...And Justice For All was the fourth album by Metallica, originally released in 1988. Although, with hindsight, Master Of Puppets is regarded as a classic, ...And Justice For All served as their breakthrough album with songs such as One becoming headbanging favourites. It was the first album to feature bassist Jason Newsted following the tragic death of Cliff Burton two years earlier. This 180g reissue will help relive those bottle-of-dog-in-a-rock-club days in the comfort of your own home. Includes lyric sheet and download code.
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7/10 gbar Customer review, 20th January 2018
While 'Master of Puppets' is regarded by many fans as their favourite Metallica album, '...And Justice For All' seems to be that album that will forever remain in the former's shadow. This is because the album suffers from what many believe to be poor production. Many were aggrieved by the clicky, dry drums and the low-levelled (to the point of it being barely audible) bass of newcomer Jason Newsted. The lack of bass removed the energy from the low end, and the lack of ambience on the drums resulted in an almost-dead and unnatural sound that was a huge contrast to their previous albums. Production issues aside, '...And Justice...' is still a solid prog-thrash hybrid effort where the band succeeds with carefully crafted ideas and an excellent relationship between guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The first three tracks, 'Blackened', the title track and 'Eye of the Beholder' are some of the most 'Metallica' songs the band have written, and they all set the standard high for the rest of the album, and it ends strongly on what could be Lars Ulrich's crowning moment: The absolutely frantic 'Dyers Eve'. Lars probably puts in his best drumming performance on that track, while James gives his all vocally to the point where it gives you the chills. '...And Justice For All' would be the last proper 'thrash metal' album Metallica would do for a LONG time, much to many fans disdain, plus it may take a while to fully appreciate its true purpose.
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