Metallica's '…And Justice for All' at 30: Metal Bands Reflect on the Album's Towering Legacy


When Cliff Burton was killed in a September 1986 bus crash, Metallica didn't simply lose their bassist — they misplaced a brother and a finest good friend. 

For the surviving members Metallica, trauma was very a lot contemporary on their minds after they entered the studio to start work on their subsequent album, …And Justice For All. The group had a brand new bassist, Jason Newsted the underrated Arizona prog metallic outfit Flotsam and Jetsam, who had beforehand recorded The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited with the group. However, for Justice, Newsted's bass was combined down to close inaudible ranges whereas the guitars and drums reverberated in a toast-dry tone. For the final 30 years, theories, conspiracies and criticisms have swirled across the the explanation why they made that decision, in addition to the incessant ribbing the bassist would get from the band. But you don't want to look at a documentary to know on a human degree how deeply and psychologically the sudden loss of life Burton impacted James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and particularly Kirk Hammett, who misplaced a guess with Cliff about who received the highest bunk on the ill-fated tour bus. Truthfully, they may have had Jaco Pastorius or Geddy Lee as their new bass participant and the bass-muffling actions would most likely have remained the identical. 

Unfortunately, it’s the “…And Justice for Jason” facet the story behind …And Justice for All that has appeared to overshadow the unbridled brilliance these 9 songs, epic commentaries on battle ("One"), governmental imposition (“Eye the Beholder”), societal dysfunction (“The Shortest Straw”), environmental doom (“Blackened”), psychological fragility (“Frayed Ends Sanity”) and ethical decay (“Harvester Sorrow”) with King Crimson-esque time modifications and colourful classical guitar prospers that helped usher metallic into a brand new period creativity.

Another facet the album's historical past that generally overshadows its root majesty is the way it misplaced the very first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental to Jethro Tull. (Mind you, Crest a Knave, the English prog band's 1987 LP that beat out Justice, is definitely Tull's finest since Heavy Horses, however under no circumstances ought to it have bested this 65-minute metallic odyssey in that class.)

Listening to …And Justice for All in 2018, we’re reminded not solely the seismic shift in inventive path these 9 songs dropped at the Metallica legacy, however their bravery in piercing the veil grief that engulfed the band of their darkest hour. To emerge with a file that many followers argue is the group’s singular masterpiece was a titanic present resilience within the face sudden tragedy. 

Metallica’s label Blackened Recordings just lately introduced a Nov. 2 launch date for the Justice reissue marketing campaign, as soon as once more made out there in a myriad editions from the no-frills remastered version on CD and 180 gram vinyl to a three-CD expanded version to the one-pressing-only restricted version deluxe field set. And if you happen to thought the units for Ride the Lightning and Master Puppets have been spectacular, this monolith devoted to …And Justice for All is a feast for the attention any beholder. At 11 CDs and 4 DVDs, this assortment dives deep into the whirlwind two years surrounding Justice, gathering interviews, demos, tough mixes, riffs and a metric ton dwell materials various fidelities culled from the band’s Damaged Justice tour. There’s additionally the “One” 10-inch vinyl image disc with Pushead’s iconic art work, patches, a Pushead tour shirt print, a tour laminate, lyric sheets and a 120-page hardcover guide simply loaded with beforehand unseen images. Just take a couple of minutes to look at Kirk Hammett’s unboxing video  the set and contract his giddy anticipation poring over its innards.

In honor its 30th anniversary, Billboard has gathered reflections from a spread artists in rock, punk, metallic and past about this very particular recording and the impression it introduced upon every their lives.

Metallica are within the studio recording …And Justice For All. Everyone at Elektra data could be very excited to listen to this so what do Metallica do? They ship a triple risk tour de power masterpiece. At the time, this wound up being their greatest promoting album up to now. – Michael Alago, former Elektra A&R man who signed Metallica

When I entered my teenage years, Metallica was my entire world. A good friend mine named Tony Clark had an older brother that was a metalhead. Whenever he was out, Tony would sneak into his room and pilfer data for me to borrow and take heed to earlier than returning them unnoticed earlier than his brother received house. The very first thing he lent me was the Garage Days EP and my life was modified endlessly. I grew to become obsessive about this band. I used to be all the time into various kinds music however there was one thing endearing and trustworthy about 4 dudes with no gimmick apart from ripping your face f with superior riffs / songs. Around this time the video for "One" premiered on MuchMusic and I might obsessively watch the channel and soak in something I might concerning the band. The means they defined the method making a music video for "One" was so cool, and it’s nonetheless such an intense idea to at the present time. These guys had all of it, the riffs, the angle and finest all inventive integrity to do no matter they needed. A couple of months later my mother and father went on a trip to Atlantic City and returned with two cassettes for me one which was Metallica’s …And Justice For All (the opposite was State Of Euphoria by Anthrax). I wore that tape ragged mesmerized by the advanced but all the time memorable preparations and Kirk Hammett's extremely emotive guitar solos. It's all the time held a particular place in my coronary heart and its affect rings true to at the present time (the intro to "Fallen To Destroy" is considerably an homage to how "Blackened" begins on AJFA). – Domenic Romeo, Integrity

