Elektra Records
Release date
18 Aug 2008
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Ain't My Bitch 5:04 210,012
2 2 X 4 5:28 149,821
3 The House Jack Built 6:38 167,148
4 Until It Sleeps 4:27 361,279
5 King Nothing 5:29 224,129
6 Hero of the Day 4:21 332,762
7 Bleeding Me 8:17 269,429
8 Cure 4:54 163,938
9 Poor Twisted Me 4:00 162,868
10 Wasting My Hate 3:57 146,436
11 Mama Said 5:19 262,735
12 Thorn Within 5:51 149,168
13 Ronnie 5:17 155,338
14 The Outlaw Torn 9:48 159,695

About this album

Load is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released June 4, 1996. To date, the album has sold over 5 million copies in America, and is certified Gold in the UK, having sold over 100,000 copies. It spent four consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard 200.

At 78:59 minutes, Load is Metallica’s longest studio album. Initial pressings of the album were affixed with stickers that boasted its long playtime, simply reading “78:59”. Consequently, “The Outlaw Torn” had to be shortened by about one minute to fit on the album. The full version was released on a single for “The Memory Remains” as “The Outlaw Torn (Unencumbered by Manufacturing Restrictions Version)” with a running time of 10:48.

According to drummer Lars Ulrich: “This album and what we’re doing with it - that, to me, is what Metallica are all about: exploring different things. The minute you stop exploring, then just sit down and fucking die.”

The songwriting dispenses almost entirely with the thrash metal style that characterized the band’s sound in the 1980s. In place of staccato riffs, Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett experimented with more blues-based tones and styles. Additionally, Ulrich adopted a minimalist approach to his drum recording, abandoning the speed and complex double bass patterns of previous albums.

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  • Grycho

    I've been listening to Metallica for years but, amazingly, I've never actually listened to this album in its entirety until now. Not quite as good as 'Death Magnetic' when it comes to "post-80's Metallica", but it's not nearly as bad as what fans have made it out to be. There are plenty of legitimately good songs on here. As with virtually every other band in existence (even the incredibly obscure ones), the fanbase will inevitably absolutely flip their shit if the band even so much as attempts to trail from their established genre to try something new. Most of the people who say they hate the sound of this album don't actually explain why they think its sound is inherently bad, and instead just point out the fact that it's not metal (which should already have been clearly apparent to anyone with even the slightest knowledge of what metal is) and leave it at that. </rant>

    30 Jun 11:29pm Reply
  • DanStu1990

    One of the most underrated albums of all time.

    23 Jun 6:25pm Reply
  • GackTMN

    It sure is a Load of something.

    13 May 7:18pm Reply
  • Oleg_Vasilevich

    Until It Sleeps is the best song on this album

    4 Apr 10:39pm Reply
  • Pam-param-pam

    Раньше не нравился этот альбом,но спустя пару лет стал одним из любимейших!

    13 Feb 8:37am Reply
  • deadgrandma

    v no, Dopesmoker is stoner rock at it's best. But still, this is not as bad as it's reputation.

    11 Jan 7:34am Reply
  • johnm32145

    Stoner rock at it's best! Metallica are grown up finally.......who doen's like it, doesn't deserve it. :p

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    To be honest, I like this album the same as the old, thrash ones. Sure, it was a bad move for a band called Metallica, but I admire how they tried to do something different (althought the decision might be influenced just for the money). Bleeding Me and 2x4 are really great songs, and the Sabbath-like The Outlaw Torn is a great album closer.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    this album is awesome [2]

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    this album is awesome

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • panthyr

    Awesome collection of non metal songs recorded by a metal band.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    It's grown on me

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • antoszkin

    Первый альбом, который у меня появился...

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Nicopeth

    Good Album but not a Good Metallica Album. That's simple.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Thegreatbelow84

    The older I get the more I love this record, it was at one point my least fav Met album, I might crank it once every few mths or more but every listen just magic.

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Load era Metallica is underrated as hell [2]

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Semen and blood, what a kvlt cover.

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • Ardann

    The beginning of the shit... Even if some songs are nice. But on a Metallica album, it's not some nice songs, it's all fucking awesome songs!

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • Wizz21

    I hated it when it came out in 1996, nowadays i think that this album is freakin' underrated! yes, it's no thrash metal, but it's a damn good bluesy hardrock album

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • lolcatiero

    I love both 'Loads. Sure, its not old Metallica, but still awesome rock albums.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
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