For many, this was their "first" album.
By Kit Karamak
Hey, anyone remember when Jethro Tull beat Metallica in the grammy's for "best metal album," back in the day? JT was insulted. Metallica was insulted. Everyone knew the system was rigged and BS.
All that changed when this album came out.
Every metal band musician learned this album. It influenced everyone in some way.
Some hated it and swore it's when Metallica "went pop."
Some praised it because KH sat downa nd learned some fancy licks from the world's greatest fusion guitar soloist.
CONGRATS! YOU CAN NOW PLAY A FEW LICKS LIKE STEVE VAI AND JOE SETRIANI. Did I even SPELL Joe's surname right?! Doesn't matter!
It's not all about KH, and it's not about Jason Newstead, and it's not even about Lars a decade prior to painting like a Jackson Pollok ripoff.
What matters, here, is that Metallica EVOLVED to the highest level of mix and master, to highest level of lyrical genius, and the highest level of musicality in their song writing. This is the pinnacle, boys and girls.
After this, we have Hero of the Day, and then Fuel. Sorry, everybody.
So, just remember, this isn't Metallica's first album. It was their last. Give it some love.
Oh, and Metallica, hurry up and remaster this, so that my subwoofer falls in love all over again. Thanks, gang.