What is everybody’s favourite era of Metallica?
Why, whatever period it was in which they became followers – check that, rabid, know-it-all followers of probably the most successful and polarizing heavy metal band of all time.Download Our App
As soon as that discovery period passes, many Metallica followers seem to become intractable, opinionated, territorial and dismissive of the group’s very subsequent career move, as if betrayal is the natural human response to idolatry.
So, as a result of Metallica never acquired as many fans, nor sold as many records, as they did with 1991’s ‘Black Album,’ it stands to (un)reason that none of their long-players comes in for more undeserved abuse than 1996’s Load.
However Load is neither as heretical of sound nor lacking of quality (hello, St. Anger) as another Metallica opus post the ‘Black Album’ – in fact, we’ll posit that it’s a consistently exciting and remarkably daring work, well worth revisiting without blind prejudice.
So why not give it a rest, put it to the check, and see if perhaps you too might one day attest that Load is a valued asset within the Metallica discography. Need convincing? Take a look at our 10 Reasons Why Load Is Better Than You Remember in the slideshow above.