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Which do you think is the most important Metallica album?

Master Of Puppets80
Ride The Lightning61
Kill 'Em All50
Metallica (black album)34
...And Justice For All14
St. Anger7
Load2
Reload1
Garage Days0

Total votes: 249


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Posted by Black Mass on 03.05.2007 at 05:07
I'm sitting at my desk at work slugging away on a 150 page pavement design report (yawn) when I decided I needed some music to get me going. I pulled out my trusty ipod and chose Metallica. After listening to Kill 'Em All, Master Of Puppets and ...And Justice For All, I began wondering which Metallica album is the most important. And by that I mean the album that had the biggest impact when it was released, the album that made them who they became and who they are today, the album that solidified their fan base and their place in the Heavy Metal music world.

For me, its Master Of Puppets. From the opening riff of Battery to the closing note of Damage Inc, the songs are well structured, powerful and remind me why Metallica were the first band I really got into all those years ago.

I did a search and couldn't find a similiar poll, so if there has been one already I apologise.
I also realise I have left of Garage Days Re-visited and S&M but decided they dont really rate in the poll.

Would love to read what anyone else has to say.



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Troy Killjoy
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  16.06.2011 at 15:00
Written by Metal_4Ever on 16.06.2011 at 13:31

Well I think that "The Black Album" is the most Important, And it has the most important songs like:
If there wasn't that album, MetallicA would lose a lot of fans.

Metallica lost most of their real fans as a result of that drivel. Nothing more than commercial hard rock. Way to alienate your fanbase.
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Troy Killjoy
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  16.06.2011 at 15:01
Written by JD on 16.06.2011 at 12:47

Kill 'Em All.

Agreed. Everyone points to MoP has thrash's masterpiece - but if you don't have Kill 'Em All, you don't get MoP, or Metallica for that matter.
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JD
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  16.06.2011 at 15:08
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.06.2011 at 15:00

Written by Metal_4Ever on 16.06.2011 at 13:31

Well I think that "The Black Album" is the most Important, And it has the most important songs like:
If there wasn't that album, MetallicA would lose a lot of fans.

Metallica lost most of their real fans as a result of that drivel. Nothing more than commercial hard rock. Way to alienate your fanbase.

Hehe, well i wanted to say that when i first readed his post, but i didn't want to argue with that, because its pointless, but totally agree with you, Metallica lost their real fans starting from "The Black Album".
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Metal_4Ever

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  16.06.2011 at 19:21
Written by JD on 16.06.2011 at 15:08

Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.06.2011 at 15:00

Written by Metal_4Ever on 16.06.2011 at 13:31

Well I think that "The Black Album" is the most Important, And it has the most important songs like:
If there wasn't that album, MetallicA would lose a lot of fans.

Metallica lost most of their real fans as a result of that drivel. Nothing more than commercial hard rock. Way to alienate your fanbase.

Hehe, well i wanted to say that when i first readed his post, but i didn't want to argue with that, because its pointless, but totally agree with you, Metallica lost their real fans starting from "The Black Album".

Well, seriously I have a different Point of view
And there are many People started like this band after that album including myself
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JD
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  16.06.2011 at 19:28
Written by Metal_4Ever on 16.06.2011 at 19:21

Written by JD on 16.06.2011 at 15:08

Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.06.2011 at 15:00

Written by Metal_4Ever on 16.06.2011 at 13:31

Well I think that "The Black Album" is the most Important, And it has the most important songs like:
If there wasn't that album, MetallicA would lose a lot of fans.

Metallica lost most of their real fans as a result of that drivel. Nothing more than commercial hard rock. Way to alienate your fanbase.

Hehe, well i wanted to say that when i first readed his post, but i didn't want to argue with that, because its pointless, but totally agree with you, Metallica lost their real fans starting from "The Black Album".

