When Metallica released the album… And Justice For All, I thought this was a great one with a Metallica that seemed to be cornered: they just lost one of the brightest bass talents of the 80s, who had Perhaps deserving to be called virtuoso is unique in Metallica; and now they have no leftover ideas left from the world’s best musician and guitarist a.k.a Megadeth’s flagship is now beginning to be famous. Justice probably deserves to be a Metallica Back In Black Metallica version, with lots of progressive ideas. An album where I couldn’t skip a song.
Normally, Metallica people rarely agree with what people think of them, including me. The two leaders, Lars Urlich (drum) and James Hetfield (rhythm guitar), boldly posted a guitar to express dissatisfaction with Justice’s mix, especially when dissatisfaction was added to the slack. The first grammy was almost in hand (losing to Jethro Tull’s Creste Of a Knave). It could also be that Jethro Tull was told to stay home from going to the Grammys to lose money, because there was no way to win Justice, and Metallica would be god like to prove everyone wrong.
But as expected, this time Metallica denied Justice at all costs, hiding himself in the studio for over a year between 1990-1991; before releasing a sequel to Back in Black in a literal and official version (of the word Black): Metallica ’91.
Over a year in the studio has cost Metallica more than $ 1 million, not to mention the costs of the damages from the three divorces of Kirk Hammett (lead guitar), Jason Newsted (bass), and Lars Urlich. In return, Metallica ’91 (or Black album) debuted at number one in 10 countries, and then reached 16 times platinum in the US alone. The entire recording was then released in the two-episode documentary “A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica”, which made fans extremely excited.
Originally disliked by the bounce, this time, Metallica compromised and agreed to work with someone who had completely fixed their way of working: producer Bob Rock. The one year period in the studio is probably also a lot of people smiling, especially when seniors like Led Zeppelin recorded Led zeppelin 1 in two days, Black Sabbath recorded Paranoid for 3 days, and righteous Metallica recording Kill ‘Em All also took just over a month.
But it doesn’t matter that, Bob Rock was quite young at the time, and made a name for himself by producing for Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, or an Aerosmith struggling to “marketize” to return to the spotlight. Those bands have barely any “thrash” like Metallica’s, and comments like “the music isn’t fast enough” or “the short song” will probably hold Black Album forever.
Metallica, at first, only planned to hire a Bob Rock mix for the upcoming album, also impressed by how Bob Rock pushed Motley Crue to the level of a top band with Dr. Feelgood. In Bob Rock’s memory back then, Metallica was a band that hardly ever played on the radio. It was a surprise to Bob at the band’s dreadful influence that burned the box office and guaranteed to fill this stadium. So instead of accepting a mix for Metallica, Bob Rock proposed on the contrary to produce for the band.
The Metallica people would not have gotten used to someone who would dare suggest the opposite of them like this (hello, Mustaine?). But somehow, although there are still many doubts, James and Lars agreed with Bob Rock’s proposal.
One of the reasons Bob Rock set out to Metallica: you have had all kinds of great riffs over the years, and you’ve played 7, 8, or even 9 minutes with those riffs. enough. Everyone knows what Metallica’s riff would be like, and now we can try something different. Statistics box. Metallica already have enough tracks for their next album, so why not give it a try?
And perhaps all of them did not expect that nod led to 9 consecutive months of torture that Bob Rock locked Metallica in One on One studio just to practice before recording the real thing. Nine months is just about practicing new habits. Bob Rock has prepared everything to mentally and physically torture Metallica: billiards, ping pong, basketball, pin ball, and sandbag. All of them bring an atmosphere of competition to sharpen their spirits, who for a long time seem to have mastered their own unique way of playing music. Small conflicts such as face-to-face or dissatisfaction among the members, or charring with producer Bob Rock during the process, are captured in Metallica’s proud documentary.
What might have linked this cynical relationship for so long could only be the ultimate goal that Metallica and Bob Rock both pursued: rebuilding the fiery atmosphere and fiery blood. the magic they create while performing live on their next album. Fiery and fiery blood. Bob Rock gives permission to Metallica