Greatest Metallica Albums Top 10

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Greatest Metallica Albums Top 10

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Greatest Metallica Albums

Greatest Metallica Albums was one of the most exciting topics in my head lately, and I decided to write my first post about Metallica, the greatest heavy metal band ever existed on the planet. Doesn’t matter what I do and where I am, they are always somewhere in my mind. In years, they have become so meaningful to all of us, I realized that I started to have habit of comparing everything that I listen with Metallica. This is what Metallica actually achieved. They have changed the world.

Here’s my personal Greatest Metallica Albums TOP 10 list for you (Studio Albums Only!). I have tried to consider as much as I can along with my personal view. Feel free to comment below.

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10 – DEATH MAGNETIC (2008)

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Metallica  Death Magnetic (2008) is at the 10th place of the list. I believe that this album has only one major importance in Metallica’s history; after a long time of confusing silence about their future, they wanted to show everybody that Metallica is still alive and can do better. This was how DEATH MAGNETIC was born and it obviously was “their best” at that moment.

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First of all, I didn’t like the Metallica sound in Death Magnetic album. When you compare the album with the classic Metallica standards, you can hear the drums don’t sound metal, and guitars don’t have that Metallica muscle anymore. As far as I know, they have tried a different method in recording and mixing in order to get a maximum volume.  In fact, spending years in composing and recording, working with professionals or having the best equipment possible don’t make an album better. It’s all about the spirit inside. Melodies, lyrics, the attitude in music, feelings, creativity… And the most importantly, their way of feeling themselves as humans. In my opinion, this is what was lacking; they didn’t have any intense feeling that they can put into their music. Ultimately, for me Death Magnetic is a Metallica album without a Metallica spirit inside.

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9 – ST.ANGER (2003)

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Metallica  St.Anger (2003). Unlike many Metallica fans out there, I really liked St.Anger album. I still remember those times (2002-2003). The world was having its worst days (musically) for metalheads, surrounded by “the new generation of music”. When I think about it, it was a nightmare watching Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Nickelblock (Nickelback sorry) and bands like them are on the Tv 24/7. And when they finally announced the release date, I remember how excited everybody was (including me) about the upcoming Metallica record. As you will also know from the movie of making St.Anger, they’ve had so many personal problems with each other. It was also the period when they have questioned everything about their lives, careers, music, and eventually Metallica. They were in a search for something which can bring that feeling back, the excitement to feel alive again.

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Everything has started with their bass player auditions. Rob Trujillo has joined the band and got himself into a situation where music wasn’t a priority. Actually, everything that they got filmed at that time helped us a lot in order to understand what was really going on. Everybody has seen what was going on with the greatest metal band ever existed, with their own eyes.

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After watching the documentary “Some Kind of Monster,” I listened to St.Anger once again. And it was an entirely different experience. Firstly, I really liked the idea of filming this tense period. It was more than just four guys going into the studio working on a record of their new materials. I found them sincere with everything that has happened, and probably this is why I have this special connection with this album. Whenever I listen to this album, I think of those times and it always makes me feel better.

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I liked the Metallica Attitude, more than anything else in St.Anger. They were fucking angry and had something to say to the world about it. They have tried so many things on their recording processes, such as different kind of guitars with different kind of guitar sounds, different drums and even tried to change some basic Metallica principles such as “Solo Parts.” And of course, all these big reforms didn’t make everybody happy. For me, they were looking for something new (as they always do) and it was ok. As I have pointed above for the Death Magnetic, that they didn’t have any certain feeling that they can work on. St.Anger might not have super creative songs, melodies or materials, but it certainly has the Metallica spirit from the beginning to the end!

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8 – RELOAD (1998)

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Metallica – Reload (1998) is Metallica’s second hard rock album. This album is like the second part / second disc of Load album (1996) not only for me but even for Metallica. This is why they made the whole concept pretty much similar with their previous album; Load.

