Greatest Metallica Albumsjpob Vote for your favourite Metallica album. This includes live, cover and EPs.
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Greatest metal guitar sound ever made! Truly a masterpiece.
Totaly something new and trendsetter back in 1984 for the metal and the whole music like a parthenogenesis!
Of course master, kill, black and justice are equal but I had to choose only one album...
MoP's best songs are better than RtL's best songs, but all the songs in RtL are great...
1-Ride the Lightning, all the songs are great
2-Master of Puppets, best songs
3-Kill'em all, Anesthesia is just kickass
4-METALLICA/The Black Album, good bass
5-...and Justice for All, I'm bassist, maybe that's why I don't like AJFA so much, because of the lack of audible bass
6-Death Magnetic, good songs, it's like a mix of a new Metallica with the old Metallica
7-Load and ReLoad, some good songs
8-St Anger, I like St.Anger, Frantic and Invisible kid, but the rest of the album is ****, in a bad way
2.5(someplace between 2 and 3)-S&M, I love classical music, and the mix of the classical feeling with metal is great in this album
7.5(someplace between 7 and 8)-Garage stuff, think I don't like what Metallica likes, besides Turn the Page, Whiskey in the Jar and Tuesday's gone, I hate all the other covers...
Perfectly summed up, although I'd have Puppets ahead of Lightning- but only just... I'm sure you wrestled with that one too.
I'm kinda sad this get's out-shined by Master of Puppets. I know it's personal preference, but This album, along with Kill em all, are the Metallica albums where I'm able to listen through the entire album. Maybe Escape's not that great, but it's not terrible, and the rest of the album is just incredible. Their greatest album.
1. Ride the Lightning- Besides Escape, the entire album contains masterpieces. Best songs: Like I said, everything I said besides Escape, but I still kinda like that song.
2. Kill em All- a lot like Ride the Lightning, I just prefer that album a little bit more. Best songs: Hit the Lights, Four Horsemen, Anethesia, Whiplash, Phantom Lord, No Remorse, Seek and Destroy, Metal Militia.
3. Master of Puppets- Rip me to shreds if you want, but am I the only one who doesn't like the title track? I just find it to be boring. Rest of the album's great though. Also, probably their best production. (Guitar sound, Bass sound, etc.) Best songs: Battery, ...more
At the time It was easy to Crown Master Of Puppets as the King of Metallica's Discography. Looking back on it though, It's a close horse race between Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets. Ride The Lightning is just a little better, Even though these are Flawless albums we're talking about. Ride The Lightning just sits in the Perfect spot between the Shrill, Speed and Fury of Kill 'Em All and the Heavy Polished Master Of Puppets. The best of both worlds.
Battery > Fight Fire With Fire
Master Of Puppets > Ride The Lightning
For Whom The Bell Tolls > The Thing That Should Not Be
Fade To Black > Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Trapped Under Ice > Disposable Heroes
Leper Messiah > Escape
Orion > The Call Of Ktulu
Creeping Death > Damage Inc.
If you didn't keep up, That is Tied. Sure The Title Track Master Of Puppets is miles ahead of Lightning's but For Whom The Bell Tolls is Miles Ahead of The Thing That ...more
The best album of the humanity. Just excellent, true masterpiece! Amazing sound and truly an inspiration for all music fans (not only metal)!
Metallica at their very best and where they finally worked together as a rare and unique whole. The pinnacle of songwriting and technique for them. Just look at 'Orion', 'Welcome Home Sanitarium' and the titular track for songwriting. For heaviness, 'The Thing That Should Not Be' and for riffs, the bridge in 'Damage Inc. ' (at 3:14) is arguably their most accomplished riff. Not to mention the groove that follows when the drums come in. And for solos 'Disposable Heroes' is where Hammett took his playing to the next level. The intensity just keeps building and building.
Their greatest album. Period.
