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Category: Power/Melodic Metal

Year: 1996

Label: Elektra

Catalog Number: 61923-2

Average Rating: 62 / 100 (5 ratings)

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Metallica Load Album Cover

James Hetfield vocals, guitar
Kirk Hammett guitar
Jason Newsted bass
Lars Ulrich drums
1.  Ain't My Bitch  5:04
2.  2x4  5:28
3.  The House Jack Built  6:38
4.  Until It Sleeps  4:27
5.  King Nothing  5:29
6.  Hero of the Day  4:21
7.  Bleeding Me  8:17
8.  Cure  4:54
9.  Poor Twisted Me  4:00
10.  Wasting My Hate  3:57
11.  Mama Said  5:19
12.  Thorn Within  5:51
13.  Ronnie  5:17
14.  The Outlaw Torn  9:48
Total Running Time:  78:50

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From: Motley Date: May 27, 2004 at 9:15
What a LOAD of crap crap crap crap!!!!!!Nothing in here that indicates metallica

From: Richierocker Date: May 28, 2004 at 18:54
This album isnt that bad! a sleeker sound, more loose but with the skull splitting sound and delivery only Metallica can deliver. I will admit some of the hammett solos are a little bit mellower, He said in a n interview back when this was relaesed that 'a guitar solo doesnt have to be fast to kick ass' I agree but I wish he played the way he used to. Other than that the lost more fans that they gained with this one and the ones they have now are wicked poseurs, who are only into the mainstream.

From: Chris Date: June 6, 2004 at 5:34
Metallica shows with this album that there are more than just metal. If you ask me, people only hate this album because they're comparing it with their past albums. I will admit their older stuff is superior, but does that automatically mean their new stuff sucks? So what if Metallica's thrash days were over since the Black Album? This album shows that they can try something different. So even if you hate Metallica's experiments, you still gotta give them credit for trying something new.

From: Shannon Date: June 19, 2004 at 23:35
Load and ReLoad should've been ONE album called LOAD. And the track listing should have been: Ain't My Bitch, 2x4, The House Jack Built, Until It Sleeps, King Nothing, Hero Of The Day, Bleeding Me, Poor Twisted Me, Fuel, The Memory Remains, The Unforgiven II.------> Now THAT would've been a GREAT album, but they had to add all this filler CRAP and make two albums instead!!! WHY??? [$$$$$$$$$$$]

From: MetalliManiac Date: June 29, 2004 at 18:07
I am a huge Metallica fan and find all their stuff to be great. I just want to add in that it is not easy at all to make an album and every album ever made besides The Black album have 'fillers'. Original songs are hard to perfect and Metallica still finds a way to perfect each and every song!

From: Carpet-Muncher Date: July 2, 2004 at 5:46
Didn't Guns N Roses first come up with the idea of releasing 2 albums of fodder instead of 1 killer album to wring every last $ out of their loyal fanbase?

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 22:07
They do move into somewhat of an alternative sound with this album, but not as much as it is made out to be. They still have some strong hard rock tunes in 'King Nothing', 'Ain't My Bitch', and 'Bleeding Me'. There is some junk on here such as 'Hero Of The Day', but this is not a bad album at all. 7/10

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: August 28, 2004 at 23:31
Who put it in James's head that he could sing? WELCOME TO NU-METAL!!

From: holy metal Date: September 5, 2004 at 5:04
OH men the crapallica era begins with these album.

From: Idiot Date: September 18, 2004 at 23:34
Ha Ha...'LOAD'!! Get it?!

From: Supernaut Date: September 20, 2004 at 14:44
Metallica why??? Metallica????? Go listen to ur old stuff and see where u went wrong!!!!! Nice comment Rattlehead!!!!

From: SPOTLIGHT Date: September 23, 2004 at 1:05
The first 2 songs were cool. Re-Load is the perfect example of why you shouldn't jerk off twice in one day. That album fizzled out like a bad fart. 'Nuff said!

From: Metalhead66 Date: October 8, 2004 at 11:53
This is a load.... of festering SHIT!! I realize that they need to Evolve,But into a shit metal band..I guess they ran out of ideas!!! One word...Load

From: Rattlehead Date: October 12, 2004 at 20:36

From: Scott Date: October 13, 2004 at 10:52
'This album isnt that bad! a sleeker sound, more loose but with the skull splitting sound and delivery only Metallica can deliver.' VERY WELL PUT MOTLEY!

