5 Things You Didn't Know About Metallica's 'Reload' (2022)

It was a purposefully compatible and slightly more adventurous follow-up to their 1996 album Load, but Metallica's Reload didn't start out as its own self-contained record. When the band started recording Load at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California in May 1995, the plan was to release a single album comprised of material from both albums.

The songs for Reload were already written and mostly arranged. As the deadline for the album approached, however, Metallica realized there was no way they were going to be able to finish everything. So they took the tracks that were already done and released them as Load on June 4, 1996. Following a tour to support the album, Metallica returned to the studio to finish the remaining tracks, which they released as Reload on November 18, 1997.

"Reload consisted of all the crappy songs [from the original session]," said James Hetfield in a 1997 interview. "That's the obvious thing to think for the non-thinkers out there. But really, those weren't the rejects, they were just all the songs that weren't finished. I think there's a little more extremeness on Reload. But there are also some big-time epic, heavy riffs. They're not pop singles, that's for sure."

Reload is hardly extreme by current metal standards, but it did give Metallica a canvas to explore different styles, including Southern rock, the gritty singer-songwriter fare of Tom Waits and Nick Cave and some fiery electric blues.

"After returning to these songs two years after we wrote them, we had some additional ideas of what we could do with them to make them better," Hetfield said. "We wanted to put them out without really adding any newer material to it. We kept it really pure to the Load sessions. But we wanted to come up with newer sounds. A lot of these had guitars already but sounded a little dull, so we got better sounds and re-recorded them."

Since the songs were almost done, it only took Metallica about three months to complete the album. On October 1, 1997, the basic tracks were all completed, then Reload underwent additional editing at Plantation Studios in Maui, Hawaii before it was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York. Like its predecessor, Reload topped the Billboard album chart in its first week of release, selling 436,000 copies. It was certified both platinum and double-platinum by the end of the year.

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1. Reload's cover artwas literally a photo ofPiss and Blood— and James Hetfieldhated it
The artwork for Reload was a sequel to the abstract flowing colors of Load. Like that album, the cover was a photograph of a mixed media blend from controversial New York artist Andres Serrano. The image for Load, originally called Blood and Sperm III, was made from cow blood and ejaculate pressed between sheets of Plexiglass; Reload depicted the photo ofPiss and Blood, the composition of which is equally self-explanatory. Guitarist Kirk Hammett was a fan of the photographer; Hetfield – not so much.

"I hated it, but it had to match," he said. "It's matching hatred. I'm not a big fan of the man and his perversions. There's art and then there's just sick motherfuckers. And he's one of them. [Laughs]The thing is, they belong together. I don't care if the guy blows donkeys. The art had to match."

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2. Metallica got Marianne Faithful liquored up to record "The Memory Remains"
The first single from Reload was "The Memory Remains," which came out November 11, 1997. Two demos titled "Memory" were recorded in drummer Lars Ulrich's home studio on March 16 and 17, 1995. Since the mid-paced song was about a washed-up movie star, producer Bob Rock suggested the band have popular Sixties' English singer and actress Marianne Faithful add guest vocals to the chorus, since her ragged whiskey and cigarette-worn tone would work with the theme of the song.

"We needed a real character, been-through-it-all voice," Hetfield said. "We got ahold of her and she agreed to do it. So, we flew to Dublin on the way to Belgium. We met up with her in the studio, went in and got her drunk and then she sang this bit. It was perfect. She definitely had the voice and it created a real eerie vibe."

Metallica performed the song with Faithful twice live. The first time was on Saturday Night Live on December 6, 1997, and she also joined them on December 7, 2011 at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

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3. "Low Man's Lyric" was nearly agarden-varietymetal ballad, until ex–Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin saved the song — with a hurdy-gurdy
One of the more interesting tracks on Reload is "Low Man's Lyric," which starts with effect-laden guitars playing a bluesy riff redolent of Jimmy Page. But what makes the song so alluring is a combination of Hetfield's vulnerable, raspy vocals and a carnival-esque arrangement. Highlighting the sound is a hurdy-gurdy, a stringed instrument that creates merry-go-round sounds when a hand-crank is turned and a spinning wheel rubs against the strings.

