Plissken Posted September 4, 2020 Share Posted September 4, 2020 Metallica had taken it as far they could go with "...And Justice" if they wanted to be stuck in that niche. But they didn't, they wanted to be the biggest metal band in the world so they set their sights on that. I just checked on Wikipedia and did over 300 gigs supporting the album - 174 shows in 15 months, immediately after release. And the key thing is - no other metal band of their "level" were willing to make that kind of commitment. I don't ever begrudge them their success, because they bloody worked hard for it. Kind of funny to read back on this thread because I saw them in 2010 in Belfast and it really felt like a band that was phoning it in and had absolutely no idea what to do any more. Whatever they did couldn't match the early 1990s and whenever they tried new stuff, it just backfired - sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly. For instance, I think "Load" is a great album. Whether it is a great Metallica album is an exercise for the reader. They were becoming a punchline because they were trying too hard. Funnily enough, I took a chance on them at Manchester Arena in 2018 (?) as part of the "Hardwired..." tour and I thought they were back to being brilliant, because they seemed relaxed and content with who they were and what they had achieved. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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