Hello, everyone. I am The Nameless Lancer, but you can just call me Lancer. I love Metallica. They are my second favorite band of all time, beaten only by Avenged Sevenfold. Today, I want to give my own personal ranking of the Metallica albums. I'm not going to be including Lulu or Garage, Inc. on this list, mainly because I haven't listened to Lulu, and Garage, Inc. isn't really an official Metallica album. This is my own personal opinion, so you don't have to agree with me. Let's go.
I'm going to talk about the albums for a bit, then give my favorite tracks, as well as my least favorite track on the album.
#10: ReLoadComing in at the bottom of my list is ReLoad. ReLoad? What kind of album title is ReLoad? And why is the "L" capitalized? That's very odd. This album is not great. I hate the look of the album cover, and don't enjoy the album. I think that ReLoad is not a very good album. You might love it, but I don't. This album is definitely not bad, but I just don't find it as enjoyable as some of Metallica's other albums. This is a very good album, but it is greatly overshadowed. I like most of the songs, but none of them appeal to me that much. This album definitely had potential, but I just don't love it.
Worst Track: Better than You
#9: LoadLoad is another album that I don't like. The name is bad, the album cover is bland, and it doesn't sound anything like Metallica's first five albums. What makes Load especially disappointing is that it came after The Black Album, which was an absolute masterpiece. This album sounds so much worse than all of the great stuff that came before it. I don’t know why Metallica changed their style with this album. The thrash sound of their previous albums is the reason that I love this band. That is what made Load disappointing for me. I do like it. Don't get me wrong. It is a very good album. But compared to what came before it, Load was a massive disappointment.
Worst Track: Bleeding Me
Worst Track: Now That We're Dead
#7: St. AngerYou're probably going to disagree with me on this one, but I have to stay true, and I actually kinda like St. Anger. I love how different it sounds. Even though I don't like how Load and ReLoad sound, St. Anger is an entirely different story. My favorite song on the album, Frantic, is an absolutely amazing song. The title track. St. Anger, is also really good. My World is pretty good. The Unnamed Feeling is good. Some Kind of Monster is fantastic. I don't know why I love the sound of the drum so much, but I just do. It sounds like Lars is hitting some pots from his grandma's kitchen. My only small complaint with St. Anger is that Kirk Hammett wasn't allowed to play any guitar solos, which was a really big let down. That doesn't take too much away from St. Anger, though. Overall, it is a really fantastic album, and definitely one of the most memorable for me. I would not be lying if I said that St. Anger is the album that I've listened to the second most, after my number 1 spot. We'll get to that one soon.
Worst Track: Invisible Kid
#6: Death MagneticDeath Magnetic is amazing. It is really good. I haven't listened to it as much as some of Metallica's other albums, but I can easily say that it is a masterpiece. My favorite song on this album is Suicide and Redemption. There are a lot of really good songs on this album, but that song is my favorite. The name is cool. The album cover is unique. I don't have much else to say about it, though. It did mark Metallica's long awaited return to their famous Thrash sound, which is really cool, and makes Death Magnetic really stand out. After Load and Reload completely changed Metallica, it's great to see them return to what made them the most famous metal band in history. I've only been a Metallica fan for 4 years, so I don't know why I'm talking like some one who's listened to them from the beginning, but I guess I am. This album is amazing. I love the Thrash sound that Metallica made famous, so this album definitely stands out.
Worst Track: Broken, Beat and ScarredOne is easily my second favorite Metallica song. The album opener, Blackened, is great. I don't have much to say about the album, though. It is very good, but not quite as good as the next few albums. The music video for One is very despressing. Actually, that whole song is depressing. The songs do get a bit repetitive after a while, which does get old. Overall, I love this album, but I don't think that it should go higher. I don't really like how the name has the periods. That's just dumb.
Worst Track: Harvester of SorrowFor Whom the Bell Tolls. I used to fucking hate that song, but it has definitely grown on me since then. Ride the Lightning is a really good song. Fade to Black is pretty good. Creeping Death is amazing. The Call of Ktulu is decent. Trapped Under Ice is good. Escape is not bad. Pretty much every song on this album is really good. The fact that Ride the Lightning is this not in the top 3 shows how great the next few albums are. The name and album cover are really cool.
Worst Track: Escape
#3: Kill 'Em AllAh, the classics. I want to say that I have a Kill 'Em All t-shirt, and I love it. Metallica's first album is, and always will be, a masterpiece and a classic. I wasn't alive until 2001, so this wasn't the first Metallica album that I heard, so it was weird making that transition. Hetfield's voice doesn't sound amazing, which made it kind of hard to listen to at first, but the album has definitely grown on me. My favorite song on the album is, without question, Hit the Lights. The name and album cover are also pretty cool. This album popularized the genre of Thrash Metal, which shows how amazing the album is.
Worst Track: (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
Worst Track: Disposable Heroes
#1: The Black AlbumThe Black Album is my second favorite album of all time, beaten only by Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King. The album cover is my second favorite of all time (again, only beaten by Hail to the King). Enter Sandman is the best Metallica song ever. Sad But True is amazing. Holier Than Thou is outstanding, and lives up to that badass song title. The Unforgiven starts out a bit weird, but I have grown to love it. Wherever I May Roam is the song that I want as my theme song. Don’t Tread on Me is flawless. Through the Never is easily my least favorite song on the album, but is still really good. Nothing Else Matters is unique, and sounds like the inspiration to one of my favorite Avenged Sevenfold songs, Crimson Day. Of Wolf and Man is probably the song that I want played at my wedding and funeral. That song is fantastic, has a great song title, and is overall a really great song. The God That Failed is pretty good, and has a kind of depressing song title. My Friend of Misery and The Struggle Within are very good as well. Every song on the Black Album is amazing. Hetfield's voice sounds incredible on this album. I have no idea why he sounds like a robot, but who cares? It's badass. I don't know why anyone would rank any other album higher than this. The guitar solo in Wherever I May Roam is easily the best that Metallica has ever done. Also, that album cover is too cool.
Worst Track: Through the Never
That is it for my list. I hope you enjoyed it, and I can't wait to read your comments. Have a good day.