"I was going for this real broken-down homeless sound," Hetfield says. "I wanted it to be like random instruments found in an alleyway and some lyrics just kind of haggardly thrown in there. We had recorded that song already and it sounded like this big metal ballad. I convinced Lars to get rid of the booming drums and we searched for something else that would give the song a different feel. We're friends with [former Faith No More guitarist] Jim Martin and he had a hurdy-gurdy at home. I played around with it for a while and I loved the way it sounded. He said we could use it so we added it to the song. It totally gave everything a different feel that reminded me of Tom Waits."

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4. While writingReload, Metallica were excited by something Hetfieldcalls "helter-skelter" tension
Before the album came out, there were rumors that Reload would mark a return to Metallica's thrash roots — which didn't come until 2008's Death Magnetic. The fastest and heaviest song on Reload was "Fuel," but even that was a quantum descent in velocity from a track like "Blackened" from…And Justice For All.

"Fast thrash just wasn't exciting to us anymore, really," Hetfield said. "If I wrote it, then we'd use it, but none of us were writing that stuff. On 'Fuel'there was some pretty quick down-picking — just kind of moving around with root notes — but that's about it. It's was a little more exciting for us to figure out more fucked up chords — things that grind — dissonant bits. In a few of the songs there's helter-skelter tension built in there. That kind of stuff excited us more than the speed stuff."

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5. Hetfielddealtwith thestrugglebetween aging gracefully and acting like a maniac — by getting chased by cops
The Reload era triggered in Hetfield a rediscovery of his working-class roots. Sure, he had enough money to live the high life, but for a while at least, he preferred to drink hard, work on his vintage muscle cars, go hunting and get in a little bit of trouble with Johnny Law.

"I think I had more of that adult confidence, but some more childish actions," he said. "Getting an old '55 Chevy and working on it to turn it into a hot-rod to make the cops chase me — shit like that became exciting to me. I never did that as a kid. Cops chased me doing other things, but some of the shit that I missed out on as a youth I started getting into. We started Metallica when we were young and it made uspass up a few things while we were busy touring and being responsible. So, in a way, we became more irresponsible."

FAQs

What's the meaning of Enter Sandman? ›

In the spring of 1991, Hetfield brought the band his lyrics for "Enter Sandman" and, of all topics, it was about crib death — "y'know, baby suddenly dies, the sandman killed it," the Metallica frontman described it in 2007 — and it's destructive effect on the family unit.

What's on the cover of Metallica's Load? ›

The cover of Load is an original artwork titled "Semen and Blood III". It is one of three photographic studies that Andres Serrano created in 1990 by mingling bovine blood and his own semen between two sheets of Plexiglas.

Who is the old man in Enter Sandman? ›

Recorded in Los Angeles, it premiered on July 30, 1991, two weeks before the release of the album. The plot of the music video directly relates to the theme of the song, combining images of a child having nightmares and images of an old man (R. G. Armstrong) with shots of the band playing the song.

What kind of heavy metal is Metallica? ›

Metallica is an American heavy metal band that developed the subgenre of speed metal in the early and mid-1980s. The band released their first album, Kill 'Em All, in 1983, followed by Ride the Lightning in 1984.

Why are people covering Enter Sandman? ›

There's so many other songs that would feel more comfortable." That's like playing "Smoke on the Water" or "Highway to Hell." I felt we would just look like a bad cover band. But they said that's what they wanted, so they asked us to consider it.

Is the thing that should not be about Cthulhu? ›

These stories depict a certain scary monster dubbed by Lovecraft as the Cthulhu, which is the "Thing That Should Not Be." . The specific story by H.P. Lovecraft that this song references is The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Written in 1936, it was Lovecraft's only story that was released as a book when he was alive.

