Ahh, my favorite song from …And Justice for All…

….right now, at the Boneyard, Sirius Ch. 19: “I give, you take, this life that I forsake…been cheated of my youth, you turned this lie to truth…”

I discovered Metallica via the self-titled black album as I’ve said before, but even so I thought Justice was the last of the truly great Metallica records — at least perhaps until Death Magnetic. There are those who defend what came after by saying that James and the guys had explored that sound as far as they could and that it was time to go in a different direction, but I don’t know if I buy that. Other thrash metal bands had explored it for about the same length of time as Metallica had, and they blasted on down that road even as Metallica took that detour. Maybe it all came down to inspiration; maybe Cliff Burton’s death really did affect them that much. At any rate, as I’ve also said before, I am glad they went back in that direction.


One Response to “Ahh, my favorite song from …And Justice for All…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Albatross (
    I agree with you that “…And Justice For All” was perhaps Metallica’s last GREAT album, though the others since have been good (and I really do like the black album). And I say this having discovered them when their first album, “Kill Them All,” came out. That was a great album, especially since it was my first real introduction to thrash metal.

    Man, I wore that tape out.
    February 19, 2010, 8:12:54 PM CST – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    thepistolero (

    Damn, Albatross, from your comments I must say you have fine taste. Almost as good as Sabra’s.

    I really like the black album as well, actually; it’s one of the greatest straight-ahead rock albums ever, right up there with AC/DC’s Back In Black and Guns’n’Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. I just liked the older stuff better. Didn’t care for the Load records AT ALL, but I didn’t think St. Anger was as bad as a lot of people thought it was. As I’ve said before, that was good concept that was badly executed. KEA is the only old Metallica cd I don’t have yet, but I’ve heard all but maybe two songs from it and really liked them. Ride the Lightning was my intro to thrash metal and I thought it was great. (In fact, “Creeping Death” is my favorite Metallica song.) Master of Puppets was even better, arguably the band’s magnum opus. Metallica was the only thrash metal I was really familiar with till I got Sirius and was introduced to bands like Megadeth, Anthrax and Testament, all of whom I’ve really gotten to like.

    February 20, 2010, 12:32:53 AM CST – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Albatross (
    Of course, Master of Puppets was great, too. I saw Metallica in concert when they were touring for that album, and it was a fine show. They opened for Ozzy at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

    Need I say it was loud?

    As for AC/DC, I agree that Back in Black is a classic, but I grew up on — and tend to like more — the Bon Scott stuff. High Voltage, Let There Be Rock, and Powerage were very important albums for me in my formative years. Having said that, I did get Black Ice, and I have to say it’s not bad. It’s not one of the band’s great albums, but it’s a good listen.
    February 21, 2010, 12:24:44 AM CST – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    thepistolero (
    I tend to lean towards the Brian Johnson records, though I do like most of the Bon Scott-era AC/DC. If I had grown up on the earlier stuff I might well prefer it, too; as it is I was only two years old when Bon Scott died. I haven’t heard any of the albums in their entirety (save for Back In Black), as I’ve only lately been getting into that old rock, but I’m sure more of that early stuff will find its way into my collection eventually.

    I would love to have been old enough to see Metallica before Cliff died and James blew out his voice. I’ve seen clips here and there and they were amazing.
    February 22, 2010, 2:36:13 PM CST

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