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And Justice for All: the 30th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Music Department' started by DemonDragonJ, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. DemonDragonJ Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?

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    This year marks the 30th anniversary of And Justice for All, the fourth album by heavy metal band Metallica. That album was their first with bassist Jason Newsted, who replaced Cliff Burton, who had died two years earlier in a bus accident. The album features what was, at that time, some of their longest and most musically complex songs, including One, their first song to have a music video, but, despite the intensity and complexity of the songs, the album unfortunately had poor production value, including Newsted's bass guitar being nearly inaudible. For this reason, although the album is certainly popular with their fans, it often does not receive as much attention from the general public or critics. Also working against the album is the fact that it is between Master of Puppets, which is widely considered to be Metallica's magnum opus, and Metallica (also known as "The Black Album"), Metallica's mainstream breakthrough.

    While most people say that MoP is Metallica's best album, AJfA is my personal favorite, because it is the debut of Jason Newsted, who is also my favorite bassist for Metallica, because James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have been reported to have relentless hazed him during his early years in the band. Also, the fact that Newsted's bass is barely audible clearly shows just how important bass is for music, and, even more significantly, when the band was in turmoil due to Hetfield's alcohol addiction or various internal struggles, Newsted was the one who helped keep the band together with his passion and devotion to music.

    As an interesting fact, Metallica wished to have Geddy Lee of Rush be the producer for Master of Puppets, but Lee was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts; I personally believe that Metallica should have sought out Lee to be the producer of And Justice for All, because doing so likely would have resulted in better sound quality for that album, and Lee definitely would not have tolerated Hetfield and Ulrich's treatment of Newsted.

    Now that the album is reaching its 30th anniversary, I hope that Metallica will remaster it, as they have done for their first three albums, so that it can have better sound quality and, hopefully, actually audible bass guitar. That truly would be, to use a phrase that many fans have adopted "Justice for Jason."

    What does everyone else say about this? What are your feelings about And Justice for All celebrating its 30th anniversary?
     
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  2. DemonDragonJ Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?

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    Does anyone have anything to say on this subject?
     
  3. Smoke ▄█▀ █▄ █▄█ ▀█▀

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    FUCK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I fucking LOVE Ajfa. It's also my fave Metallica album, and imo has the best cd cover.

    It has so much anger, and technicality.

    Blackened is my personal favorite song. The way it fades in, the guitar riff, the solo, the lyrics....I listen to it nonstop.


    To be honest, I've been waiting for 2018, for 4 years, specifically because it's the 30th anniversary.

    Starting in 2013, they have released limited edition guitars, with graphics correlating to their 30th anniversary cd.

    2013 - Kill em all guitar (only 300 made)

    2014 - Ride the Lightning guitar (only 300 made)

    2016 - Master of Puppets guitar (only 400 made)


    And guess who has them all?




    So now I've been waiting anxiously for this year, to get that sweet art on a guitar.

    I've contacted the guitar company and they told me they aren't sure if they'll continue the trend. I hope they do. I'll be crushed if they don't.
     
  4. Roƅ Suck my dick, Suit

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    Aweee shit son.

    Fucking legendary album from a legendary band.

    Bro, that Ride the Lightning Guitar is sexy as fuck.
     
  5. Uncle Acid Well-Known Member

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    Always thought Metallica got worse and worse with each album tbh, and I don't get this album at all. It gives me nothing at all. Off-topic, but it's the same with Master of Puppets. Only good thing I can think off as far as these two albums goes are Dance With the Dead's remix of Master of Puppets and how much of a source of inspiration Master of Puppets was to basically every thrash metal band that formed the next 10 years. But that's it for me.


    No Life 'til Leather and Kill 'em All are the only Metallica albums that pleases me. The power, the rawness, the attitude is just spot on on both releases. Think every release after Kill 'em All lacks all those three qualities, and they are more or less a must for me when listening to thrash metal.
     
  6. Deer Lord living for dank memes

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    second best 'tallica album, right after 'Ride'
    which is incredible considering the lack of bass.
     
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