Why did Metallica change their logo? ›

and the least liked. In 1996, in relation to the Load album, Metallica had the idea of renewing their image, so they decided to change the style of their logo by creating something completely different from what they had shown the public in the past.

Is the Pissgrave album cover real? ›

Philadelphia's PISSGRAVE has a reputation for the overwhelming gruesomeness of its album covers depicting real images rather than ones that are drawn.

How much is the lead singer of Metallica worth? ›

According to Celebrity Net Worth, James Hetfield's net worth in 2022 is $300 million.

Is Enter Sandman about SIDS? ›

“Enter Sandman” holds the distinction of being the first song written (musically) for the album though the last on the project to actually have completed lyrics. This was due to the fact that originally the words, as penned by Hetfield, were based on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

What was Metallica's first song? ›

In early 1982, Metallica recorded its first original song, "Hit the Lights", for the Metal Massacre I compilation. Hetfield played bass, rhythm guitar and sang while Lloyd Grant was credited with a guitar solo and Lars Ulrich played drums.

Is Enter Sandman hard to play? ›

Enter Sandman is not so hard to play. It requires an intermediate level of guitar playing. Guitar solo is not that hard, either, especially in comparison to other Metallica's solos. Enter Sandman is perhaps among the 'easier' songs in Metallica's repertoire.

What is the number 1 metal band? ›

1. Metallica. Metallica fans love to complain.

Who is bigger ACDC or Metallica? ›

According to Pollstar, Metallica have sold approximately 22.1 million tickets since 1982, bringing in around $1.4 billion. This is in comparison to AC/DC (14 million tickets sold) and Ozzy Osbourne (13.2 million tickets if one combines both Ozzy and Black Sabbath sales).

Who is the most successful metal band? ›

Metallica is officially the Biggest Band in the world for Heavy Metal based on sheer revenue, longevity and popularity. With a Net Worth of over $900 million dollars Metallica has sold over 125 million albums worldwide and has sold upwards of 22 million tickets equaling 1.5 Billion dollars in sales.

Who did a cover of Enter Sandman? ›

Counting down to the 30th anniversary of Metallica's 1991 self-titled album commonly known as The Black Album, the heavy metal legends released a cover of “Enter Sandman” — the band's most famous song — by the indie-rock band, Weezer. On Sept.

Did Motorhead cover Enter Sandman? ›

As we mourn the death of one of rock and roll's greatest frontmen, Lemmy Kilmister, we take a look back at the singer's fierce vocals on Motorhead's 1998 cover of Metallica's "Enter Sandman," one of heavy metal's most-covered songs.

How many times has Metallica played Enter Sandman? ›

Performing Artists
Cover artistSong played
Shackled85
Reel Big Fish67
AlcoholicA65
One: The ONLY Tribute to Metallica64
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What tuning is the thing that should not be? ›

The tuning is D standard, which is every string tuned down one whole-step. Those notes are, starting from the 6th string, D G C F A D. This one is one of the easier Metallica guitar songs to play rhythm wise.

Who wrote Welcome Home Sanitarium? ›

Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

What font does Metallica use? ›

Pastor of Muppets

The Canadian Ray Larabie designed this font on the basis of the Metallica logo. It provides all upper-case letters, with the exception of umlauts, in the centre and outside left version.

What is the Metallica symbol? ›

The Metallica logo we all know today is a bold black inscription in all capital letters with the elongated and spread to both sides vertical lines of “M” and “A”. Symbolizing flashlights and reflecting the character of the iconic band, their lines make the simple logo instantly recognizable across the world.

Who made Metallica's logo? ›

For the record, the Metallica logo was designed by the band's lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield. He also was also responsible for the alternative 'ninja star' and 'scary guy' logos, which have since become prime tattoo fodder.

Is Pissgrave war metal? ›

Pissgrave's sound has been characterized primarily as death metal, with AllMusic's Thom Jurek describing the band as "one of the more outrageous acts to emerge from the barebones ethos of old-school death metal with a war metal production aesthetic." The band's sound has been compared to that of Deicide, Revenge and ...

