Metallica – Load (1996/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

(Last Updated On: September 8, 2017)

Metallica – Load (1996/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 78:58 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: | Artwork: Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

Load is the sixth studio album by Metallica. It sold 680,000 units in its first week, making it the biggest opening week for Metallica and the biggest debut of 1996. Load debuted and spent four consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified 5× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping five million copies in the United States. The album showed more of a hard rock side of Metallica than the band’s typical thrash metal, which upset their fans. It also featured influences from genres such as Southern rock, blues rock, country rock and alternative rock.

Delivered five years after their eponymous “black” album in 1991, Load captures Metallica settling into an uneasy period of maturation. Under the guidance of producer Bob Rock, Metallica have streamlined their sound, cutting away most of the twisting, unpredictable time signatures and the mind-numbingly fast riffs. What’s left is polished – and disappointingly straightforward – heavy metal. Metallica’s attempts at expanding their sonic palette have made them seem more conventional than they ever have before. They add in Southern boogie rock, country-rock, and power ballads to their bag of tricks, which make them sound like ’70s arena rock holdovers. Metallica’s idea of opening up their sound is to concentrate on relentless midtempo boogie – over half the album is dedicated to songs that are meant to groove, but they simply don’t swing. Metallica sound tight, but with the material they’ve written, they should sound loose. That becomes apparent as the songs drag out over the album’s nearly 80-minute running time – there are only so many times that a band can work the same tempo exactly the same way before it becomes tedious. It isn’t surprising to hear Metallica get stodgier and more conservative as they get older, but it is nonetheless depressing.

01 – Ain’t My Bitch
02 – 2 X 4
03 – The House Jack Built
04 – Until It Sleeps
05 – King Nothing
06 – Hero Of The Day
07 – Bleeding Me
08 – Cure
09 – Poor Twisted Me
10 – Wasting My Hate
11 – Mama Said
12 – Thorn Within
13 – Ronnie
14 – The Outlaw Torn


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