From: ME Date: February 15, 2005 at 4:48
This album does not suck. Yes it is different to what came before. No maybe it's not quite as good. BUT half the people who diss this album never seemed to have listened to it. Listen to Outlaw Torn, Bleeding Me, King Nothing, Aint my Bitch, Hero of the Day and House that Jack built and then diss the album if you still feel obliged to. Those first two i mentioned are as good as almost anything they have ever made

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 18, 2005 at 8:12
This album marks the downfall of argubly,thrash metal finest ever band. Load is not a complete failure except it's just not even half as good as say kil em all or justice for all and the black album too. For a start,this is just a disapoointing straight forward heavy metal and hard rock plus traces of alternative rock,arena rock and heck even country rock. They have even thrown in power ballad for good measure. Bob rock,known fro his work with pop-metal,would be responsible for this!

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 18, 2005 at 8:19
Apart from ain't my bitch,all of the songs here are by far a long miles from early metallica's classic like one,the four horsemen,fade to black,enter sandman etc. However,technically wise,metallica seems to lost none of its edge. hetfied is still the same quality guitar player that he once was(and hammet is still equally good too) and while he isn't the best vocalist around,he still possess a vocal range that bruce dinkinson(iron maiden) or sebastian bach(skid row)would be proud of.

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 18, 2005 at 8:20
Overall,an album that would only appeal to die hard metallica and or even die hard thrash metal fans. Ratings:6/10

From: Metal T Date: April 18, 2005 at 14:27
C'mon..."Hetfield has a vocal range that Bruce Dickinson would be proud of" ????? I think not.Just proves anyone that would post this comment has no clue and has never picked up a mic in their life .I have no problem with Hetfield's vox,it fits the style of his band but he's not even in the same ballpark with: Dio,Dickinson,Halford,Scheepers,Dianno,Marcolin etc..Then again very few are .

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 19, 2005 at 0:29
That's just your opinion. Yeah,hetfield voacl range might not match up to bruce,but his vocal range is still incredible by any standard. But that's just my opinion,you don't have to take it seriously,man!

From: zld Date: April 21, 2005 at 5:40
Metallica is such an overhyped band. It's a stupid, non-talented band.

From: starvin marvin Date: May 15, 2005 at 11:15
what the hells wrong with you people?! rhis albums great, so, its not like what came before, but its still a lot better that half the shit that you will buy out tgere, i mean, korn, slipknot, etc,what a pile of shit!!! Metallica rule!!!!!!

From: Bobby De Date: June 1, 2005 at 6:37
They should of retired after the black albm and came back with a super killer heavy speed power metal albm that killed. With James singing all out dynamic vocal ranges, killer guitars and do a super cool movie about touring! Instead they gave us a load of...and came out with a movie with their lame kids! damm the times have changed...for the worst ever!

From: pie75 Date: September 7, 2010 at 9:42
this is crap only aint my bitch,until it sleeps and hero of the day are worth listening too man they even try and go country on momma said what a bunch of wankers

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 10, 2014 at 22:44
After a five-year recording hiatus that saw the band enjoy their peak of popularity, man, folks didn't know what to make of Load when it came out in the summer of '96. With metal on the decline commercially, people thought only Metallica could bring the music back to prominence. Then we all heard "Until It Sleeps," a laid-back, twangy southern-rock kind of song. HUH? Some radio stations started playing "Ain't My Bitch" at the same time, because at least it sounded more like Metallica, and then the next official single was the mellow "Hero Of The Day." Again, HUH? I find the disc, overall, lacking in energy and trying for an kind of hard boogie-rock sound that was just alien to Metallica, and sounded forced and stiff. Lots of ass-dragging sloooooooow songs, but a few songs rise up to near Black Album quality, mainly "Bitch," "Cure," "Wasting My Hate," the weird blues-rock of "Ronnie," and, especially, "King Nothing."

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2017 at 20:15
As a postscript to my last comment, "King Nothing" might be the best song on the disc, but it's still an obvious attempt to copy "Enter Sandman," being structurally almost identical. Hearing any single from Load or ReLoad gives me a strange, bittersweet, not entirely unpleasant feeling of nostalgia. Not for the music, but for a time, half my life ago, that's been and gone and won't come again. Funny how the worst music of a great band's career coincided with a good time in my own life.

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