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and justice for all....
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 19/07/2011 12:01:19
In my opinion there are 4 great songs on this 1988 Metallica album. There's 1.Blackened, 4.One, 6.Harvester of Sorrow, 9.Dyers Eve. The other songs on the album are quite average I guess they make no real sense.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/04/2011 10:31:39
I first went to see Metallica live when this album had just come out and by god they take the lid off the place with songs from this classic. Every song is just incredible, Harvester Of Sorrow and Frayed End Of Sanity two of my favs, but essentially all tracks are pure class, they dared to tread where others would not when Cliff Burton ceased to be, metal pioneers and in Lars Ulrich one of the greatest drummers of all time
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One of their last great moments
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 02/03/2011 11:39:51
Never afraid to explore different styles, Metallica go experimental once or twice on here, dabbling in a few different genres and definitely pushing the boundaries with running times, for a band who started playing songs at an average of about four minutes and some of these tracks clocking in over the 10minute mark, they've definitely come a long way. But the music is worth the time and patience.
More raw than Master of Puppets and with a new bass player in Jason Newsted filling the shoes of sorely missed bassist Cliff Burton, this album has a new style but somehow keeps in with the style they are renowned for. It kicks off with thrashy and unashamedly heavy Blackened with its almost blast-beat drums and amazing riff. The title track I don't rate much but the single it is famous for, One, even after the constant airplay on metal music channels is still amazing, especially the last two and a half minutes.
Lesser known moments of brilliance are the simple and unashamedly heavy Harvester of Sorrow and Dyer's Eve, also the superb as good as instrumental To Live Is To Die. Definitely needs a place in Metallica fans' collections, one of their last great moments.
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There's more to life than thrash Metal
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 30/06/2010 23:48:16
What do you do when the world's biggest thrash metal band stops recording thrash metal? Move on? Cry? Or sit back and enjoy?! In 1988 Metallica fans did all three. Many turned their attentions to the unmolested, brutal sounds of Slayer, Anthrax or Testament. Many would have continued to mourne the death of Metallica's deceased Bass Player, Cliff Burton. The rest accepted Metallica Mk II with open arms and some even dared to hail '...and Justice for All' the band's greatest album to date.
The superfast thrash of the previous three albums was replaced by very precise and intricate guitar riffs. While James Hetfield's angry lyrics about abuses of power and control remained, the songs became tighter, longer and more mature. Speed and power gave way to complex structures and progressive rhythms. Hetfield's vocals became deeper and scarier and Hammett's solos, while losing some of their fire and fury, became crisper and more clinical. Truly this was an ex-thrash band looking to widen its horizons and audience.
Although the album is often criticized for its production (the drums sound hollow at times and new-boy Jason Newstead's bass is barely audable) the band make up for it with brilliant song writing and unmistakable gusto. Even the radio-friendly 'One', which earnt the band their first hit-single, ends with a speedy break-down that even the most judgemental Demin-jacket wearing headbanger would struggle to dismiss.
It has something for everyone. Heavy as hell (Harevester of Sorrow), pace (Dyers Eve), prog-metal (...and justice for all), a trail-blazing opener (Blackened) and an instrumental that pays homage to the late Cliff Burton (To Live is to Die) where the former bassist's lyrics are read out underneath the music. If the band were attempting to reach the mainstream then they were doing it by bringing the mainstream to them first. Universal audiences would have to wait till 1991's self titled "Black Album". However, if you only listen to one track on 'Justice', then put on track seven, "Frayed ends of Sanity." It's masterpeice by two great guitarists and is absolutely perfect. A lot goes on on those fret-boards but every note is welded with precision and unweilding confidence.
Often over-shadowed by "Master of Puppets" as Metallica's greatest album, I believe "...Justice" is even better than that. It's the greatest metal album ever!
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Best album ever?
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 11/06/2010 21:19:13
This is one of the best albums I've ever had the pleasure of listening to! Every song, and I mean EVERY song on here is simply amazing. From Blackened to Dyer's Eve, Eye of the Beholder to The Shortest Straw. Every song is a pleasure to listen to. Seriously, this is one of the best albums ever by THE best band ever!
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A masterpiece with seriously stunted production.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 15/01/2010 23:04:58
When Cliff Burton died, Metallica let their most primal instincts out on an album that sports some of their best writing they ever did. Lyrics that get into the core of James Hetfield. But there are problems, no bass. They seemed to take out their anger on Jason. Who knows why they muted his bass, but it makes the songs sound... Empty. There are plenty of GH remasters of some of the songs, which include the bass, the songs sound so much better with bass... So James had a grudge against Jason or something.
The guitars sound a bit dry, they have a flanger effect added to them which sounds cool, but it seems dry, without much bassiness added. The drums sound a bit underwhelming and tinny at times, but that is if you listen real hard.
Remember how St. Anger was supposed to tap into Hetfields mind? What a load of bull. Justice did that perfectly, they reached a peak that they will never top. The lyrics achive the mind tap thing without feeling like a whiney 'poor me' album. And Justice For All deals with the injustice of the bus driver that 'killed' Cliff. Dyers Eve talks about the Hetfield's childhood and so on. Blackened breaks this up with a fantasy end of the world kind of theme that rocks.
The album has alot of great riffs, not to mention Lars pushing himself past his limit in Dyers Eve... The overpowering broken formality of the title track, the incoming danger theme of Blackeneds riffs, the marching band esque intro of Eye of The Beholder, the song that got them to the mainstream, One, is chilling. In fact, the whole album sent chills down my spine. If it wasn't for the gimped production, this would get a 5 star from me. Ingenius stuff.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/08/2009 18:11:13
If you've heard Harvester of Sorrow or One live then you'll know what to expect. Not as fast or thrashy as their previous albums but just as heavy. Some people have likened this to their new album, I can see the similarities but this is better than their new one imo, better lyrics, better riffs and that. it has got a lot of instrumentals if you like that sort of stuff and the lyrics are pretty good. Good for die hard fans, an accomplished album.
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one of best performances
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 07/07/2009 21:43:07
this album is great the performance is brilliant ...and justice for all over 9 minutes long fantastic performance but my favourite metallica song one what a song very intelligent the music videos very depresing but great performance and dyers eve very fast and quality this album is very recomended great album.
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Metallica's Actual Greatest Album
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 07/12/2008 18:40:51
Many people say Puppets is their best album ...because everyone says it. But most the die hard metal heads I talk to agree with me or conceed that this really is their greatest album ever.
Many people complain about the mixing and lack of bass.
Thats because its an old album s what do you expect? And also Newsteads bass was turned down in terms of volume on the final mix, as par of the ongoing conflict between them.
Possibly the most groundbeaking metal album of all time.
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...And Music For All
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 25/11/2008 16:05:56
My five word Metallica Review Series: ...And Justice For All
Classic Metal. A Must Have.
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