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Metallica (Remastered)

Metallica

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After the muddled production and ultracomplicated song structures of ...And Justice for All, Metallica decided that they had taken the progressive elements of their music as far as they could and that a simplification and streamlining of their sound was in order. While the assessment made sense from a musical standpoint, it also presented an opportunity to commercialize their music, and Metallica accomplishes both goals. The best songs are more melodic and immediate, the crushing, stripped-down grooves of "Enter Sandman," "Sad but True," and "Wherever I May Roam" sticking to traditional structures and using the same main riffs throughout; the crisp, professional production by Bob Rock adds to their accessibility. "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters" avoid the slash-and-burn guitar riffs that had always punctuated the band's ballads; the latter is a full-fledged love song complete with string section, which works much better than might be imagined. The song- and riff-writing slips here and there, a rare occurrence for Metallica, which some longtime fans interpreted as filler next to a batch of singles calculated for commercial success. The objections were often more to the idea that Metallica was doing anything explicitly commercial, but millions more disagreed. In fact, the band's popularity exploded so much that most of their back catalog found mainstream acceptance in its own right, while other progressively inclined speed metal bands copied the move toward simplification. In retrospect, Metallica is a good, but not quite great, album, one whose best moments deservedly captured the heavy metal crown, but whose approach also foreshadowed a creative decline.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Enter Sandman (Remastered)
00:05:31

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Writer, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

2
Sad But True (Remastered)
00:05:24

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Composer, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

3
Holier Than Thou (Remastered)
00:03:47

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

4
The Unforgiven (Remastered)
00:06:27

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Writer, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hammett, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

5
Wherever I May Roam (Remastered)
00:06:44

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - Michael Kamen, Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist - Adam Dubin, Contributor

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

6
Don't Tread on Me (Remastered)
00:04:00

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

7
Through the Never (Remastered)
00:04:04

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Writer, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hammett, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

8
Nothing Else Matters (Remastered)
00:06:28

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

9
Of Wolf and Man (Remastered)
00:04:16

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - Michael Kamen, Arranger - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Writer, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, Writer - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hammett, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

10
The God That Failed (Remastered)
00:05:08

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Writer - Hetfield, Writer

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

11
My Friend of Misery (Remastered)
00:06:49

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - Newsted, Composer, Lyricist - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

12
The Struggle Within (Remastered)
00:03:52

Bob Rock, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Digital Masterer - Randy Staub, Engineer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Kirk Hammett, Lead Guitar - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums - Jason Newsted, Bass - MIKE TACCI, AssistantEngineer - Reuben Cohen, Masterer - Metallica, MainArtist - Ulrich, Composer, Lyricist - Hetfield, Composer, Lyricist

© 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings ℗ 1991, 2021 Blackened Recordings

Album Description

After the muddled production and ultracomplicated song structures of ...And Justice for All, Metallica decided that they had taken the progressive elements of their music as far as they could and that a simplification and streamlining of their sound was in order. While the assessment made sense from a musical standpoint, it also presented an opportunity to commercialize their music, and Metallica accomplishes both goals. The best songs are more melodic and immediate, the crushing, stripped-down grooves of "Enter Sandman," "Sad but True," and "Wherever I May Roam" sticking to traditional structures and using the same main riffs throughout; the crisp, professional production by Bob Rock adds to their accessibility. "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters" avoid the slash-and-burn guitar riffs that had always punctuated the band's ballads; the latter is a full-fledged love song complete with string section, which works much better than might be imagined. The song- and riff-writing slips here and there, a rare occurrence for Metallica, which some longtime fans interpreted as filler next to a batch of singles calculated for commercial success. The objections were often more to the idea that Metallica was doing anything explicitly commercial, but millions more disagreed. In fact, the band's popularity exploded so much that most of their back catalog found mainstream acceptance in its own right, while other progressively inclined speed metal bands copied the move toward simplification. In retrospect, Metallica is a good, but not quite great, album, one whose best moments deservedly captured the heavy metal crown, but whose approach also foreshadowed a creative decline.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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