Who's the richest member of Metallica? ›

Lars Ulrich is the richest Metallica member. Lars Ulrich's net worth approximately $355 million by 2022.

Who is the richest rock band of all time? ›

There are many music bands in the world, but only a few of them are really rich. So, who are the richest music bands in the world, According to a recent study richest music band in the world is The Beatles. The Beatles have a net worth of $2 billion. They are followed by U2, who have a net worth of $1.5 billion.

Who is the richest musician in the world? ›

1. Kanye West. The record for richest musician in the world 2022 is held by Kanye West who has accumulated his huge wealth through music, real estate and brand endorsement.

What does crib death mean? ›

(krib deth) A disorder marked by the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy child who is younger than one year old, usually during sleep. The cause of crib death is not known. Also called SIDS and sudden infant death syndrome.

Who was Metallica inspired by? ›

Influenced by the late 1970's new wave of British heavy metal bands including Iron Maiden and Diamond Head, Metallica was formed in 1981 by the Danish immigrant Lars Ulrich (1963), a drummer.

For Whom the Bell Tolls release date? ›

Is Metallica the biggest band ever? ›

They're the biggest band in the world,” says Another Planet Entertainment CEO Gregg Perloff, who has been promoting Metallica shows in the Bay Area for decades. “A lot of bands can claim to be — and certainly there are huge bands like U2 and the Rolling Stones.

Has Metallica ever had a number one hit? ›

1 song in four different decades — the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. Metallica's No. 1 Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs are: Until it Sleeps (1996); Hero of the Day (1996); Turn the Page (1998); No Leaf Clover (2000); I Disappear (2000); The Day That Never Comes (2008); Cyanide (2009); Hardwired (2016); Atlas, Rise!

Is Enter Sandman easy to learn? ›

Beginners will have difficulty with fast parts. To the extent that the interior guitar content of Enter Sandman is not fast, you could develop an idea that it is within reach of a beginner. However, you don't want to discourage the beginner with too much at once.

Is Master of Puppets hard to play? ›

Is it hard to play? Master Of Puppets is hard to play. That's because of its fast tempo (212 BPM) and downstrokes. It's all downstrokes, for which you have to have very strong wrist and advanced sense of rhythm.

Is Enter Sandman easy on guitar? ›

EASY GUITAR LESSON | ENTER SANDMAN by Metallica - YouTube

What is the heaviest metal? ›

Osmium is the most dense metal! Many people are familiar with lead (11.3 kg/L), but osmium is twice as dense (22.6 kg/L)! Each liter (about 1/4 gallon) of osmium weighs 22.6 kg (50 lbs). For comparison, each liter of water weighs only 1 kg (~2.2 lbs).

Is Kiss heavy metal? ›

Kiss is an American hard rock/heavy metal band. The band started in the 1970s. They formed in New York City on January 4th 1973. The original members are Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley.

Who is best heavy metal? ›

Top 10 Best Metal Bands Of All Time
  • Slipknot.
  • Cannibal Corpse. ...
  • Megadeth. ...
  • Judas Priest. ...
  • Helloween. ...
  • Metallica. ...
  • Iron Maiden. ...
  • Black Sabbath. ...
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Is Metallica bigger than the Beatles? ›

Since 2015, Metallica has sold more than 2 million albums in the U.S., putting the group ahead of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Who has the most #1 rock hits? ›

With a total of 18 songs, Shinedown hold the record for the most number-ones songs.

Who is the biggest band in the world? ›

As of 2020, according to Business Insider, The Beatles are at number one, having sold around 183 million units.

What is the oldest metal band? ›

According to popular opinion, Black Sabbath were the first metal band to exist, releasing their debut album in 1970, but many rock acts set up the devil's favorite genre by recording some seriously heavy tracks in the 1960s and even the '50s.