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The album opens up with a powerful hit song; “Fuel,” which Nascar also used for their campaigns. It’s an easy listening album from the first to the last track. Good lyrics, good production, good recording. With all these factors, they have become more and more popular worldwide. Since Load and ReLoad albums release, they were not only the best metal band in the world anymore, they were something else.

I can understand the fact that everything changes in time. The only thing that is constant is change. I am not criticizing anybody for this. I like what they have done with these two albums (load and reload). They have good songs and videos that I still enjoy listening and watching. Load and Reload have been a good step for getting to know Metallica for those who never listened to metal music at all. Thousands of people started listening to Metallica with Reload album, ended up being Metalheads in time.

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7 – HARDWIRED.. TO SELF-DESTRUCT (2016)

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Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (2016). I can honestly say I was blown away with the release of Hardwired music video at first sight. The overflowing energy in that song reminded me that old-fashioned Metallica spirit which we are all in love with. However, I can’t say the same thing for the rest of the album.

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This story started with the album opener song, which is also the album title; “HARDWIRED… TO SELF-DESTRUCT“. First of all, that is an exciting title indeed! It immediately forced me to stop whatever I was doing and go to my laptop to check the video out. As I have mentioned earlier, I loved everything about both the song and the video. They are playing some heavy riffs like a machine in full darkness, where you can easily sense “this is the right sound for this look.” This is the Metallica originality. And it got me even more excited about the upcoming releases after watching this one. However…

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I have nothing exciting to say about the rest of the album. I couldn’t feel anything fresh or exciting. It has the sound of this Modern Metallica. It has the same feeling all the way from the second song until the end. After listening to the whole album two times, I never wanted to listen to any song except the album opener, Hardwired.

Eventually, when I think of all the positive and negative things together, I can say that it is always good to hear James’ voice.

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6- KILL ‘EM ALL (1983)

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Kill ‘Em All (1983) is the birth of a legend. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine and Cliff Burton. Look at this lineup; they are like NBA Allstars, don’t they? Who might have guessed that these four young fellas gonna change the history of metal music, except them? Sometimes this is what we all need to do in life. Just doing it rather than waiting for the right moment or a sign from God.

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With their first album; Kill ‘Em All, Metallica started touring all across the city and then the country. Kill ‘Em All wasn’t a masterpiece album at that time, but it showed a lot of promise and potential. Their performances and sound impressed thousands of people, and by this positive feedback, they knew that they were on the right track!

An epic thrash metal album. Good melodies, good songs with incredible guitar playing skills, which gives you the feeling that, they are a great live performance band. There’s no much to say, Kill ‘Em All is simply one of the greatest thrash albums in Metal History and also in our hearts.

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5- Ride The Lightning (1984)

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Ride the Lightning (1984) was one of Metallica’s another step to be the best. With this album, they were not only continued showing their high musical potentials, but they also improved themselves in playing, songwriting and musicianship skills.

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Album opener “Fight Fire with Fire” is a classic Thrash Metal song, which leaves you breathless. The electric on the album cover is blowing from speakers. What an aggression! What a power! It’s definitely calling you to see them live again!

Every track has something special about it which keeps you listening to the end. This time, it’s not all about real fast riffs and solos, they have some unique melodies that stay in your mind for some time. Ride the Lightning has great melodic parts with clean guitars which they didn’t have before and also great Metallica-style riffs and songs for live performances.

While Metallica was still exploring their limits in creativity with Ride the Lightning album, they also realized that they have everything they need to go until the end of this road. They were musically doing better and better with every album, and their live performances were sensational. And they knew that they can still do better!

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4- Load (1996)

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Load (1996) is Metallica’s sixth full-length studio album. After Black album’s release in 1991 and world tour period in 92 and 93, it was a fact that Metallica had become the greatest Heavy Metal Band ever existed until their confusing next move in 1996; releasing “Load” album.

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Nothing was the same after Black Album. This journey, which started in 1983, have changed everything on earth. After touring for couple years with Black Album’s release, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Jason Newsted were not the same people anymore. They have accomplished everything that’s possible and experienced everything which is limited only by human imagination. And this brought them to a new stage in life, where they needed to take some time off, in order to find themselves again.

