Getting Their ‘Load’ On 20 Years Later

Getting Their ‘Load’ On 20 Years Later 

Posted: 2:05 pm Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

By Pete Rizzo

Metallica Load

How do you follow up a landmark album as seismically successful as the Black Album?! If you are the guys in Metallica, you do (pardon me, Monty Python) something completely different.  In their case, they released “Load”, which turns 20 this month.

It left lots of fans scratching their heads and others absolutely apoplectic in their hatred of “Load”. I was definitely not one of the haters. Was it different? Yes. I was one of the head scratchers when I first listened to the cassette of the album that I brought. But I liked a lot of the material that made it onto the album.

Among my favorites were the scorching opener,…

,…the first single,…

,…and the closing track, the “S&M” version of which I really dug.

How about you? What were your favorite tunes off of “Load”?