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Metallica

(Los Angeles, California/ San Francisco, California)

Metallica

August 12, 1991

Elektra Records

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KICK*ASS*METAL SCORE AS A HARD ROCK / HEAVY METAL album and not a HEAVY METAL album.

100 out of 1oo Burning Flying V’s

PERFECT – HARD ROCK / HEAVY METAL …aka Stadium Metal …aka HAIR METAL

 

The extreme metal movement and the Glam Metal / Shock Metal / Hair Metal Movement stared around the same-time, with Venom “Welcome To Hell” December 1981, and Mötley Crüe’s “Too Fast For Love” Which was unleashed on Planet Metal on December 15th, 1981. The Elektra Records Version was reissued on, August 20th, 1982. A full year before the Thrash Metal age, was unshered in by Metallica’s “Kill ‘ em  All” with the first 1500 copies being pressed on July 27, 1983. The second Megaforce / Important pressing happened a week later in August 1983.

 

I mostly listen Extreme Metal through out the year but in July / August of every year, I enjoy fun in the sun, barbeques, and plenty of hanging out on the deck blasting KICK*ASS and BAD*ASS heavy metal / hard rock bands.

Mötley Crüe was pretty much one of the first bands to mix punk / heavy metal. In the book “Sounds of The Beast” Mötley Crüe are described as a cross between The Plamatics, Iron Maiden, KISS, Van Halen and Alice Cooper.

Europe had Motorhead and Venom, mixing punk rock and Stateside there was first Mötley Crüe to mix punk rock with heavy metal and later Metallica.

I have always thought about Metallica “Metallica” as kind of a savoir for the Glam Metal / Shock Metal style of heavy metal that the band fought so hard against from 1982 – 1986. I consider “…..And Justice For All” as very important album to the Groove Metal style. It is released the same year as Pantera “Power Metal”

The thrash metal age was from December 1981 to August 1991. There were key factors of the death metal age, becoming a lot of TRUE METAL fans Genre or sub-genre of Choice. We rooted in authenticity, and concentrating of not letting commerce affect the artistry of the art.  The first Key Factor to usher in the death metal age was Deicide “Decide” which was unleashed on Planet Metal on June 199o, and the debut of the most important heavy metal publication of the death metal age, and perhaps the greatest TRUE METAL publication of all-time. THE GODLY SOUNDS OF DEATH, which debuted in the 1991.

The Slowdown Sindrome which killed of the first generation of thrash metal, was where all the original thrash metal bands  were slowing down, because it was uncool to play fast all the time, and started playing a kind of thrash aimed for traditional heavy metal and traditional hard rock fans, and really most of the 1980’s heavy metal and thrash metal bands could not cut it in the 1990’s. With only Motorhead, Razor, Slayer and Sepultura being the only bands who played fast enough for the original fans of NWOBHM/Power Metal/ Thrash Metal fans such as myself, I have been a heavy metal fan since 1978.

The original Heavy Metal / Power Metal / Thrash Metal fan had slowed down so much by the time Pantera “Cowboy From Hell” was unleashed on PLANET METAL, almost every 1980’s true metal bands was washed, washed-up or washed-out from the 1st three waves of Heavy/ Speed/ Power / Thrash Metal.

Pantera actually were saviors and METAL GODS of Heavy Metal through out the 1990’s. First with May 1988’s Pantera “Power Metal” and July 13th, 1990’s Pantera “Cowboys From Hell”.

I do often wonder if Metallica saw the chance to find a middle ground musically (guitar tones not musicianship) between between  Mötley Crüe “Too Fast For Love” and Pantera’s “Power Metal”, and if they noticed the innovative sound of Pantera’s “Cowboy from Hell”.