…And Justice for All, for me, might be Metallica’s best hour. I like the preparations, the snare and chug rolls which dot the album are each so catchy and machine gun-like. The actually scooped manufacturing, ten maligned, really for me is one the cool traits this file, it bestows the music with this chilly harshness, which sounds fairly sinister. As for the songs, “Blackened” is one their best openers, and “Dyer’s Eve” is certainly their finest nearer, and doubtless essentially the most intense piece Metallica ever wrote. The title observe is a behemoth a tune which completely matches the wonderful cowl artwork. And lastly, I feel that center melody part in “To Live is to Die” is, to me, essentially the most fully glorious couple minutes music Metallica ever recorded. Majestic, highly effective, mournful, and monumental. – John Kevill, Warbringer

That album and the “One” video modified my life! I need to’ve solely been 5 years previous, however it consumed me. Especially having MTV again then, it was on on a regular basis. I used to be fortunate sufficient to see them on this tour and it was, to at the present time, essentially the most unbelievable present I’ve ever seen! It undoubtedly despatched me on the trail I’m immediately. Most traditional metallic ever in my view." – Richie Cavalera, Incite

I used to be first turned onto …And Justice For All by the video for “One,” which 30 years later, remains to be one essentially the most politically and emotionally highly effective movies I’ve seen; and Justice, itself, is overwhelmingly political. At the time that the video got here out, I wasn’t that accustomed to the 1971 World War I movie Johnny Got His Gun, and it was the primary time, exterior photos in my massive assortment rock and metallic magazines, I’d ever seen the band carry out. Beyond the movie clips, what stored my consideration was the interaction sorrowful acoustic interludes from Kirk Hammett between the heavy riffs, Hetfield’s vast and dominating stance and Lars Ulrich’s staccato navy fills. Altogether, it created this stunning, tremendous hyper-masculine creation that excited and scared me on the identical time. Hetfield captured the panic and vulnerability the unvoiced and limbless soldier and, by that efficiency, he was capable of seize the soldier’s panic whereas questioning the the explanation why he ended up within the state of affairs he was in. Never being direct by explicitly stating their political views, the band didn’t should fer a direct message to problem the nationalistic assumption American Exceptionalism by any means mandatory. By taking over the persona somebody who served his nation and thru his agony, needs to pay the final word value, Hetfield countered the prevailing narratives that assert masculinity whereas eschewing vulnerability and “weak point” that no (it was thought) American soldier ought to ever really feel. It's fascinating what number of modern metallic followers whine that politics haven’t any place in heavy metallic. In hindsight, I suppose it depends upon who’s pontificating over the present state affairs. – Laina Dawes, writer What are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal

Man, …And Justice For All had such an infinite impression on me rising up. I received into music, and metallic particularly, at a really younger age. I turned 7 towards the top 1986 and Master Puppets was all I listened to again then. But I keep in mind when the video for “One” got here out on MTV. Finally I received to see what my heroes regarded like after they performed! I might draw them and their brand on all my notebooks and restaurant placemats. I might draw the shit out James Hetfield’s white ESP Explorer at 9 years previous, haha. I keep in mind the day my dad lastly took me to the mall to get the tape in ‘88. The anticipation was killing me. The album didn’t disappoint and it pummeled my little thoughts and eardrums. It was darkish, heavy, bleak and matched completely with the brutal, snowy winters we had in Wisconsin. It was excellent. It’s STILL excellent. I’ve Metallica and this album to thank for setting me on the trail that finally led me to my goals. A real masterpiece. 11/10. – Josh Portman, Yellowcard

