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June 08, 2004


Just for the record, the black album is when they started sucking. The difference in sound between it and "... And Justice for All" is dramatic, and it's very pop ("Unforgiven" was like the obligatory ballad of late-80's metal bands, such as Guns and Roses' "Patience", Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", and Motley Crue's "Without You").

Documentaries rock my socks off, but don't you think that it's a bit fishy that this documentary was done with band-promotion in mind?

And Fred Durst is "the most hated man in metal."

For the most part, Joe, you're right. The Black Album was the beginning of the shift from their speed metal past to their more pop-oriented hard rock present. But the literal sound of the guitars and drums on The Black Album are still classic Metallica, whereas the subsequent Load and Re-load sound like they were made by a completely different band. Furthermore, while Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters - as well as the album's overall preference for shorter, more conventional songs - make it more pop than And Justice For All, at least there were SOME speed metal songs on The Black Album. Their later records didn't even have anything as hard as Enter Sandman.

Plus, I just listened to the Black Album a few months ago for the first time in years, and it holds up pretty well. I wouldn't get near their follow-up albums (save, perhaps, for the ok St. Anger).

As for the band promotion issue, yeah, I definitely think it's a bit fishy. But since the documentary makers have a pretty reliable track record (save for Berlinger directing the awful fictional follow-up to the Blair Witch Project) and the film itself isn't simply a fawning, totally positive look at the band, I think it still passes the test of "reasonable objectivity."

I don't consider Fred Durst or Limp Bizkit metal. That said, him and Lars are definitely neck and neck in the race for "most hated"....

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