For many years, Metallica was my favorite band. I purchased the albums, the concert tickets, and collected anything related to Metallica. I was a super fan, and proud of it.

These days, I'm not the fan I was back then. I've gotten older, and the band's music has changed. I like to remember the "glory days" of the Metallica catalog. It was classic metal at its best.

I want to know what you think is the best Metallica album. I do have one rule - you can only choose the albums starting with "Kill 'Em All" and ending with "The Black Album." I'll go first, since I'm the one writing this blog.

It's not an easy choice, but my favorite Metallica record has to be "And Justice for All." This masterpiece was released on August 25, 1988, by Elektra Records. It was the band's first studio album to feature bassist Jason Newsted after the death of Cliff Burton in 1986.

According to Wikipedia, "And Justice for All" was acclaimed by music critics. It was included on many of the critics' poll of the year's best albums, and the single "One" earned Metallica its first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1990.

I fell in love with the album instantly. I listened to the cassette so many times I wore the writing off both sides. My favorite song was "Shortest Straw," I'll see if I can get that back in the rotation on 94.1 KRNA!

I missed the "And Justice for All" concert tour that year. My parents thought I was too young at the time. Looking back, they may have been right. I made up for it a few years later when I saw them four times in one year.

The band became huge after this album. They did it on their terms. No make up, no fire, no special effects. Just four guys in jeans and t-shirts playing explosive heavy metal music.

Now it's your turn, comment below on what you think is the best Metallica album. We will discuss your answers on the KRNA Morning Show!


Metallica 1991

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