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Ranked: METALLICA's Studio Albums From Worst To Best

Posted by on December 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm

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Today, we're going to be ranking the albums of Metallica, who you may have heard of but if you didn't, are one of metal's all-time greats. Why do this, you ask? Mostly because it's fun to rank things and it's fun to get yelled at on the Internet.

Metallica was the first band I really listened to on my own. Load was my first cassette and I bought it (or had my mom buy it for me) because it had flame-looking things on the cassette case and I was 10. I grew up in Israel and didn't have proper access to the internet or music media until well into high school so as far as I knew, Metallica was just a button down, margarita sipping' rock band. This was my world view until I discovered the Blabbermouth.net comment sections and started getting called horrible names like "wenis." Discovering Metallica's thrash past was like learning my mom used to own a speedboat and kill people for money or nosebleed Styx tickets. But mom is still mom, hence, Load might have crept up a little higher than a few might agree with. Fair warning.

Anyway, on to the rankings!


#9. Re-LoadMetallica Reload

Otherwise known as the Metallica Switches From Beer to SoCo album. Whatever fine line Load had managed to walk, Re-Load tripped over and barfed on itself. This is what Pantera might have sounded like if they had stuck together for another 10 years and started doing Ford commercials. The southern rock influences are just too much here, dragging whatever merit remains into the realm of strip club intro jams.


#8. Death Magneticmetallica death magnetic

Look, Death Magnetic is fine. There's really nothing wrong with it. It's perfectly well-produced, it's thrash-y-ish, and hey, Kirk is soloing again! But that was kind of all there was to it. It's a pure fan service from a band who, whatever you want to say about them post-Black Album, had gotten really good at pissing people off. Give me the Emperor Hetfield suing fans to the sound of a 300-man orchestra. Not this. Train wrecks can at least be fascinating. This is just boring. It took bigger balls to make Lulu.


#7. St. AngerMetallica St Anger

There are a lot of reasons to dislike this album. It sounds terrible, and not in a super kvlt black metal sort of way, and the songs themselves are mostly cringe-worthy dad takes on the aggro metal of the early 2000s. But if you've seen Some Kind of Monster, you know that this wasn't some deliberate attempt at aping something more commercially viable. It's the sound of men who never had to grow up suddenly confronted with their own imploding egos. It's a total mess but at least it's interesting, which is more than I can say for Death Magnetic.


#6. Kill Em AllMetallica Kill em All

This is a tricky one. Kill 'Em All is like a horny teen. Brimming with enthusiasm but a little clueless. It's historically significant, and for a debut this is a damn good album. It's just not a Metallica album. Not fully, anyway. For all it's ripping qualities, it's still dripping with NWOBHM tendencies, from the riffs (See: "Hit the Lights") to Hetfield's not-quite-yet-Hetfield vocals. A killer start but far from essential listening and the last "classic" album I would recommend to a newbie.


#5. LoadMetallica Load

If you are one of the people who think (incorrectly) that grunge killed metal, then you probably hate this album. The opening strains of "Until it Sleeps," with its dreamy tones and slithery leads could easily have been picked up of Nirvana's cutting room floor and the tempo rarely rises above "unhurried woman picking vegetables at the grocery store." Still, for what it is—a rock album—it's actually pretty damn good. Great, even. And I'll take "Hero of the Day" over anything—ANYTHING—that Puddle of Mudd or Staind would put out just a few years later.

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  • Niccolò Downing Nannucci

    9) Reload
    8) St. Anger
    7) Load
    6) Ride The Lightning
    5) Master Of Puppets
    4) Kill'Em All
    3) Death Magnetic
    2) Metallica
    1) …And Justice For All

  • Inter

    St Anger took me years to get into but is now my most played Metallica album. Frantic is possibly in their top 5 songs.

  • Slayer Edinjiklian

    My list would be:

    9 St. Anger
    8 Re-Load
    7 Death Magnetic
    6 Load
    5 And Justice For All
    4 Ride The Lightning
    3 Black Album
    2 Master Of Puppets
    1 Kill Em All

  • PublicFarley

    Agreed. This is the correct list. Plain & simple.

  • PublicFarley

    Agreed. In my mind Metallica is unique in that they hold the distinction of creating both the best metal album ever made (Ride The Lightning) *and* the worst (St. Anger).

    • downloadaddict

      I heard St. Anger's drum tones were a "fuck you" response to all the haters of their prior 3 albums. lol
      All the purists were whining about over-production in the 3 90s albums, so they basically said "screw you" and disengaged the snare. lol

  • Eric Ochoa

    Kill em all is behind load and black album? You've got to be joking!!

    1. Ride the lightning
    2. Kill em all
    3. Master of puppets
    4. Justice

    That is all

  • PitchingTents

    every list seems the same!
    1. Ride
    2. Kill
    3. Garage Inc.
    4. Master
    5. Load
    6. Justice
    7. Reload
    8. Black Album
    9. Death (good album in my opinion but not as good as others)
    10. St anger

  • ulukuk

    10) St. Anger
    9) Re-Load
    8) Load
    7) Death Magnetic
    6) Black Album
    5) Hardwired… to Self-Destruct
    4) …And Justice For All
    3) Kill Em All
    2) Master of Puppets
    1) Ride the Lightning

  • Víctor Araneda

    This is the right list!
    I'll just swap Kill'em all with Ride the Lightning.

