Album : Metallica - Load (1996)

Metallica - "Load"
- Released: 1996
- Produced by: Bob Rock w/ Hetfield & Ulrich
Album : Metallica - Load (1996)
Album : Metallica - Load (1996)

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Studio album by Metallica
Released June 4, 1996
Recorded May 1995 – February 1996 at The Plant Studios, in Sausalito, California
Genre Hard Rock
Length 78:59
Label Elektra
Producer Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich

Load is the sixth album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released in June 1996.

The album marked the band's return to the musical landscape, approximately five years after the release of their international smash success Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album). Load saw the band embrace a collective sound and identity far removed from their thrash metal roots. As with previous releases, the fourteen songs that would eventually comprise the album began as rough demos created by principal songwriters James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in Ulrich's basement recording studio, "The Dungeon." The band took over 30 demos into The Plant Studios in the spring of 1995 where they would work for approximately the next year. Once again, Metallica teamed up with famed producer Bob Rock, who had been at the helm during the recording process for Metallica.

The songwriting dispenses almost entirely with the thrash metal style that characterized the band's sound in the 1980s. In place of staccato riffs, Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammet experimented with more blues based tones and styles. Additionally, Ulrich adopted a minimalist approach to his drum recording, abandoning the speed and complex double bass patterns of previous albums. Hetfield displayed a lyrical evolution as well, writing what many feel to be his most personal and introspective lyrics. "Until it Sleeps", the album's lead single, addressed his father's losing battle with cancer, while "Mama Said" explored his relationship with his mother. All of this marked a departure from the political and social overtones of albums like ...And Justice for All and Master of Puppets.

The album also marked the first appearance of a new Metallica logo, rounding off the stabbing edges of the first and last letters of the band's earlier 1980s logo. The M from the original logo was used to make a shaken-like symbol which was used as an alternate logo on this and future albums as well as other related artwork. The album featured an expansive booklet which contained many photos of the band. The booklet only contained select lyrics from each song in contrast to Metallica's previous studio albums which included complete song lyrics. Additionally, the interior artwork revolved around images of inkblots, a theme which would carry over to ReLoad and the covers for the singles released from the two albums.

The cover of the album is original artwork entitled "Semen and Blood III". It is one of three photographic studies by Andres Serrano created in 1990 by mingling the artist's own semen and bovine blood between two sheets of Plexiglas.

This was the only Metallica studio album where the bass player did not share a writing credit, as well as the longest studio album, clocking in at 78:59. (If it had run any longer, it wouldn't have played without potentially skipping.)

Track listing

All songs written by James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich except where noted.

1. "Ain't My Bitch" (Hetfield, Ulrich) – 5:04
2. "2 X 4" – 5:28
3. "The House Jack Built" – 6:39
4. "Until It Sleeps" (Hetfield, Ulrich) – 4:30
5. "King Nothing" – 5:28
6. "Hero of the Day" – 4:22
7. "Bleeding Me" – 8:18
8. "Cure" – 4:54
9. "Poor Twisted Me" (Hetfield, Ulrich) – 4:00
10. "Wasting My Hate" – 3:57
11. "Mama Said" (Hetfield, Ulrich) – 5:20
12. "Thorn Within" – 5:52
13. "Ronnie" (Hetfield, Ulrich) – 5:17
14. "The Outlaw Torn" (Hetfield, Ulrich) – 9:49


* James Hetfield – guitar, vocals
* Lars Ulrich – drums
* Kirk Hammett – guitar
* Jason Newsted – bass


* Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich – producers
* Brian Dobbs, Randy Staub – engineers
* Brian Dobbs, Jason Goldstein, Kent Matcke – assistant engineers
* Mike Rew, Randy Staub – mixing
* Curry – mixing assistant
* George Marino – mastering
* Paul DeCarli – digital editing
* Mike Gillies, Chris Vrenna – digital editing assistants
* Chris Vrenna – programming
* Andie Airfix – design
* Andres Serrano – cover design
* Anton Corbijn – photography