Master of Puppets was to 80's metal what Paranoid was to 70's metal. Like that album, every song here has meaning. I like to think the album has a continuing theme of war and its effects. Almost like a full album dedicated to the subjects of For Whom the Bell Tolls on Ride the Lightning or One on And Justice For All. Disposable Heroes is obviously about forgotten soldiers. The title track is about drugs, something in which many a soldier has tried. Sanitarium is obviously about insanity. This could quite obviously refer to PTSD or other mental disorders associated with war. Maybe this isn't the album's intention but for me it makes it more enjoyable. Even if you don't agree with me, we must acknowledge its brilliance. Cliff Burton was never better on bass. I.e. Orion. But as a whole the band works great. After and justice for all the band could never recover what they created.
My favourite, just insanely goodV120 Comments
My favourite Metallica album, because it features Metallica in a time of despair; Cliff has died, their brutality and anger in the form of music presented as this album. James' riffage and songwriting is absolutely brutal and the complexity of their songs is unlike never before. Kirk's solos are even more wild, disregarding most of his previous pentatonic roots and following a more classical approach, and Lars' drumming... Just listen to Dyers Eve.
Blackened is an outright crazy song and absolutely sets the tone for the album; wild, fast and the main riff is an absolute bitch to play. The interlude makes the comeback seem so much more awesome, and Kirk's solo is wild and crazy.
And Justice For All follows Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning; the title track having an awesome solo and an interlude in the middle where everything breaks down. In this song, it's so long that everything is on such a large scale.
One is by far one of the greatest songs ever ...more
My old comment I put on the black album was before I heard every metallica song, now after listening to each metallica song my studio album listing is:
1.... And Justice for All
3. Death Magnetic
4. Master of Puppets
5. Ride the Lighting
6. Metallica (The Black Album)
7. Kill 'Em All
8. St. Anger
... And Justice for all has allot my my favs on there how is is 6th, Load is a very good album in my opinion, they are slow and have great meaning, death magnetic is pure awesome bringing back some of thier old sound, master of puppets was an epic, but I never really got into leper massiah and Dissposible hero's, ride the lightning is also an epic and all songs are good, but I never really got into some of the songs on the album, the black album's singles are very good but the rest of the album is boring to me, kill 'em all is brilliant, the opening metallica album, but the sound quality is not that great but otherwise ...more - dragon13304
The last of the classic trilogy and the end of an era for Metallica. Their heaviest album, the first progressive metal album ever made and with the most complex rhythm parts this album is a diamond!
It seems like Metallica's sorrow for the loss of their partner Cliff Burton - the band's earlier bassist and backing vocalist, has been translated and converted in the form of raging, emotional music. Lars's drumming performances are stunning wild and Kirk Hammett's guitar solos are amazing, wild and furious. Hetfield's riffs are brutal and his songwriting is perfect. The complexity of their songs have reached whole new levels. - ArchangelOfDeathV88 Comments
Black Album had 5 hit-singles by itself
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Wherever I May Roam - Rigney89
The Black Album.
The reason that 90% of metalheads from 1991 and beyond starts to listen to metal. This album maybe is not as thrash as their 80s stuff holy mother of god is heavy as hell! What can I say for the production and the songwriting. Black album is one the last great rock n roll in history! A truly classic!
Simply the best Metallica album I've ever heard, the lyrics are great, drums and guitar rhythms so nice. Try to listen the intro of wherever I may roam and listen to the beating of the drums haha so cool.. Master of puppets,... And justice for all and ride the lightning are great albums but the black or I may say the snake album is the greatest Metallica ever...