  • downloadaddict

    We all have our own opinions, and every one of these lists is just that.

    (1) Death Magnetic
    (2) Metallica (Black)
    (3) Ride The Lightning
    (4) Master Of Puppets
    (5) Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
    (6) Load
    (7) Reload
    (8) Kill 'Em All
    (9) …And Justice For All
    (10) St. Anger

    (I heard a re-recorded version of St. Anger, by a tribute band, on Youtube…had better drum tones and a better over-all production. It was actually pretty good. I think the writing on that album was good…and the heaviest they'd done in a while, up to that point…just got horrible response due to the drum tones and cruddy production. lol)

  • downloadaddict

    You know…..We all have our own opinions, and every one of these lists is just that.

    (1) Death Magnetic
    (2) Metallica (Black)
    (3) Ride The Lightning
    (4) Master Of Puppets
    (5) Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
    (6) Load
    (7) Reload
    (8) Kill 'Em All
    (9) …And Justice For All
    (10) St. Anger

    (I
    heard a re-recorded version of St. Anger, by a tribute band, on
    Youtube…had better drum tones and a better over-all production. It was
    actually pretty good. I think the writing on that album was good…and
    the heaviest they'd done in a while, up to that point…just got
    horrible response due to the drum tones and cruddy production. lol)

    • Timothy Larsen

      I understand why you Wana put death magnetic up there it just rocks a good set of speakers and I was I'm pressed with it after we're they were with st anger but and justice so low .. I just have one ? Why that would probably be my 1 or 2

  • downloadaddict

    Death Magnetic is actually my favorite album. And, that may be because I was still mad about wasting money on St. Anger, and Load & Reload were decent albums, just not metal….lol… So, between them going radio rock and then spitting out the worst metal production in history (even worse production than Kill Em All, which says something lol), I think I was ready for them to prove they weren't washed up.

  • Anthony Arena

    i agree. Death Magnetic is a great album and the EP beyond magnetic rocks too. Vocals are very strong for both death and beyond. I love the maturity of both releases. The thing is they are a great band and everyone is going to have their favorites due to the subject matter and thestyle. It's all very subjective. I still have my Kill 'em all LP from high school when it was released, i am from san francisco and from the beginning. And I have all the other records In fact, my top 5 favorite Metallica would be the 5.98 EP 1st, then Justice, then Master, then Death, then Black. So there you go, another completely subjective arbitrary opinion. Funny thing too. I read this thread, hated St. Anger, and now I find myself enjoying it.
    And people never really state how Metallica is one bad ass psychedelic band, forget metal vs thrash and all that. They do some very mind melting stuff.

  • ItsLeAshton

    My List:

    10. St.Anger
    9. Reload
    8. Load
    7. Death Magnetic
    6. Kill Em' All
    5. Hardwired… To Self Destruct
    4. Ride The Lightning
    3. Master Of Puppets
    2. The Black Album
    1. …And Justice For All

  • Raul Fender

    Great list. Ride the Lightning is the only album that I love every song. The first half of MOP is amazing the second half is very good but sometimes I move on to another album.

  • B. Alvn

    1. lightning (one of the best metal albums of all time)

    2. kill 'em all (pure thrash greatness, with Mustaine onboard…sadly a bit short though)

    2a. garage days (actually get Garage Inc. which includes this one, some rare b-sides, and many great metal covers…including Sabbath and Maiden songs!!!)

    3. justice

    3. black album (tie)

    4. master (the most over-rated metal album of all time?)

    5. st. anger (the most under-rated metal album of all time?)

    ummm…the rest are forgettable except for a few singles…

  • B. Alvn

    to all of you who listened to St. Anger once or twice, with prejudice and expecations, and quickly disregarded it, listen to a couple more times. it is truly a fine work of art, and unique in the world of metal….it is different, yes, but it is a very good album. it has subtlety and nuance and i promise it will grow on you after a few listens. if you want to get bludgeoned about the head, well, it's just not that…if you want a polished, Dio kind of studio record, it's not that either. it is raw and unpolished.

    just give it a couple more listens.

  • Paul Thibault

    The band doesn't consider it a Metallica album… So… It's not. Lol.

  • t-bomb

    exactly what i would put, but st. anger above reload

  • jack makormick

    i think after the loss of Burton Metallica suffered there most drastic setback after justice for all they seemed like they lost love for the music just putting out one crappy albulm after another but that just my opinion on it

  • Nik Kris

    Great list by MetalInjection. This in mine:

    1) …And Justice For All
    2) Ride The Lightning
    3) Master Of Puppets
    4) The Black Album
    5) Load
    6) Re-Load
    7) St. Anger
    8) Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
    9) Kill em All
    10) Death Magnetic

  • Admiral Bongo

    1)Lulu
    2)Ride The Lightning
    3)…And Justice for All
    4)Master of Puppets
    5)Black Album
    6)Kill 'Em All
    7)St. Anger
    8)Load
    9)Re-Load
    10)Death Magnetic
    11)Hardwired… To Self-Destruct