What if Metallica’s Load & Reload Were One Album (Part I): Why Do We Care?

Covers for Load (1996) and Reload (1997) (credit: Andres Serrano/Blackened Records)
Metallica as kings of the underground thrash movement in 1984 (unknown fan pic, creative commons)

The History of Load and Reload

Metallica at the peak of their Black Album ‘kings of metal’ popularity, playing in front of an estimated 500,000 fans in Moscow (credit: Dublin, A. 1992 via Kerrang)
The “new” Metallica of 1996 from the inside booklet of Load (Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records)
Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records
Inside art for Reload (Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records)

Why Is This A Common Discussion Among Metallica Fans?

Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records

Filller?

Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records
Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records

When is a Record Done?

Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records
Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records

“It Felt Right At the Time”

Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records

The “Perfect Album” as Alternate History and Self-Defense

Credits: Anton Corbijn/EM Ventures/Blackened Records

Why Do We Care?

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Space Agency Worker, Geography PhD, Part-Time Professor, and Author. Writing about Movies, Music, Comics, & Hockey.

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