Metallica - ...And Justice For All


8.9 | 2928 votes |
Release date: 25 August 1988
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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01. Blackened
02. ...And Justice For All
03. Eye Of The Beholder
04. One
05. The Shortest Straw
06. Harvester Of Sorrow
07. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity
08. To Live Is To Die
09. Dyers Eve
10. The Prince [Diamond Head cover] [Japanese bonus]
11. One [live] [digital reissue bonus]
12. ...And Justice For All [live] [digital reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1988: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 84

Line-up
James Hetfield - guitars, vocals
Kirk Hammett - guitars, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Jason Newsted - bass

Additional info
Production

* Metallica; Flemming Rasmussen - producers
* Flemming Rasmussen - engineer
* Mike Clink - drum engineer on track 5 and 6
* Toby Wright - additional engineer
* Steve Thompson; Michael Barbiero - mixing
* George Cowan - assistant mixing engineer
* Bob Ludwig - audio mastering

* James Hetfield; Lars Ulrich - cover concept
* Stephen Gorman; Pushead - illustrations
* Ross Halfin - photography
* Reiner Design Consultants, Inc. - design, layout

The live bonus tracks were recorded live on August 29, 1989 at the Seattle Coliseum in Seattle, WA and mixed by Mike Gillies.

Guest review by
Joey Jo Jo
Rating:
5.0
Hmmm, so this is the last "true" Metallica classic? Let me start off by saying a lot of fans consider this to be their "progressive" album, while after hearing it through, the only thing I can point out that has "progressed" is the band's ability to bore the listener into a deep coma after a couple tracks.

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published 05.08.2005 | Comments (91)

Guest review by
Powerslave16
Rating:
9.0
When I came across Aguirre's review of Metallica's '...And Justice For All', I immediately spewed Coca-Cola everywhere and threatened the non-stickiness of my keyboard. I didn't see it coming, I guess. Aguirre is entitled to his opinion, but what follows is my review of Metallica's 'last great' and 'progressive' album.

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published 29.09.2007 | Comments (40)

Guest review by
!Mac!
Rating:
8.0
It can easily be said that music is a photo in time. A fragment in where society is once shot, forever leaving the remembrance of where and who we were. This translates directly and more so intently to an artist or band, and where they were in their lives and careers when a piece of work was released. For Metallica in 1988, two-years removed from a loss of a brother, a friend and a band mate, bassist Cliff Burton, they showed their scars in an album that I can only help but adore. "…And Justice For All" is a long, (65-minutes long, 10 less than the maximum) drawn out, epic, loud, angry, and emotionally charged record that sweeps its listeners up into its messages and endless musicianship.

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published 03.12.2008 | Comments (5)

Guest review by
Hermann Langke
Rating:
8.9
Metallica! Need we say anything more about this band? They are the biggest Heavy Metal band ever to have existed, sold more records than any other Metal band and have performed in almost all the countries on the planet. They are the fathers of Thrash Metal and are one of the most influential bands of all time. Most of you know a great deal about them so I won't be elaborating anymore.

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published 04.07.2010 | Comments (27)

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17.11.2018 - 19:11
Rating: 6
Metren
Chameleon
The biggest problem with this album isn't the production, it's the lack of flutes and the way they don't play their mandolins loudly enough.
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26.11.2018 - 19:31
Rating: 10
Vikcen
Metálico
Written by Metren on 17.11.2018 at 19:11

The biggest problem with this album isn't the production, it's the lack of flutes and the way they don't play their mandolins loudly enough.


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26.11.2018 - 23:19
Rating: 6
Metren
Chameleon
Written by Vikcen on 26.11.2018 at 19:31

This is my gift for you:






And I shall return the favor:

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I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".
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02.08.2019 - 02:49
Immortus
Great album, but not quite a masterpiece. Also, a sure-fire minus 1 if I've ever heard one.

Rendering the bass inaudible created a flat mix/production and you can hear the lack of depth in music.
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21.08.2019 - 22:51
Rating: 7
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Immortus on 02.08.2019 at 02:49
Rendering the bass inaudible created a flat mix/production and you can hear the lack of depth in music.

That's something I'll never understand. I know stylistically sometimes it makes sense depending on the genre to muffle the bass a bit or even a lot, but a thrash album needs that foundational weight to support the galloping guitars, otherwise it just sounds thin and hollow.

I wasn't there to witness the reactions of fans at the time of its release but I can't imagine people didn't notice the massive red flags waving all over this.
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20.02.2020 - 21:39
Rating: 4
Metal Rambo
As long as I can remember knowing Metallica, people have always been talking about the first four albums being the absolute masterpieces and how after that everything went downhill fast. After owning and listening to this band and these exact albums for more than 20 years for now, I can finally come clean with this unpopular and incorrect opinion of mine: make it three for me.

How and why is this album so revered I will never understand. From what I have read, they tried to make this more ambitious and complex than anything they had tried before, even if their most talented members had either died or been kicked out already. What this means in action, is overlong and boring metal album trying to sound more sophisticated and smart than it actually is. And yes, I said that: ...And Justice For All is just incredibly boring, way too lengthy and flat-sounding record I have never been able to listen through in one sitting.

Honestly, I'm not even exaggerating this. I can totally understand why they decided to simplify their sound after this even if I'm not a huge fan of that stuff either.
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20.02.2020 - 21:46
The Witchfinder
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Definitely better than Master of Puppets at least.

God I wish it had bass though.
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04.05.2020 - 14:22
Mark Ayoub
Written by Guest on 20.02.2020 at 21:46

Definitely better than Master of Puppets at least.

God I wish it had bass though.

If you have a genuine copy of the album I highly recommend you track down the bootleg release "And Justice For Jason" which was remixed and remastered to restore the long absent bass without losing any of the dynamics. It's a superior listen. You'll never want to hear the original again.
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04.05.2020 - 18:17
The Witchfinder
Account deleted
Written by Mark Ayoub on 04.05.2020 at 14:22

Written by Guest on 20.02.2020 at 21:46

Definitely better than Master of Puppets at least.

God I wish it had bass though.

If you have a genuine copy of the album I highly recommend you track down the bootleg release "And Justice For Jason" which was remixed and remastered to restore the long absent bass without losing any of the dynamics. It's a superior listen. You'll never want to hear the original again.

Is that right? I'll be sure to check this out then.
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21.05.2020 - 12:57
Rating: 10
Paulh
01. Blackened - 10/10
02. ...And Justice For All - 10/10
03. Eye Of The Beholder - 9.5/10
04. One - 10/10
05. The Shortest Straw - 9.5/10
06. Harvester Of Sorrow - 10/10
07. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity - 9.5/10
08. To Live Is To Die - 9.5/10
09. Dyers Eve - 10/10

Overall: 9.8/10
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26.05.2020 - 23:43
Rating: 8
DeathMetal
I enjoyed this album but it's far from their best. The Black Album makes sense after hearing this one for so many years.
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30.10.2020 - 23:05
Rating: 8
Redel
Seeing fights going on here between 6-ratings and 10-ratings I feel the urge to make it easy and bring it to the point, as I see it.
Superb songwriting
Atrocious production (minus 1 full point)
Overlong songs (minus 1 full point)
Equals an 8.0 in my books.
Not even close to their best, but far away from their b..l s..t either.
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30.10.2020 - 23:50
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
This is definitely one of their worst when it comes to nonsensically long songs. But hard to overlook some of the absolute bangers like Dyer's Eve. Can you imagine how good Metallica could be with an album full of Dyer's Eve? I'm wet just thinking about it.
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