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After a few years of silence, they got back, to do what they do the best in life, as entirely new individuals. This is how “Load” was born. They have started a new era for themselves with a new look, new style. Simply, with a new Metallica. If I am not mistaken, they wrote more than 20-30 songs and put some of them in Load and the rest of Re-Load album.

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3- …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (1988)

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…And Justice for All (1988) is Metallica’s fourth and the first full-length album with their new bass player Jason Newsted. After that tragic accident in Master of Puppets tour and their close friend and bass player, Cliff Burton’s tragic death And Justice For All spirit filled their souls with anger, aggression, and hate. Although it’s problems in recordings and sound, And Justice For All is considered as one of the greatest Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal albums in Metal History, and on the 3rd place on my Greatest Metallica Albums Top 10.

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And Justice for All is one of my most favorite Metallica albums. It has this proper tension, aggressive and sad feeling in it. With its artwork, attitude, sound and political lyrics (!) you have no choice but respect these four guys for what they have done.

Album opener “Blackened” is a monster. I think this song has been composed by mathematicians and scientists in order to create the best metal song for live performances. This is the most significant characteristic of this album. All these songs are for live performances! Years of touring and living on the road made them “a live performance band,” in which they had the exceptional talent. And they wrote the right songs for it!

Despite the fact that, all metal community hated making music videos at that time, they filmed their first Metallica video for “One,” their fourth song in And Justice for All album. Metallica’s borders were lifted, and they started touring the world for the second time as “Damaged Justice” tour.

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2- MASTER OF PUPPETS (1986)

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Master of Puppets (1986) album is one of the greatest Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal albums of all time. The atmosphere in this album is still able to take you back to 90’s.

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Master of Puppets is the second album in my Greatest Metallica Albums Top 10 list. And the first album which took Metallica to the world stage. The invitation they received from Ozzfest was one of the milestones in their career that changed their life.

After their second studio album; “Ride the Lightning,” they did the right thing by focusing in only what they musically do the best. They took their music to a better level by writing aggressive, powerful and fast riffs, protest lyrics, super fast solos, complex, extended song arrangements and combining with beautiful, clean guitar melodies.

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1- METALLICA (THE BLACK ALBUM) (1991)

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Metallica (The Black Album) is top of my Greatest Metallica Albums Top 10. It is one of the most important records in the history of music. It sold millions of copies (still selling more than Megadeth’s latest album; Dystopia) worldwide, and even the street dogs learned the name; Metallica, with this album. SIMPLY, THE ALBUM THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

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It still makes me excited with its beautiful guitar tones (both distortion and clean guitars), solo tones, drum sounds and James’ excellent vocals. He was around his 30’s at that time, and this album was his best performance in his singing career. Kirk’s well-arranged solos, Lars’ beast drum tone, Jason’s contribution in song-writing in Bob Rock’s coaching have us this gift for a lifetime. We can also say that Black album is Metallica’s first heavy metal, Master of Puppets is their last thrash metal album.

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They recorded this album when they were at their peak in songwriting, composing and in every musical aspect. If I am not mistaken, this is the first album that they filmed their whole recording process as a documentary. It’s called “A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica“. This documentary has not only changed my life, it changed millions of lives from all around the world.

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As they also say it in this documentary, the muscle in their guitar sound is something very significant about this album. I can recognize this sound in 3 seconds and tell you that this is Metallica. Black Album’s artwork, their look, attitude, sound, music videos and everything you can think of, created the best Metallica image ever. They set the bar up so high, and still, nobody has been able to do any better.

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Black Album has everything; it has heavy metal, it has hard rock, it has thrash metal, it has beautiful, clean guitars, clean vocals, aggressive parts, screaming solos, headbangs, keyboard and classic guitar. This twelve song masterpiece is always at the top of my Greatest Metallica Albums list and my heart.

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