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'...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? 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?