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The Open Door
The Open Door
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £21.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How do you follow Fallen...?, 21 Sept. 2006
This review is from: The Open Door (Audio CD)
First off I would like to point out that when I first heard 'Call Me When You're Sober' a little while back I couldn't help but think maybe Evanescence were back. It was amazing. Well worth waiting for. So it was with much eagerness that I began listening to The Open Door.

It begins with 'Sweet Sacrifice'. Dear God YES!!! So good, and followed up by 'Call Me' it's just as good as the opening of Fallen was. And then imho it goes a little bit off track. 'Lithium' and 'Snow White Queen' being great tracks amongst some other average ones. 'Your Star' is another good track but this isn't to say that the other tracks are bad.

The beauty of this album is that it is different to Fallen. Not all the tracks are going to hook you instantly the way Fallen's tracks did. Instead you will be hooked by a few tracks, but after listening to the rest of them a few times, I'm sure you will be hooked on those as well. It's a much deeper experience, and though I don't like the word it seems to be less mainstream stuff. Good or bad you decide. This album is going to grow on me. I know I'm going to love it. But it gets 4 stars because I haven't listened to it enough.


... And Justice For All
... And Justice For All
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New bassist and ONE grammy winning single, but is it good?, 1 Mar. 2004
This review is from: ... And Justice For All (Audio CD)
First thing you notice when you press the play button with "...And Justice For All" in your CD player will be the production. Although it suffers slightly from lower quality of sound then say "The Black Album" after one minute of the introduction song Blackened you forget all about it.
The only consistently poor thing about this album is the rather quiet bass guitar provided by Jason Newstead who replaced the legendary Cliff Burton. But you really shouldn't let that put you off buying a masterpiece such as this. The drawbacks still can't hide Metallica's flawless playing.
Of course this album contains a certain song entitled One. The album is worth buying for that song alone. Detailing a limbless soldier and his growing despair, the song and its video are genuinely disturbing. A certain Kerrang journalist recently admitted that the video still gave him nightmares, although perhaps a slight exaggeration. Listen to this song and the artillery and helicopter sounds that open the song will instantly become synonomous with Metallica. The more you hear this song the more you will grow to love it. It just proves that Metallica are about more then just heavy guitar riffs (although the song does progress and become faster and "thrashier" towards the end and easily their most ambitious song so far.
Other astounding songs include Blackened, which is very merorable and is one guarrenteed to start mosh pits and headbanging. Harvester Of Sorrow details a drunk and drugged up father murdering his children i.e infanticide. Although I make this sound more unpleasent then the subtlety of Hetfield's lyrics actually conveys.
Other notable songs include the title track And Justice For All, Eye Of The Beholder and To Live Is To Die but I think I'll let you listen to their meanings yourself.
Overall this stands out as one of Metallica's best albums let down only by slightly poor production and lack of bass, both of which are more then made up for by the sheer quality of the album.


Metallica
Metallica
Price: £5.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica - The Black Album, 10 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Metallica (Audio CD)
What can be said about Metallica's fabled "black album" that hasn't already been said. Not much. But for those who are just getting into Metallica this is the perfect album with which to do so. Gone are the longer eight minute tracks of previous albums and their sound is much more mainstream. A number of the songs from this album were released into the charts.
This album is widely regarded as being one of Metallica's best, even by hardcore fans who claim that Metallica died when their bassist, the legendary Cliff Burton was tragically killed. Nonetheless Jason Newstead does a remarkable job of filling in for Cliff and the new sound is amazing. While the rest of the band remains unchanged, the sound they produce is radically different. Gone are the likes of heavier songs such as "Master of Puppets", and there are no truly epic songs such as "One".
But don't go thinking that this album is any worse because of this. The opening track "Enter Sandman" is astounding and was the song that originally introduced me to Metallica. One of the best opening songs on any metal album, ever. An absolute classic. "Sad But True" follows up and while cannot quite match the opening track, does very well to compete among the better tracks of Metallica's career. The tracks that follow these follow the same standard with very few slips. In particular "Holier then thou", "Wherever I may roam" and "The unforgiven" are other notable tracks.
In short, if you want to get into Metallica but are not sure whether you will like the heavier stuff, buy this album. If you like ANY other Metallica album, buy this one. It won't do you wrong.


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