This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.

Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Be honest...Did you buy 'Load'?

Discussion in 'Old School Metal Discussion' started by Firehead, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. Firehead

    Firehead CrusaderOfTheDowntrodden

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2004
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    The darkest part of your soul.
    So I was looking at the discography page of Metallica checking to see how many albums that they've sold and the chart positions of their releases. I saw that after the success of the black album, combined with the long wait afterwards of almost five years that 'Load' charted at #1 in ten countries in the world. The U.S. of course, along with all the major Euro countries and such. That obviously meant that there were large surges of people jumping all over that thing when it came out.

    I was almost 21 when it came out and I had two friends that were around the same age as I was. We were all metalheads of similar, though not exact tastes. My friend Nick and I thought Metallica sold out on the black album (still do), where our other friend Bob thought they could do no wrong and bought all their stuff. Nick and I were more into the underground Metal listening and didn't feel the need to risk a wasted purchase on Metallica's new 'Creative Adventure':D...where Bob went and blind-bought 'Load' the opening week, becoming one of the contributors of the #1 chart position. I remember us going on a long drive and Bob saying he had only heard the radio single at the time (Until It Sleeps) without cracking open the cassette yet. Real anxious fan, huh?:confused:

    We told Bob to throw it in the cassette player and we'd all listen to it firsthand.

    Let's just say that Nick and I were happy in not purchasing...and Bob was not so happy.:Spin:

    So I wanted to know, did you purchase 'Load', were you happy or not, and what do you think of now and then, stylistically?
     
  2. kuier

    kuier Glam Overlorde of Spandex

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Messages:
    525
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Africa's Crotch
    My opinion of Metallica started dwindling with AJFA and was confirmed with the Black album. So, I legally only own their first three albums + Garage Days.
     
  3. wdiv

    wdiv Rattlehead

    Joined:
    May 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,403
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    US
    Sure I bought Load on the day it was released.
    It's not a terrible album... just need to accept the fact that Metallica was now a hard rock band and not a thrash metal band anymore. It's kind of a progression of how their sound was changing on the black album.
     
  4. Wyvern

    Wyvern Master of Disaster
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2002
    Messages:
    13,887
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Curridabat, Costa Rica
    I stopped at AJFA. Didn't even bothered with the self titled one, much less with he subsequent crap, although I did got the covers album.
     
  5. TENTH DREAMER DECEIVER

    TENTH DREAMER DECEIVER Halcyon Way Sufferer

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2002
    Messages:
    3,860
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Yep. First day buyer.
     
  6. poundingmetal74

    poundingmetal74 Demons Will Fly

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2004
    Messages:
    3,482
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Canada, eh
    I was too young to buy Load when it first came out, but I bought a copy around the time Garage Inc came out, around which time I was quite enamored with Metallica.
     
  7. mdmatt4ever

    mdmatt4ever Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    2,647
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38
    i did. also RELOAD. after that they totally lost me other than the covers album
     
  8. Platinum Maze

    Platinum Maze Random Star

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2003
    Messages:
    1,211
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Oakland, NJ
    Although I don't think I've ever consciously played my Re-Load cd, I bought both that and Load on the first day of release. Load is a pretty good album. Doesn't deserve all the criticism it gets...
     
  9. The Butt

    The Butt Unholy gas, flares from my ass

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Messages:
    10,800
    Likes Received:
    922
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    The Neutral Zone
    St. Anger is better than Load tbh.
     
  10. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Melted by feels

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Messages:
    34,086
    Likes Received:
    3,788
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    In My Kingdom Cold
    First Metallica album I bought
     
  11. Firehead

    Firehead CrusaderOfTheDowntrodden

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2004
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    The darkest part of your soul.
    Aside from maybe two posts, a little more detail on ones opinion would be appreciated. Just that fact that you bought it doesn't exactly shed a whole light on what your thought of it is. The fact that it's been purchased is not really that illuminating, considering it's sold over 11 million copies.
     
  12. Bryant

    Bryant Mr. Sleepy

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,309
    Likes Received:
    45
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Sweet home Alabama
    I did not buy it. I did buy the S/T and was so disappointed (style wise, not so much in song writing quality) that I made sure not to make the mistake again.

    Bryant
     
  13. HadesRagnazrath

    HadesRagnazrath Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,897
    Likes Received:
    360
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    VA
    I bout King Nothing on itunes. It is a great song.
    I've heard some of the other songs from Load, but they weren't as good.
    I am thinking about buying it, though.
     
  14. wdiv

    wdiv Rattlehead

    Joined:
    May 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,403
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    US
    Considering that the cd goes for $0.99 on ebay, we're not talking big financial commitment here...

    If Load/Reload were given the "blind taste test" without the Metallica brand on it, I think they would be respected as a pair of very solid hard rock albums with a 70's throwback vibe.
     
  15. mdmatt4ever

    mdmatt4ever Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    2,647
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38


    pretty much my thoughts. good rock albums
     
  16. CiG

    CiG Harbinger of Metal

    Joined:
    May 22, 2015
    Messages:
    38,802
    Likes Received:
    19,624
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    W.A.
    The reverse if you ask me, without the Metallica brand they would be just another bunch of generic Metal Rock albums, lost to the 90's because Metallica fanwagoners wouldn't be desperately trying to justify their existence.
     
    The Butt likes this.
  17. The Butt

    The Butt Unholy gas, flares from my ass

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Messages:
    10,800
    Likes Received:
    922
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    The Neutral Zone
    ^ Exactly. They're only popular because they have the Metallica name on them imo.
     
    CiG likes this.
  18. Pitiless Wanderer

    Pitiless Wanderer Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2002
    Messages:
    7,783
    Likes Received:
    211
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Horrible, atrocious album.
     
    CiG and The Butt like this.
  19. KMADD

    KMADD The Ancient Metalhead

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Messages:
    2,744
    Likes Received:
    81
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Indianapolis In USA
    Nope that band died in 1990
     
    Hawk likes this.
  20. Belac

    Belac Flesh To Steel

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Messages:
    6,040
    Likes Received:
    146
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Windsor, Canada
    This debate has always been weird to me because I only like maybe 3 songs before the Black album, and I like almost everything on Black and several songs from Load and Reload. I don't listen to much Hard Rock but they seem like they would still be on a metal-leaning side of that genre.

    I am the minority though and usually when I tell people I don't really like pre-Black Metallica people lose their minds. :lol:.

    I don't like anything after Reload either though so I am sort of redeemed on that end.
     

Share This Page