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.
Worst Track: Better than You
Worst Track: The House Jack Built
Worst Track: Now That We're DeadFrantic”, 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’s 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. I’d give St. Anger 8.9/10. The album cover is really cool. The garage sound makes St. Anger standout from some of Metallica’s other stuff. Hetfield’s voice also sounds as great as ever. I love the raw and aggressive tone of this album, as well.
Worst Track: Invisible Kid
#6: Death Magnetic EditDeath Magnetic is amazing. It’s 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. Sadly, some of the songs on here seem to be cheap versions of some older Metallica songs. The guitar solo in “All Nightmare Long” is kind of meh. What the fuck is up with all of these Unforgivens? We only needed one, so why do we have 3? At least all three of them are good. I’d give Death Magnetic 9.2/10.
Worst Track: Broken, Beat and ScarredOne” is easily my second favorite Metallica song. The album opener, “Blackened”, is great. The title track is absolutely amazing. I don't have much to say about the album, though. It’s 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. Where the hell is the bass? I can’t hear it. How did they mess that up? Lazy. Why is there Viking singing in “The Frayed Ends of Sanity”? That’s pretty cool, but very weird. I’d give ...And Justice for All 9.4/10. This is the last Metallica album that doesn’t get a perfect score. Can someone tell me where Jason Newstead’s bass is?
Worst Track: Harvester of SorrowFor Whom the Bell Tolls”, but it has definitely grown on me since then. “Ride the Lightning” is my favorite from this album. “Fade to Black” is outstanding. “Creeping Death” is amazing. “The Call of Ktulu” is decent. “Trapped Under Ice” is good. “Escape” is incredibly underrated. Metallica themselves hate that song, but I think that it’s very catchy. Maybe it’s just me, but I love “Escape”. 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. Up until about a week ago, I thought that the electric chair was actually a microphone. When I realized that I was wrong, I felt like an idiot. Hetfield’s voice definitely improved between the first album and this album. Hell, everything sounds better in this album compared to the first album. The production was definitely better, and I would say that Ride the Lightning, as well as the next 3 albums, are all tied as the band’s greatest masterpieces. Ride the Lightning gets a perfect score. 10 out of fucking 10.
Worst Track: Trapped Under Ice
#3: Kill 'Em AllEditAh, 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. The “Pulling Teeth” instrumental is really cool, but I don’t love it. I listen to this album at least once a week, but I usually skip that song. It’s not bad, but I find it kind of boring compared to the rest of the album. Despite that one weaker song, nothing will stop me from giving Kill ‘Em All a perfect 10/10.
Worst Track: (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
Worst Track: Disposable HeroesEnter 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. A lot of people dislike this album, and those people are obviously insane. Yes, Metallica did change their style, but if their new style sounds this good, you can’t blame them. The Black Album is the bands greatest masterpiece in my eyes. Honestly, any of the top 4 could have have taken this spot. All 4 are masterpieces for many different reasons. Kill ‘Em All popularized thrash metal as a genre, and was the debut album of my second favorite band of all time. Ride the Lightning shares all of the amazing qualities that Kill ‘Em All had, with the improved sound, production, and pretty much everything. Master of Puppets was just perfect in every single way. The Black Album is very different, and I’ve said that I usually don’t like when Metallica changes their style, so why do I love this album so much? Because it was the first Metallica album that I heard. That is what makes the Black Album my favorite. Plus, the album is just perfect. 10/10 for the Black Album.
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.