Metallica – Metallica (1991)

I’ve put off listening to this for about 15 years as when I was in high school, me and my mates – with our immense new found love for metal – burned this one to death with its constant rotation.

I’ve been trying to imagine what it was like at the time, after the sheer heaviness of …And Justice For All, to be a metal fan eagerly anticipating the release of the next Metallica record, to rush out and buy your cassette / CD / vinyl and get home and find… this. I’m not knocking it, because its still really heavy. But damn, its so poppy, catchy and accessible.

The tracks need no introduction. I tend to avoid flagrant arsey statements these days but if you’ve not heard this one, you might be on the wrong website.