warning/disclaimer: upcoming a.d.d. rant putting aside the thrash vs hard rock metallica debate lets all admit load and reload sound goddamn amazing. growing up listening to the first 5 metallica albums had its impact on me but if it wasn't for hearing songs from load first i would never discover the rest. i personally think load is a great album, forgetting the albums before. on its own island, its a great hard rock album. getting to the production now. LOAD IS AMAZING. those drums. my god. to me its always been the superior sound to the black album. it's like a more beefy, warm, and less brittle and more "together" version of the black album. listening to "ain't my bitch" is a delight. between the heavenly drums on load and reload and the beefy ass guitars its a pleasure to listen to. those two albums along with garage inc have to be my favorite guitar tones. they are sooooo dark and beefy yet so focused and not muddy. we really should discuss the guitar tones on those albums, as well as the drums.