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Everybody on the internet has an opinion of Metallica. Period. Here's mine. If you have any issues with it, bring it on! I've got my reasons.

(P.S. Yes, I've listened to Lulu, but I won't include it here because, in my opinion, it's more of a Lou Reed thing. However, I have no trouble agreeing with everyone that it's probably the worst thing Metallica has participated in. It was an interesting idea that insisted on remaining esoteric, with no real way for the general audience to grab onto what was going on or why. Atmospheric, but forgettable. Well, at least you can't accuse Metallica of being sell-outs anymore, right?)

Created by: bj_waters | 08.10.2011

1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Pure metal perfection. All eight tracks are winners. This was the first Metallica album I listened to and it took me a bit to appreciate it, but now I recognize it as one of the best metal albums of all time.
2. Metallica - Death Magnetic
Seriously their best material since 1984. While "Cyanide," "Judas Kiss," and "Suicide and Redemption" were kind of forgettable and I've never been big on the Unforgiven songs, the rest is great stuff that I would not hesitate to call thrash.
3. Metallica - Metallica
The classic album. It's hard not to find something to like and about half of this stuff is worthy. I could never get into "Wherever I May Roam" or the last three, but with "Sad But True," "Holier Than Thou," and of course "Enter Sandman," you still have a pretty good slice of metal.
4. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
This is where things get harder to rank. Justice, Kill 'Em All, and Master are all kind of on the same level. Justice is on top because I've finally been getting into it lately. I've always liked "Harvester of Sorrow" and "Shortest Straw," but now I'm starting to like "Blackened" and "Eye of the Beholder." "One" has always been kind of meh.
5. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
The original thrasher. While "Metal Militia" is amazing, the rest are varying degrees of okay. "Jump in the Fire" and "Motorbreath" are fun, the rest get credit simply for being thrash when there was little thrash around.
6. Metallica - Master of Puppets
This comes third of the middle three partially to put it next to St. Anger (okay, I'm trolling a little), but also because I thought it was rather overrated. While "Battery" and "Master of Puppets" are good, iconic thrashers, everything else is just so much blech warped by pointless time-signature wankery that I was seriously disappointed. Everybody claims that this is Metallica's masterpiece, but I just don't hear it. Maybe I had to be there.
7. Metallica - St. Anger
This placement is no joke. I listened to this after Load/Reload and thought it was a breath of fresh air. An extremely stale, repetitive and grindy bit of air, but still fresh. While the songs could do with some serious editing and refinement, I think there's good material hidden on this album. I still listen to "Frantic" on a semi-regular basis.
8. Metallica - Reload
Load and Reload are almost on the same level. Reload gets the higher rank simply because "Fuel" is so catchy and "Prince Charming" is peculiar, so that's two decent songs in the midst of a snooze-fest.
9. Metallica - Load
Seriously, I almost fell asleep when I listened to this album the first time. "King Nothing" is probably the only track worth a listen on here. Everything else is just so mediocre and tired.

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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01.08.2012 - 00:24
I would have figured at least some kind of response by now regarding this list, but I guess people don't notice lists until they hit the forums.

I admit that I haven't listened to Lulu yet, but I don't even know if I'll list it when I do. Isn't it more of a Lou Reed album that simply features Metallica? I guess I'll find out when I listen to it.
01.08.2012 - 16:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by bj_waters on 01.08.2012 at 00:24

Isn't it more of a Lou Reed album that simply features Metallica?

No, it's a collaboration. Metallica wrote music for the album. Although once they saw the bad reviews they tried to put a pin on it by claiming it was all written by Lou Reed and they were just hired mercenaries to play the music and siing along.
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16.10.2012 - 03:15
Updated to explain why I'm not including Lulu, not that I've listened. I doubt I'll ever listen to it again. It's kind of a shame, really: I spent most of the time wishing that James was singing instead of Lou Reed. It might have been half-decent that way. Oh, well.

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