I heard it earlier than it was out. I used to be driving in a automobile, I imagine, within the Netherlands with a good friend mine who was the editor referred to as Aardschok, which was a Dutch metallic publication. My good friend Mike, who nonetheless runs that journal, he had an advance the file and we have been driving in his automobile and he didn’t even inform me what it was. He simply put it on and “Blackened” kicked in, and I used to be like, ‘Wait, what is that this? Isn’t this Metallica?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah.’ Then I mentioned, ‘What is that this, like a demo the brand new album or one thing?’; as a result of the manufacturing sounded bizarre to me, to be trustworthy. And he was like, ‘No, that is the album. They despatched it to us to assessment for the journal.’ But when “Blackened” kicked in, I used to be fully blown away by the tune. I gotta admit, although, I used to be confused by the manufacturing. But the an increasing number of I take heed to it once I received the file when it got here out, a manufacturing like that for every other band would have individuals going what the hell is that this. But by some means these guys, as soon as once more considering on one other degree, no matter it was they have been going for it labored for these songs. When I hear these songs now, it makes full sense to me, and that’s the way in which these songs must sound. If you took …And Justice for All and remixed it so it could sound extra like Master Puppets or like “The Black Album,” I don’t know if it could work with these songs. Suddenly, all of it made sense to me, and once more, it was the case these guys taking a left flip at a time in 1988 when lots thrash bands all sounded not related however extra streamlined. There was a sure formulation to what a thrash file would sound like in 1988, and so they veered f into a brand new path earlier than anyone else did, proving as soon as once more why they’re Metallica. – Scott Ian, Anthrax

Metallica's …And Justice for All is my favourite Metallica album. I don't suppose it's their finest album. Ride the Lightning and Master Puppets are arguably higher albums, however Justice is my favourite on a private degree. I initially owned it on cassette, which was a preferred format at the moment. It was one a handful tapes I might really hear over the sound a lawnmower. (My brother and I dubbed this musical sub-genre "lawnmower rock".) I'm positive listening to Justice on my Sony Mega Bass Walkman whereas mowing lawns is basically accountable for my tinnitus. The combine on Justice is…how ought to I put this…unconventional. The kick drum is combined tremendous loud and with extra treble/assault than the snare drum. The drums are tremendous dry, too. Very up entrance. Someone as soon as instructed me that Lars combined the album, which could clarify why the drums sound the way in which they do. I don't suppose any pressional combine engineer would have made these inventive combine selections on their very own. The guitars are additionally very dry but sound closely processed by some means. And, course, the bass has been completely faraway from the combination. No concept if that is true, however I all the time imagined that transfer was a tribute to Cliff Burton. The temper the album could be very, very darkish. Maybe additionally a response to dropping Cliff? I can solely speculate. Metallica have been on the brink super-stardom and have been on the high their sport. "One" was a giant hit for them and introduced them into the mainstream MTV. That video was performed time and again the summer time 1988. I didn't go to see them on that tour, however I want I had. I had buddies who did and so they have been deaf for days following the present. My spouse really noticed them on that tour in Vancouver, BC. She nonetheless has a tour sweatshirt from the present! When the Black Album got here out I felt completely betrayed. How had they misplaced the thread so fully? Why are the songs so sluggish? Is this even the identical band?! WTF?!!! I completely wrote them f after that. It was an enormous bummer. One my favourite bands was now useless to me. Total promote outs. Oh properly. At least we nonetheless have …And Justice for All. – Phil Manley, Trans Am/Life Coach

…And Justice for All for me was a bittersweet file in time. Saddened by the loss Cliff Burton, but proud our Bay Area metallic kings METALLICA! The file swirled with contemporary, new manufacturing concepts; so compressed sounding and over-the-top dryness in all areas together with guitars. There was no room left for the bass guitar, which was bizarre however labored. This was their first established arena-era world tour! Their success up till that time limit was completed with out smoking mirrors or any trade norms (movies on MTV). When they launched their first video for MTV (“One”) it grew to become an enormous hit! Its success would make them an MTV for years to return. This album is a masterpiece for positive by Metallica, and I wouldn’t thoughts a remix this file with Jason’s precise bass tracks, hmmm? – Eric Peterson, Testament/Dragonlord

…And Justice for All was one the primary albums I ever purchased, means again when file shops have been nonetheless an actual factor. It was one my first introductions to Metallica and heavy metallic. All I knew Metallica at that time was their radio stuff, like “Enter Sandman” and “Whisky within the Jar,” however one my buddies stored telling me their previous stuff was totally different, and that I needed to take heed to it. Well think about my shock once I placed on Justice, and was blown away. Needless to say I ripped f all of the sleeves from all my T-shirts and immediately grew to become a grimy metallic head. It's a extremely cool factor too, as a result of about decade later, Striker ended up supporting Metallica after they filmed their film Through the Never! You by no means know what path music can lead you down, or what decisions it can enable you make. It made me need to decide up a guitar and be a part of a band! – Tim Brown, Striker

