Sunday, December 4, 2011

252. Metallica- Metal for the Masses



Album: Metallica
Artist: Metallica
Year: 1991
Genre: Metal

Tracks


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


"Going Commercial" is a strange concept. One person's idea of an attempted sell-out might not reflect another's. It really depends where you're coming from. Some people might view Metallica as too loud, fast and heavy for the mainstream. For die-hard Metallica fans it's too soft, slow and light. It's a sellout

Metallica, along with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, helped to create a genre of music known as Thrash Metal, which is basically rock and roll played very fast, very loud and with vocals that are very, very shouty indeed. Thrash bands featured guitars, bass, growling and a drummer who played more beats in a concert than most drummers manage in an entire tour. In the early eighties, Thrash bands carved out a considerable niche in the music market. They didn't top the album charts but they had an incredibly loyal fanbase that allowed them to sell out venues across the world. 

After ten years of riding high as the Kings of Thrash Metal, Metallica decided to team up with producer Bob Rock (who helped to give Motley Crue commercial success with Dr Feelgood) and slow down their sound to produce an album of commercially acceptable Metal. 

The end result was Metallica an album of Heavy Metal tracks that even your mother would love. Well maybe not. My mum certainly wouldn't enjoy the crunching guitars, screaming solos and aggressive vocals but then it's all a matter of perspective. She might howl at me if I put it on over Christmas but if she was forced to listen to Metallica's recorded output in chronological, order Metallica would come as a blessed relief from the relentless thrashing of their previous efforts. 

For Thrash Metal fans this was an insult and a sell out. For those who preferred more conventional rock, Metallica was a mainstream success. Taken on it's own merits it's a collection of great songs played harder than most rock is performed but it's still rock. It gets a bit repetitive towards the end but the singles (Enter Sandman, Nothing else matters, The Unforgiven and Wherever I may Roam) are outstanding tracks.

Highlight: Enter Sandman
Lowlight: The final two tracks.

Influenced by: The commercial success of their producer
Influenced: Metal's move towards the mainstream.

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS METALLICA SUCKS. METALLICA ARE JUNK "

-It's fair to say the reviews for this album are generally not among Amazon's finest.

So is this too loud and fast or not loud and fast enough? Let me know below.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not usually a metal fan but I love this album. It's great for drowning out the neighborhood fireworks on New Years Eve that are scaring the dogs but it also contains actual tunes (maybe it requires a warning sticker)

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