'Load' vs. 'ReLoad' - Readers PollChuck Armstrong |
Being released less than two years apart, Metallica's 'Load' and 'ReLoad' have become two defining albums for the rock band. They aren't considered defining because of the millions of records they sold or the awards they won, but more because of the new sound and image of Metallica that was introduced through them.
If Metallica didn't alienate a certain fan base with 1991's self-titled album, then they definitely did so with 1996's 'Load.' Leaving their thrash roots almost completely behind, the band adopted a bluesier sound than normal. The alienation of a few was exchanged for the introduction to many as 'Load' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and has sold five million records to date. 'ReLoad' accomplished the same thing, debuting at No. 1 and selling nearly four million records, not to mention the Grammy the band picked up for Best Metal Performance. This is no surprise as many of the songs from both albums were conceived at the same time. In fact, Metallica initially wanted to release a double album, but opted to do two single albums instead. Also worth noting, these would be the final two studio albums that bassist Jason Newsted would be featured on. Newsted only received one writing credit over the course of 'Load' and 'ReLoad,' that coming from the song on the second album, 'Where the Wild Things Are.'
What we want to know is, if you had to pick just one of the two albums, which would you go with? According to an interview with Lars Ulrich before 'ReLoad' was released, he believes each album can stand up on its own. “I was very adamant that we would have two records which would balance out with each other, not be an A record and a B record," the drummer says. "They would be two records you would be able to put up against each other as strong, equal records from one songwriting and recording session.”
So which is it? 'Load,' that features songs like 'Ain't My Bitch,' 'King Nothing' and 'Hero of the Day,' or is it 'ReLoad,' an album that includes 'Fuel,' 'The Unforgiven II' and 'The Memory Remains?' Vote below and then tell us why you picked the album you did in the comments section.
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