Well, seriously I have a different Point of view
And there are many People started like this band after that album including myself

I get your point, I don't want to be rude or anything, but i guess in future you will understand why i said that about The Black Album
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Metal_4Ever

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  16.06.2011 at 19:48
Written by JD on 16.06.2011 at 19:28

I get your point, I don't want to be rude or anything, but i guess in future you will understand why i said that about The Black Album

Ummmm, as you want
Waitin that day....
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  16.06.2011 at 23:22
Kill 'em All was pretty much the debut thrash album and also one of Metallica's best.
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Troy Killjoy
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  17.06.2011 at 05:03
Written by Metal_4Ever on 16.06.2011 at 19:21

there are many People started like this band after that album

Because they sold out. They made themselves into a commercial rock band. That's why their fanbase increased.
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  17.06.2011 at 05:05
Seeing as Kill'em All is the first full length thrash album, whether or no Metallica was the first thrash band, it is a hugely influential album.
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  18.06.2011 at 09:14
Probably Kill em All. It was like the first thrash album(Unless I'm wrong)!
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  18.06.2011 at 23:18
I voted for Ride the Lightning. This is because it showed that they could expand on their music while keeping the essentials for what made it what it was... For a few years anyways. I find a lot of thrash bands fail to do this, and it can result in music that sounds too similar in each album and loses impact after a while.
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  19.06.2011 at 03:01
I would say Kill Em All. From what I understand KEA was the album that basically contained the sound that every band was trying to get at the time but couldn't quite achieve. It was not only a break through album for Metallica but also the album that broke thrash through. I think this would also go to show how important and great of a band Metallica were. A lot of people seem to forget how much of an impact they made in the 80's because of how big they are today.
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  19.06.2011 at 18:40
Kill Em All. Essential for molding early thrash into the right form.
baseyg

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  20.06.2011 at 00:44
Although other Metallica are better (Ride the lightning is my favorite) i think the black album is the most important. It was really the first album to really bring Metal to the attention of everyone in the world and for good or better, it has really shaped not just metal, but the whole of popular culture. Its hard rock influenced metal inspired countless bands. Although not the best metal/ hard rock has spawned from its style (nickleback cough*). The black album is what bought many people to the genre of metal and no matter how bad you may think they are, Metal needs mainstream bands to bring new fans to the attention of the genre.
GroundZero

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  21.06.2011 at 20:13
I think "Kill 'Em All" and "Master of Puppets", the former was the official presentation of the "Thrash Metal" genre, and the latter is one of the best "Thrash Metal" albums ever.

My favourite is "...And Justice For All", though.
Dentura
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  06.10.2012 at 06:37
Master of Puppets is objectively the most influential of their albums.
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  06.10.2012 at 13:27
Written by Dentura on 06.10.2012 at 06:37

Master of Puppets is objectively the most influential of their albums I believe.



By using "I believe" you already showed that it is subjectively their most important album.

I say Ride The lightning is more important than Master due to it being the blueprint of Master looking at the way master is built up.

I would dare say Metalluica is their most important cause it propelled the band into the mainstream
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  06.10.2012 at 13:37
Well, I guess it all comes down to whether you see their most "important" album as the one that exposed them to the biggest audience, or the one that was the most influential on the metal world as a whole. If the latter is the criteria, then I'd say "Ride The Lightning" is definitely their most important album. And I'd say in terms of influence, all 4 of Metallica's 80's albums are more important than the black album. Then again, you could reasonably argue that all the 80's thrash bands who became more mainstream post-black album did so as a direct result of the Black Album's success. So it certainly did influence the metal scene at the time for sure...
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  06.10.2012 at 20:04
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.10.2012 at 13:27

Written by Dentura on 06.10.2012 at 06:37

Master of Puppets is objectively the most influential of their albums I believe.



By using "I believe" you already showed that it is subjectively their most important album.



My bad, post edited.
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  07.10.2012 at 09:31
And Justice For All. At that time i think Metallica was at their best musically. And even during their Live Shit: Binge and Purge era they were really good. That album from 89 (which is right after AJFA) to 93 shows them at their best i think. I know pretty much everyone thinks its MOP, but their first three albums were just stepping stones, and although you cant hear the bass on AJFA worth shit i think that album is a masterpiece. No filler songs what so ever, and One may be one of the most overrated Metallica songs ever, its still a good song.
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Egigantea

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  08.10.2012 at 11:16
By the looks of the poll it appears as the question is "which is your favorite Metallica album?"
KILL 'EM ALL has to be the most important Metallica album, it's common sense since it's the first Metallica album and maybe even first pure thrash metal album.

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