Metallica never went into the studio to record this album knowing it would sell like crazy so it's not a sell out album. I'm sure someone somewhere in the world is buying this album today. - SabbathV58 Comments
Though I like this album, I'm sorry fans of the debut but Ride The Lightning is a COLOSSAL step up. Kill Em All is good, and is possibly the most atmospheric album they've made which I love it for, but it's problem is this: all the songs are tooaalike, they aren't adventurous. It's like Metallica came along and thought "we'll make an album to establish our sound " but not to blow everyone away or experiment. I know they're completely different but just as an example: when Linkin Park made their first studio album, straight away they thought you know what, we're gonna take the world by storm, every song is gonna be unique and blow people away, and they did it and that's why Hybrid Theory is huge. But Kill Em All is the opposite, the songs just aren't standout enough. Don't get me wrong, this album is good, it's dark and really atmospheric, but in terms of skill and bringing the elements together then Ride The Lightning is WAY better. Just compare Fade To Black from Ride The Lightning ...more - EvilAngel
The most metal album metallica ever made and of course the greatest metal album of all metal, period! What a raw and amazing sound!
This list is the worst joke on the internet! Kill 'em All is the greatest thing to be produced by Metallica through their entire career! (2. Ride The Lightning 3. Master of Puppets 4... And Justice for All)
you will get to listen to greatest thrash metal solos on this album, you will find Hetfield doing his best vocal job here and obviously Cliff's greatest bass tracks!
So, why its not no. 1?
I guess you people are voting albums on the basis of their popularity! That's just unfair! Come on, vote KeA up! - BrutalTruth
James' best vocals; Cliff's best bass, some Dave Mustaine writing, all combine. Raw, energetic, powerful album.V67 Comments
This definitely doesn't deserve sixth. This is better than that by far. We call ourselves true Metallica fans and then we just keep listening to their old music. This album should be fourth at least. Yes, master of puppets and black are better, but this album deserves better. In fact, this is one album where the songs are consistently amazing. In ride the lightning, there are some divine ones, but some that are not great. Here, almost every song is divine. I can bet my life, if cyanide, the day that never comes, judas kiss, all nightmare long, suicide and redemption, broken, beat and scarred, unforgiven 3, my apocalypse were in and justice for all, these songs would be worshipped. But no, we have this narrow view that Metallica is no longer the band that used to be. And this is where we fail them as fans.
MOP is better, but dude, Black Album is NOT better than this. This is better.
I never say Death Magnetic should be placed first, but this album can be considered as the return of metallica after their tedious St. Anger...
The solos in judas kiss and the day that never comes are just great... This album cemented metallica's rating as no 1 metal band... - mushthaqshaji
New Metallica is not always bad. If you compare between Enter Sandman and All Nightmare Long. It has same greatness and between The Day That Never Comes and Nothing Else Matters. It just same as great. In this album, they bring Black Album sound, St. Anger power and some of Master Of Puppets sounds. Yeah, just like the Re-Born of Metallica. And why Load is so high? Never listened The House Jack Built and Ronnie? Fuel and Dirty Window are better than that and these album (including DM) deserve higher than Load.
My Top Ten:
1. Ride The Lightning
2. Death Magnetic
3... And Justice For All
4. Master Of Puppets
6. St. Anger
Production is garbage. Songs are too long without having a reason to be long and it is just Metallica failing to be them old selves. Though All Nightmare Long is the best song they made since Justice and I absolutely love All nightmare long.V29 Comments
The roots of this music. Simple as that. A truly masterpiece, a diamond record. Metallica knows how to be great songwriters there is variety, simplicity, incredible melodies and rhythms. Lyrics full of meaning. A record that you are able to find sabbath - skynyrd - grudge - hendrix and other more. People were unfair to this album. This is not a mop or justice or even a black album. This is sth else and you should estimate it with its own terms. A wonderful example why metallica are huge musicians and not just metallheads, sth that we are able to see also to other musical creation such as lulu snm garage inc and of course reload itself. A BAND WITH BALLS
If any other band had written this album, it would be hailed as one of the greats, but thanks to 'tallicas fantastic catalogue, it seems bleech compared to the rest. Still an awesome album.
