Bob Rock compromised their sound and definitely took that devil may care edge right out of their music.
For this third installment of Desert Island Duh Month, we take a look at an album, that for some was the beginning of the end for Metallica‘s thrash metal ways; for others, it was a step in the right direction. I tend to lean toward former. I was not a big fan of Metallica’s “Black Album” because I feel that contributing factors like producer Bob Rock compromised their sound and definitely took that devil may care edge right out of their music. I’m not saying anything that nobody wasn’t already thinking anyway, but you know, there are those whose heart still skips a beat every time “Enter Sandman” comes on the radio. I am not one of those people.
“the Black Album” sounds a lot like the pussification of Metallica taking place, track by sorry track.
Not to say that “the Black Album” didn’t have some really good tracks on it, but if you’ve gotten used to the raw energy of the band’s previous albums, then “the Black Album” sounds a lot like the pussification of Metallica taking place, track by sorry track. “Why”, you might be asking yourselves, “if this guy hates this album so much, why is he bothering to include it in his Desert Island something or other?” Simple. Although I feel this album is a complete waste of time when it gets pinned alongside the albums preceding “the Black Album“, there are people out there who genuinely love the album and would certainly throw it on their Desert Island list, and just for the sake of getting it out of the way, here it is.
…Metallica… attempted to fix what wasn’t broken in the first place, and ultimately wound up severely damaging beyond repair what was in pristine condition…
People like to defend the album by saying that by 1991, Metallica was maturing and didn’t want to do the same old, same old. Okay. Well, you know what I say, right? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The problem is, with Metallica, they attempted to fix what wasn’t broken in the first place, and ultimately wound up severely damaging beyond repair what was in pristine condition before Bob Rock and Metallica fucked around with it. The Metallica formula was perfect up until 1991 and I don’t know, did they stop caring? In 1991 was it already about the money and was I too young and too blind to see it? Questions. I’m left with so many questions and as the years have progressed, the questions kept piling up. It wasn’t until 2008, 17 years after “the Black Album” was released and they finally replaced Bob Rock with Rick Rubin, that they got a little bit of that old spark back, but by that point it was a little too late me thinks.
I do really miss Metallica and I just wished they missed their former selves as well…
Wow. Not the Desert Island Thursday you were expecting huh? Well, I never want to lie to you my fellow kilSters. I can only be honest with every article that gets published on kilScene.com, and this album is only being covered because it was/is a popular stand out for a band that, in my opinion, lost their way and have been trying to get it back every day since they went to over to the Dark Side. Even in saying all that I have about this band, here and in previous Metallica pieces, I do really miss Metallica and I just wished they missed their former selves as well, but they’re quickly following the trend of novelty act, regardless of all the sold out tours. Hey, Blue Oyster Cult could still pack the house too but that doesn’t mean they’re not a novelty act as well. You Metallica fans reading this might want to counter everything I’ve said, (and I invite you to do so in the comment box below), but currently in theaters, Metallica’s Through The Never is playing, and in case you’ve been living under several rocks, the film is a movie/documentary. The band plays the entire Master Of Puppets album live, somewhere in there is a storyline about a Metallica roadie on a desperate mission to pick something up for the prima donnas–er– I mean Metallica, Metallica fans leave the theater with having experienced Metallica for the low, low price of an IMAX theatre ticket. Their last album was released five years ago, how is this not a novelty act? Rehashing your past glories on film and having your fans shell out the money for it? Novelty act. Too bad their concerts still go for $150-$300 a pop. Shouldn’t the ticket prices be a little more reasonable for a novelty act like Metallica? $15-$40 perhaps? … Oh, alright, I’ll say something nice about “the Black Album” before I go… I like the album cover and I like the song “My Friend Misery”. Happy now?
Anyway, I’ve bantered on enough for this week’s Desert Island Thursday. Next Thursday is the final installment of Desert Island “Duh” Month and just to give you a very prominent hint as to the final “Duh” album, think pompoms. Think sweaty kids packed in a high school gymnasium. Think Teen Spirit.