Hi fellow Metalhead. Chances are good that you already own this CD and its predecessor so you are likely reading to compare opinions or maybe just for a little entertainment. Either way is cool with me. You gotta read my "Load" review first so you can see my general thoughts about the late 90's METALLICA. You can't review one of the CDs without doing the other so here she goes.
So upon contemplating my review direction and my feelings, I decide to look up the official definition of "load" in an online dictionary and I find there are a number of definitions. I picked the best one that applies here: "The amount of material that can be inserted into a device or machine at one time". Ok, the songs are the material and the device is the CD…cool. Nowhere does it mention in the definition the QUALITY of the material required to make up a load. I then decided the title is accurate and I have found a way to like a title I had never liked before. I remember from school that "re" means again and I am quite ok that METALLICA managed to see this as "loading" again.
For some reason, I can't seem to shake the word "crap" from my brain right now…hmmm. Maybe if I used the word in a sentence I could move on with my review. "Load was chock full of crap!" It's working…one more should do it. "Hey James, we have a lot of crap left over from the Load sessions…we should quickly release this crap on CD and call it Reload". Who knew it would feel this good to get this review off my chest? Everyone should try this. Let's get on with the songs.
So who the fuck is Marianne Faithfull and why the fuck is she on a METALLICA CD? My god, does she always sound like a Siamese cat in heat or did METALLICA have her altered specifically for "The Memory Remains" track. I just had to get that out of my system…whew finally. You know, I despise this CD a little more every time I hear her moaning away. I'm all for guest appearances and trying new things but wow, what the hell kind of crack were James, Lars and the boys doing back then. They actually ruined an ok tune and believe me it is thin enough here as it is.
"The Unforgiven II"…what he hell is that. I never forgave you for the first one. Talk about riding the commercial success of that first lame ballad.
So on and on the tracks go and I don't give a shit what METALLICA says. "Load" was a bad idea gone worse but this is clear cut filler throughout. I don't mind a few tracks but they are far from memorable. I like "Devil's Dance", "Prince Charming" and "Attitude" but that about says it. You ever think they will apologize for boldly going where we thought they'd never…don't count on it. In the end, Dave Mustaine proved to be the bigger man when it came to owning up to the shit…cheers Dave for that! METALLICA's shit don't stink and never will…just ask them.
So I made some calls and did the research. Seems Bob Metal, Bob Heavy and Bob Thrash never even got a call about handling the production on this work. Everything was done by Bob Rock...Go figure.
Oh, I also like the opener "Fuel"…"Gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme that which I desire". Well Jimmy H, I will tell you what I desired…I desired a great fuckin' METALLICA album back in 1997 and I did not get it. Do you care? Will you ever care? I think not but I hope so. You first showed me how to sell out in the 80's when you said there would be no METALLICA videos. Well there was a time when I told people METALLICA ruled and would always rule. You called it growing and maturing. I too grew up and matured and guess what? You don't rule anymore. I wish you did but you don't! (Online May 22, 2003)