Metallica Will Prevail

You read the title, so you know what I’m on about. But first, a little background. I was into Metallica within a week of “Ride the Lightning” hitting the stores (VINYL, bitch) & bought everything I could of their back catalog from there. I thought they were the greatest thing since sliced bread and they single handedly pulled me out that dark, dim road called ‘Glam Metal’. Not completely true, as my reviews will state otherwise, but you understand what I mean. Metallica got me into Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax – the big four – and forever gave me a taste for heavier, darker music. From there, its all been down hill and I’ve loved every minute of it.

But with each new album that was released, I felt a little disappointed. “Master of Puppets” took me longer to grow accustomed to then “Ride” did, and “And Justice For All” took me almost two months to warm up to. Nowadays those discs are mainstays in my library but to me, they never really captured the feel of songs like “For Whom the Bell Tolls” or “Trapped Under Ice” or “Fade to Black”. Not quite.

When the Black album hit, I didn’t even buy it for almost 6 months. . . I feared where the band was headed. But I eventually came around and now jam out to that one as well. I came around everytime – until “Load”.

After the release of “Load”, I took my entire collection of Metallica paraphernalia – including the original Metal Massacre album, the ‘Jump in the Fire’ shaped picture disc, the Creeping Death import EP, etc. etc. and I sold them all in one big lump for pocket change. I was THAT pissed off. Of course now, when I think of the value of what I sold – that’s what REALLY pisses me off, but I digress.

So ok, you know where I stand with this band. I felt betrayed, I felt they’d sold out. I felt like I’d lost my best friends, and indeed in a way I had. But I still watched them from the shadows . . .waiting. . .hoping. . .remembering. Sometimes shaking my head, sometimes with a tear in my eye. Always watching them.

Flash forward to now. The rumblings have begun about their new album, about how Rick Rubin – producer extraordinaire – is now sitting behind the board. I began to have hope. Rubin has produced Slayer albums since they were just little devils, as well as half the artists you’ve ever heard of. Don’t believe me? Just read this article on Wiki about him.

So you’ve got arguably the most talented producer in the industry pushing you to recover the sound you had with “Master of Puppets”, and you KNOW in your heart of hearts you’re fans feel betrayed. What do you do? Answer: you come out fighting like you did in the old days, in the days where you couldn’t get a club gig because you were “too hard”. You come out and kick ass.

I want to go on record in front of the entire world, right here, right now and say this: I’m not their ‘greatest’ fan – the blogs are full of those people already. But I am a fan – and they’ll be back. This time, they’ll be back.

It’s not JUST that they have Rick Rubin, it’s that they wanted him. They’re looking in his direction because they and he are on the same page now. Doing another ‘St. Anger’ isn’t the point this time. Their goals have changed, they’ve lost something and I think they aim to get it back. Respect.

And if I’m right (and you know I ALWAYS think I am), they have the talent and the willpower and now the perspective to do it. So they’ll prevail.

And I may be buying my first Metallica concert ticket in a very, very long time.

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