Friday, June 26, 2009

Metallica. DOTM

I was talking to a friend about this band's new album earlier and that prompted me do a DOTM on them.

Metallica was a good band for a while. Their first few albums were pretty good but they hit a point where the music was just kind of, well, lame. In fact, their last few albums have been down right disappointing. And then that whole fight with Napster kind of made me lose respect for them too.

Kill Em All
Released in July 1983 by Megaforce Records.
Produced by Paul Curcio and Johny Zazula.
Band lineup:
James Hetfield - guitar, vocals; Lars Ulrich - drums; Cliff Burton - bass, background vocals; Kirk Hammett - guitar.
Tracks: 10
Highlights:
"Anesthesia Pulling Teeth" and "Am I Evil?"

Ride the Lightning
Released in July 1984 by Megaforce.
Produced by Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 10
Highlights:
"Ride the Lightning" "For Whom the Bell Tolls" "Fade to Black" and "Creeping Death"

Master of Puppets
Released in March 1986 by Elektra.
Produced by Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8
Highlights:
"Battery" "Master of Puppets" "The Thing That Should Not Be" "Welcome Home Sanitarium" "Leper Messiah" and "Orion"

The $5.98 EP Garage Days Re-Revisited
Released in August 1987 by Elektra.
Produced by Metallica.
Lineup changes:
Jason Newsted took over for Cliff Burton on bass.
Tracks: 5
Highlights:
"The Wait"

And Justice For All
Released in August 1988 by Elektra.
Produced by Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 9
Highlights:
"Blackened" "One" and "The Shortest Straw"

Metallica
Released in August 1991 by Elektra.
Produced by Bob Rock, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 12
Highlights:
"Enter Sandman" "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters"

Load
Released in June 1996 by Elektra.
Produced by Bob Rock, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 14
No highlights. I was not a big fan of this album.

ReLoad
Released in November 1997 by Elektra.
Produced by Bob Rock, James
Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 13
Highlights:
"The Unforgiven II"


St Anger
Released in June 2003 by Elektra.
Produced by Bob Rock and Metallia.
Lineup changes:
Jason Newsted left the band and produced Bob Rock played bass in the studio on this album.
Tracks: 11
No highlights. Not a big fan of this album either.

Death Magnetic
Released in September 2008 by Warner Brothers.
Produced by Rick Rubin.
Lineup changes:
After the recording of St Anger the band hired Robert Trujillo to play bass.
Tracks: 10
No highlights at this time. Have not had a chance to actually hear the album yet.

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