issues aside, the songs are strong. I mean it's Metallica; all of their early albums are solid. Best Tracks: Blackened; One; The Shortest Straw

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

I skipped school to go into Edinburgh to buy this then listened to it non-stop for weeks. Not their best, and pretty much cutting Jason Newstead from the mix impacts the sound. Still a good album though.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Fast and raw with long songs that often sound like different songs stuck together but nonetheless a great album

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

A good album with all that makes Metallica legendary, but the stale production really makes it hard to match it up to the Black Album or MOP.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Hell yeah

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Enjoyed this one - crunchy and precise

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Great album, not my favourite of Metallica's but One is a damn banger.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Pretty powerful stuff. Not really my bag and all the songs are too long. Still can't deny the raw talent on display here.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

i like metal. this was a nice listen. had some good songs. several good listens!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Pretty great, the title track is amazing, not sure I will really go back to it though, but will still give it a 4 because I'm not a perfect human being

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

When this came out I was mostly listening to a lot of hip hop, Joy Division, New Order and The Doors. I never really warmed to Metallica but would say this is my favourite album. It marks a turning point for the band from their aggressive speed metal to their slow commercial stuff. I think this middle point is the band at it's best

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Creo que vistas de manera individual este disco está lleno de grandes canciones, obviamente siendo One la que se lleva el disco, aunque And Justice For All no se queda muy atrás. Creo que el lado donde le pierdo un poco es porque aquí Metallica se clava en hacer canciones muy largas y con muchas partes, que a veces tienen cohesión (como en One) pero que a veces parecen un collage de retazos que tenían ensayados y no cuadran del todo entre ellos. Eso me pasa especialmente con Blackened, que aunque tiene lo suyo, de pronto se vuelve hasta confusa.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

No hay bajo, todos lo sabemos pero aún así este disco tiene mucho poder. Brutalmente largo (65 minutos en 8 canciones) a ratos sí se siente un poco vacío en la melodía. Líricamente muy bueno. 4.5 que bajan a 4 porque no es el disco que más escucho de ellos porque es algo cansado.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

ну нормуль рокич, хоть и не фанат

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Liked it more than I thought

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Not my jam, but can't deny the talent.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Enjoyable

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

This was always my favourite Metallica album, but I really did not enjoy it as much this time around. The somewhat unusual production bothered me on this occasion: hardly any bass, and very harsh sounding drums. To Live is to Die is still the stand-out song for me.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Compared to the Black album - which I did not think was so strong anymore after listening to it now - I could appreciate this Metallica album much more after re-listening to it.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

a no brainer.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Good stuff

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Songs good individually. Didn’t feel like a true true album though. Could’ve flowed better.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Sick

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Solid solid riffage with face-melting solos. Towards the end it loses its steam, but ends on a high note with Dyers Eve. Metallica's last truly great album. Needs more bass.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

i wish la da da da da da song was on here. -1 star

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

lag 1 mjög solid, sáttur með það - 8/10 lag 2 titillag er göödshit - 9/10 lag 3 líka klassa lag - 8.5 aðeins betra en fyrsta lag lag 4 og 4th most spotify streamed metallica song, good shit like 8/10 lag 5 er snilld maður shortest straaaaww lag 6 gott en ekki jafn gott og hin, 7.5/10 lag 7 veisla, 8.5/10 lag 8 intro mjög skemmtilegt, steikt transition lol en skemmtilegt samt, svo er lagið sjálft insane, 9.5/10 besta lagið hingað til - svo er outroið sama og introið, djöfulsins snilld lag 9 já líka mjög solid lag 8.5/10 overall mjög sterk 8/10

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Great metal album. Solid throughout, but the highlight is definitely One.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Not Metallica's strongest album but has some great songs on it.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Metallica is extremely accessible to me, and I have mixed emotions about metal half the time. But this was perfectly intense and melodic. I have to admit I wasn't paying too much attention to lyrics, but that'll be on the agenda during the next listen. :)

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