 

For the Black Album is it a fun hair metal (hard rock/ heavy metal) / stadium area rock album for me, Metallica always had a affinity for Aerosmith, which is a very important part of hair metal history in terms of musicianship, and I believe Metallica “Metallica” is a perfect album to fit in between spins of The Vintage-era of Aerosmith, the debut album of Ratt “Ratt” on Time Coast Records, and Guns ‘N Roses “Appetite for Destruction” Skidrow’s “Slave to the Grind”, and especially between spins of Mötley Crüe “Too Fast for Love” and  Mötley Crüe “Shout At The Devil”

Originally, Metallica “Metallica” was a album which I could only take in small doses, so I would only play just one side of a album or cassette at a time. And never play the other side of the album or cassette. Until the next day.

But sonically with Metallica “Metallica” I would love to see tons of Hair Metal and Glam Metal musicians take notice of the superior Sonics of the guitar tone.  Because Pantera “Power Metal” May 1988 and Metallica “Metallica” Get everything right were Venom “Calm Before The Storm” 1987 and Exciter “Exciter” from 1988. Got the hard rock meets heavy metal style, lacking the KICK*ASS*METAL and BAD*ASS*METAL vibe of the Pantera “Power Metal” and Metallica “Metallica” albums.

No Life ‘Til Leathür

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(…Metallica’s “No Life ‘Til Leather is one of my favorite recording of all-time because James Hetfield sounds a lot like Sean Harris Diamond Head fame meets Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe  fame….editor….)

 

NO LIFE ‘TIL LEATHUR …..TOP 100 HARD ROCK / HEAVY METAL albums of all-time….this list is incomplete and  imperfect but if you live on the West Coast, or just love to have fun in the sun, here are the best of the best albums, for those July and August barbeques, volley ball game, and fun in the sun.

Aerosmith “Greatest Hits” Ocotober 1980

Adrenaline Rush “Adrenaline Rush”

Alice Cooper “Trash”

Black ‘n Blue “Black ‘n Blue”

Bon Jovi “Bon Jovi”

Cinderella “Night Songs”

Def Leppard “Pyromania”

Dokken “Breaking The Chains”

Dokken “Tooth And Nail”

Edge of Paradise “Mask”

Edge of Paradise “Immortal Waltz”

Europe “The Final Countdown”

Great White “Great White”

Hanoi Rocks “Two Steps From The Move”

Halestorm “Halestorm”

Halestorm “The Strange Case of….”

Halestom “Into The Wild Life”

Icon “Icon”

Kiss “Lick It Up”

Kick Axe “Vices”

Led Zepplin “RemasterS Box CD” 2 CD from Austrila.

Lita Ford “Lita Ford”

Megadeth “Countdown For Destruction”

Metallica “Metallica”

Mötley Crüe  “Too Fast For Love”

Mötley Crüe ” Shout At the Devil”

Nitro “O.F.R”

Ozzy Osbourne “Blizzard Of Ozz”

Ozzy Osbourne “Diary of A Madman”

Ozzy Osbourne “Bark At The Moon”

Ozzy Osbourne”The Ultimate Sin”

Pantera “Power Metal”

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Poison “Looked What The Cat Dragged In”

Ratt “Ratt”

Ratt “Out of The Cellar”

Runaways “Runaways”

Resistance “Resistance”

Queensrÿche “Rage for Order”

Queensrÿche “Operation Mindcrime”

Quiet Riot “Metal Health”

Scorpions “Blackout”

Scorpions “Love At First Sting”

Skid Row “Skid Row”

Skid Row “Slave To The Grind”

Twisted Sister “Stay Hungry”

Van Halen “Van Halen”

Warrant “Cherry Pie”

WASP “Wasp”

Whitesnake “Slide It In”

Zebra “Zebra”

 

(…I will add to this list later after digging through the Metal Maidens webZine…..)

 

I would love to see the Metallica “Metallica” album get repressed with artwork like below. Because It is a album I love to reach for when I go on my early Hair Metal binges during July and August of every year. During The Summer Months. And I really would love to see it easier to spot in my CD collection between Ratt “Ratt” Pantera “Power Metal” and Mötley Crüe “To Fast For Love”. Is this album a favorite albums as a TRUE HEAVY METAL fan, no as a fan of American Hard Rock / Heavy Metal

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