I don't think load is anywhere close to the worst Metallica album. But I have to say I can't believe st. Anger has gotten any votes whatsoever. - Chris-1
I hated Metallica when this album came. But, this album proved so much later that Metallica is a truly great band!V19 Comments
ReLoad is my personal favourite. The album has everything except thrash, but that is perfectly fine. There is no song in this album I don't like which is why I think this album is excellent as a whole. I also like Metallica's earlier albums, mainly because they contain my favourite songs by them, but they contain also some songs I dislike. This is the best album as an entity.
What? Load An d st. Anger are aheead of this? With songs like fuel, unforgiven 2, the memory remains and fixer its till on no. 10. Its one of Metallica's best ever albums.
Its first modern rock album. Vote for this people
Dude, this is really their best album. I mean, I have no clue why albums like st. Anger, Load, and others are ahead of this. Some albums like master of puppets and black album may give this one some competition, but 9th? You gotta be kidding
Reload is better than load it should be number 7V13 Comments
This is simply the easiest Metallica Album to listen to from start to finish. Every song on the record is awesome!
Another good album, and probably their last good one. Their remake of turn the page needs more recognition. So what is another good song, it's also has probably the most tasteless lyrics, but yeah a good song.
All songs on this album are cover (in case you didn't know) it is still a great album Tuesdays gone whiskey in the jar merciful fate and turn the page are great covers and Metallica made them better so seriously listen to those song this isn't that bad of an album better than st anger load and reload
The second disc is good. - RamblesV5 Comments
The orchestra sound so awesome in the back.
metal and classical together who would've thunk it eh? - rocker1796
This album is so amazing because it has all of their best songs in my opinion AND the orchestra just makes them sound even more badass and incredible
Just think of the awesome sound of Metallica and the epicness of an orchestra...MOTHER OF GODV4 Comments
St. Anger is really underrated... Yeah it's different, but everyone needs to quit the bitching and listen to this album in full. Maybe I like it because I listen to most kinds of music... I don't now. But yeah stop the bitching
Musically this album is very different. Not their best, but it deserves recognition; however, it's horrendously underrated. Songs like Frantic and St. Anger are great. Besides, this record emotionally is really good - the result of years of decay, alcohol, and the bassist leaving the band. It results in lyrics like "if I could have my wasted days back, would I use them to get back on track? " that are good.
This album is full of anger, rage and has a frenetic rhythms, competes with many of the best albums of nu metal.
Unleashes all the rage you have inside.
There is a phrase that describes some of this album "thrash trash" not all the songs are bad, classics like St. Anger and Frantic are very awesome. But a few of the other songs aren't very good. Overall it isn't my favorite but if there was guitar solos it would probably be my 6th favorite - GuyInANateGrinderV30 Comments
Just got this EP... And it's safe to say it's a beast! I can't believe these weren't on death magnetic! My favorites in descending order are as follows:
Rebel of babylon
Hell and back
Just a bullet away
This is an awesome album... All songs are brilliant...
Surprised how they were not included in death magnetic.
Just love the solo in "just a bullet away"
This is a good album I like it better than death magnetic they should have recorded two new songs and they could have made it a studio album.V4 Comments
How is this way down here? The Seattle video in paticular is my favorite live album of all time... by anyone! The only complaint I have against it is that the setlists from the 3 concerts are remarkably similar. Could have tried to throw in a few different ones on for each show (Hit the Lights, Fight Fire with Fire, Disposable Heroes, Damage Inc, Phantom Lord, No Remorse-all great songs that don't appear on this album)
Seattle 89' was absolutely amazing. Amazing set, crowd was into it, Tallica at their best.
The only reason I think this can be voted on now is that in my opinion Hardwired is already better than anything on a real studio album released past the black album, save for Fuel - dubsinthetubs
Best album by Metallica since Black Album in my opinion.
Their new single and title track "Hardwired" is BADASS!
I think its awesome!V2 Comments
I think it's great! Many of my favorite songs. And good quality!V1 Comment
4 words, dave mustaine is awesomeV1 Comment
Come on guys, This is badass! It deserves to be higher on this listV1 Comment
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