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Hoodie
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25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
Twenty-five years ago today, Metallica released the album that would prove to be the most controversial and divisive of their career with "Load."

Haircuts. Make-up. Blood and semen! Oh, and there was the music, too.

I bought the record on its release day and studied the music and the accompanying booklet for some time, afterwards. I discovered Metallica via the black album and "Load" was their first record I had to wait for. I liked it a lot, but a lot of folks who were more vocal didn't care for it at all. It's a polarizing effort, to say the least.

What are your thoughts and memories of Metallica's "Load" a quarter-century after its release?



themetalreb
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
I remember buying the CD at Wal-Mart (boy have times changed)...I waited for that album for years (literally)...I remember being so disappointed I wanted to cry...it was/is probably a good album if it didn’t have Metallica stamped across it...I still wanted Metallica to be fast and heavy...Load was not. They’ve never recovered from that atrocity...it’s a shame that the best active heavy band in the world hasn’t had a good song in 30 years.


Keep Stirring
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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.it’s a shame that the best active heavy band in the world hasn’t had a good song in 30 years.



stop with that bullshite


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djsdawg
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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it’s a shame that the best active heavy band in the world hasn’t had a good song in 30 years.


Well this isn’t true.


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Hoodie
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
As I said, I got into Metallica with the black album. From there, I went through their catalog backwards, from Justice all the way to Kill 'Em All. I loved every record for what it was. Not getting on board until the black album probably helped me appreciate Load more than fans who'd been with the band from day one. Their change wasn't so jarring if you experienced the whole deal in less than five years, as I did.

I think nearly all the songs on Load are killer. But they're surely not thrash metal. In a vacuum, I feel the record is really strong.

It's amazing how Load so clearly marks the jumping-off point for a lot of fans. "New Metallica" and "Old Metallica" began right here, arguably.
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High C
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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I discovered Metallica via the black album and "Load" was their first record I had to wait for. I liked it a lot, but a lot of folks who were more vocal didn't care for it at all.


Yeah, if you discovered Metallica with the black album, you probably don’t mind Load. I wasn’t there from the beginning by any stretch, but I found them with Master of Puppets and worked backwards. Black was the beginning of the departure from thrash and to hard rock. I’ve barely listened to anything after Black.


Hoodie
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
Thanks for the input, High C. Do you believe that if Metallica released "Load" as it was, but looking exactly as they did on the black album tour (no haircuts, no make-up, no Cuban pimp suits, semen, or logo changes), fans would have received it any differently?


PillageUrVillage
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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I waited for that album for years (literally)...I remember being so disappointed I wanted to cry


I remember that feeling as well. They just weren’t the same band anymore.

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it’s a shame that the best active heavy band in the world hasn’t had a good song in 30 years.


King Nothing, Bleeding Me, and Unforgiven II are great songs. Honestly haven’t listened to much from them after Reload except for singles on the radio. But that was enough for me to know.


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Keep Stirring
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
I mean, I always thought of Load as Metallica capitalizing on how huge alternative/modern rock music was at the time... .. if you look at it as an alternative/slight grunge album, it's not all that bad.


Hoodie
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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I always thought of Load as Metallica capitalizing on how huge alternative/modern rock music was at the time... .. if you look at it as an alternative/slight grunge album, it's not all that bad.


A lot of listeners said this when "Load" was released.

I hear a bit of Alice in Chains and maybe some Soundgarden influences on the record.

Still, there's a whole lot of blues-type playing, hard rock, and even a wee bit of country on the album. Not to mention "Bleeding Me" and "The Outlaw Torn," which can hold their own with any era's tracks.

I always thought of "Load" as a mixture of genres and Metallica's most diverse record. It doesn't sound overly "grungy" to my ears.


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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
I dont mind Load or Reload but this is radio Metallica .. they tried to rekindle the harder ,old school sound with Hardwired but it still didnt cut it .Only way for them to go out like a lion is if they replace their drummer .

Also, Judas Priest knows how to continue to put out pounding great music even with a 69 yr old Halford .They are the kings of heavy metal still today


Keep Stirring
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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I dont mind Load or Reload but this is radio Metallica .. they tried to rekindle the harder ,old school sound with Hardwired but it still didnt cut it




I really liked Death Magnetic


djsdawg
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
All of them are good except for st anger.


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the album that would prove to be the most controversial and divisive of their career with "Load."



Hoodie
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
That crossed my mind, danilo. But, I know a lot of fans who like "Load." Everyone hates "St. Anger."


themetalreb
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
St. Anger is the worst major label recording of all time.


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OldManRiver
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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prove to be the most controversial and divisive of their career


danilo
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That crossed my mind, danilo. But, I know a lot of fans who like "Load." Everyone hates "St. Anger."

Hehe. True. We all agree on St Anger.


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Hoodie
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
That crossed my mind, OldManRiver. But, I know a lot of fans who like "Load." Everyone hates "Lulu."


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High C
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re: 25 years ago, today: Metallica shoots "Load."
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Do you believe that if Metallica released "Load" as it was, but looking exactly as they did on the black album tour (no haircuts, no make-up, no Cuban pimp suits, semen, or logo changes), fans would have received it any differently?


I think the success of Black convinced the band to go all the way with the “sellout”. The look certainly contributed to the disdain expressed by hardcore fans, but the music was what it was, anyway.


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