Originally Posted by ambesolman
I remember when it came out. We were transporting a psych pt to a hospital several hours away and a local station just happened to be interviewing or playing an interview and listening to the whole album. The pt was a fan too so we just cranked it the whole way. I remember it didn't impress me enough to buy, but I could hear the early influences trying to dig themselves out of the music to be free again. Makes me wonder if, like Sampson's locks being the source of his strength, were Metallica's "locks" the booze?
Ha, maybe a bit but I think the real reason is that in 80's the band members were very young, hungry, motivated, ANGRY, etc. Going into the studio to write And Justice for All they still had never headlined a tour yet. They did headline for Justice and by that time were becoming a much bigger band.
I think this completely changed their mindset when it came time to write the Black album. For the first time they were going into the studio as an established and very well known band. Now they needed to write something to appeal to the masses and combined with that they weren't so crazy young anymore, they were in their late 20's approaching 30. I've heard that many artists peak out in their mid 20's and this looks to be another case of it.
It's too bad, I would have LOVED To see what would have happened if they continued on the path they were on with the holy trinity albums (2nd through 4th albums). To me they created a new genre - progressive thrash metal music combined with vocals that were "yelled" on key (which must be somewhat hard to pull off since you hardly see it done. Sure there are growling death vocals, shrieking/screaming vocals, and yellers too but hardly any actually are on key). Later Megadeth was able to write an album that also is progressive thrash - Rust In Piece. What an amazing album musically. Of course the vocals aren't as good but still an all time favorite album. Other progressive thrash albums.... hmmm not sure I know of any. The song Seasons In the Abyss by Slayer would fit it, but definitely not the whole album. I'm sure there is some out there but I'm not aware of it.
Ok, back to my point with the direction they were going. Justice was an even more extreme example of progressive thrash compared to the albums before it so the next one would have been even more so. The reason I love this type of music so much is that I don't get sick of it. Sure, lots of the black album is catchy but it wears out so much more quickly than say... Blackened. Songs with changing time signatures, riffs, etc. and aren't just cookie cutter are the songs that keep me coming back for more and never get old.
Ok, enough rambling.... for now.