What is the heaviest band of all time? ›

Top 10 Heaviest bands of all time
  • Motörhead. A classic hitter, super intense for the time and they definitely set the standard for other bands and influenced many after them. ...
  • Slayer. ...
  • Pantera. ...
  • Death. ...
  • Cannibal Corpse. ...
  • Lil Thrash. ...
  • Gorguts. ...
  • Skinless.

Who are the top 3 early heavy metal bands? ›

A brief history of rock music: part one

The first heavy metal acts are considered to be Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, often referred to as the “unholy trinity”. Led Zeppelin released their self-titled debut in 1969, while Black Sabbath and Deep Purple put out influential records in 1970.

Is Enter Sandman about SIDS? ›

“Enter Sandman” holds the distinction of being the first song written (musically) for the album though the last on the project to actually have completed lyrics. This was due to the fact that originally the words, as penned by Hetfield, were based on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Is Enter Sandman hard to play? ›

Enter Sandman is not so hard to play. It requires an intermediate level of guitar playing. Guitar solo is not that hard, either, especially in comparison to other Metallica's solos. Enter Sandman is perhaps among the 'easier' songs in Metallica's repertoire.

Is Metallica black metal? ›

Metallica is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on August 12, 1991, by Elektra Records, it is commonly referred to as The Black Album because of its packaging design.
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Metallica (album)
Metallica
GenreHeavy metal
Length62:40
LabelElektra
ProducerJames Hetfield Bob Rock Lars Ulrich
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Who wrote Metallica Enter Sandman? ›

Enter Sandman

What does crib death mean? ›

(krib deth) A disorder marked by the sudden and unexpected death of a healthy child who is younger than one year old, usually during sleep. The cause of crib death is not known. Also called SIDS and sudden infant death syndrome.

What was Metallica's first song? ›

In early 1982, Metallica recorded its first original song, "Hit the Lights", for the Metal Massacre I compilation. Hetfield played bass, rhythm guitar and sang while Lloyd Grant was credited with a guitar solo and Lars Ulrich played drums.

Who was Metallica inspired by? ›

Influenced by the late 1970's new wave of British heavy metal bands including Iron Maiden and Diamond Head, Metallica was formed in 1981 by the Danish immigrant Lars Ulrich (1963), a drummer.

Is Enter Sandman easy to learn? ›

Beginners will have difficulty with fast parts. To the extent that the interior guitar content of Enter Sandman is not fast, you could develop an idea that it is within reach of a beginner. However, you don't want to discourage the beginner with too much at once.

Is Master of Puppets hard to play? ›

Is it hard to play? Master Of Puppets is hard to play. That's because of its fast tempo (212 BPM) and downstrokes. It's all downstrokes, for which you have to have very strong wrist and advanced sense of rhythm.

Is Enter Sandman easy on guitar? ›

EASY GUITAR LESSON | ENTER SANDMAN by Metallica - YouTube

What is Metallica's best-selling song? ›

Expectedly, the big one is Metallica. Enter Sandman is the leader thanks to its near 4.5 million US sales out of a 6 million total. It's only one of the 3 songs from the album which feature more often than not inside iTunes' extended Top 1500.

Who has the most records sold all time? ›

Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales.

Who used Enter Sandman first Rivera or Wagner? ›

He worked around a hit and closed out a 3-2 Mets victory over the Nationals on April 3, 2006. There was only one problem, though. Wagner entered the game with Metallica's “Enter Sandman” playing from the Shea Stadium speakers. Mariano Rivera had used “Enter Sandman” for nearly a decade at that point.

Is Enter Sandman grunge? ›

Share All sharing options for: '60 Songs That Explain the '90s': “Enter Sandman” Was Metallica's Triumphant Crossover. Grunge.

Did Motorhead cover Enter Sandman? ›

As we mourn the death of one of rock and roll's greatest frontmen, Lemmy Kilmister, we take a look back at the singer's fierce vocals on Motorhead's 1998 cover of Metallica's "Enter Sandman," one of heavy metal's most-covered songs.

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