…And Justice For All is such a technically over-the-top, super-pissed file. Everything about it screams frustration and rage, rightfully so contemplating the circumstances they have been coping with going into the studio. Growing up watching Metallica on MTV and making an attempt to be taught the solo to “One” got here full circle after we performed over 100 reveals with them on their World Magnetic Tour. Getting to see them play “Blackened” and “Harvester Sorrow” on a nightly foundation was such a visit for the 25 yr previous me, and when The Sword coated Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat” on that tour solely to appreciate that the guitar solo in that tune is identical solo as “One” was one thing I’ll always remember. Long dwell the Kings! – Kyle Shutt, The Sword

Metallica’s …And Justice for All not solely impressed me to pursue a profession in music, however the file actually saved my life. When I used to be 15 years previous enjoying drums in a metallic cowl band in Long Island, a gnarly, tattooed metal employee wasted on god is aware of what determined I had insulted him after I misheard one thing he mentioned. This 250 pound man grabs my shirt, pulls me as much as his solar burned face, and barks at me, threatening to beat me up. I attempted pacify the state of affairs by discovering widespread floor. Turns out, he was an enormous Metallica fan. I mentioned I used to be sorry if I had fended him, and recommended my band play “One” to make it as much as him. He was nonetheless pissed as hell, however nodded in settlement. Thankfully we nailed the tune be aware for be aware, he flashed a smile in approval earlier than tearing out the door to hurry f on his Harley, and I lived to play one other day. – Charlie Schmid, Del Judas

I’ll always remember the primary time I noticed the video for “One.” It was spring 1992, and I used to be 11 years previous. The Black Album had come out in the summertime ‘91, and people movies have been already in heavy rotation on MTV. Up to that point, they have been the one Metallica songs that I used to be accustomed to. Strangely, “One” got here on within the center the afternoon that day, quite than throughout Headbanger’s Ball, which is once I would have anticipated to see some classic thrash. Regardless, I used to be stoked. I had heard older Metallica was nice…heavier, with longer songs than the Black Album singles…and this was my probability to see what it was all about (1992 = no web streaming companies)! The video completely disturbed me, a lot in order that for weeks I couldn’t get the movie photos and overdubbed narrations from Johnny Got His Gun out my head. The solely means I might take care of how disturbed I used to be to always joke with my buddies concerning the line, “I’m similar to a bit meat that retains on residing.” So darkish! I must also be aware that it was the primary time that I had seen a drummer play with a double bass drum. That floored me! A yr or so later, I purchased …And Justice For All and cherished it. I used to be finding out jazz trumpet on the time, and plenty of the older musicians who I used to be talking with would make feedback about how rock music was so monotonous and rhythmically boring. I might play them the title observe, with all its temper and time signature modifications, to show them mistaken. Although it isn’t as a lot a metallic Master-piece as Metallica’s earlier full size, …And Justice For All remains to be an incredible spin, bass or no bass. – Tim Byrnes, Kayo Dot/Stern

Before Hetfield went full mullet, Metallica launched a juggernaut with …And Justice for All. It was a teenage guitarists dream tutorial monster thrash riffing and preparations. The manufacturing felt only a bit colder than its predecessor Master Puppets, and that suited me tremendous. Revisiting the album 30 years later I used to be stunned at how musical and melodic the songs really are. Now if we might simply get them to make one other album with Flemming Rasmussen…. – Jason Corbett, ACTORS

In the '80s in NYC, there was a preferred West Village punk/metallic bar on MacDougal Street referred to as The Scrap Bar. In NYC, the dearth any actual municipal curiosity in upholding the ingesting age legal guidelines at the moment made it tremendous simple for me to get in, regardless that I used to be solely 17, 18 yrs previous. So I’d go there and get exuberantly wired and drunk, take heed to metallic at ache quantity, attempt to get laid, and failing that, simply play the Centipede machine that they had within the again. One summer time night time in 1988, round 1am, I used to be there simply doing my common factor and in walked James Hetfield… uh, HOLY SHIT! I used to be shocked and starstruck, having been an enormous Metallica fan since ’83. They have been gods to me, mainly. Cliff had died two years earlier than, so there was gigantic anticipation amongst everybody I knew about their “return” file. So, with all this in thoughts, I attempted to plot my method to him, however was so nervous that I couldn’t, for the life me, determine a option to begin a dialog that didn’t appear ridiculous… But, after like 45 minutes, and fearing he would possibly go away earlier than I attempted, I lastly mustered up the braveness to go attempt to speak to him, and that is what occurred: 

ME: (feverishly, clumsily, and with out introducing myself) “What’s the title your new album?!”

JAMES: (a bemused pause) “What’s your title?” 

ME: “Um… Timo?” 

JAMES: “Timo Rocks.” 

And then he walked away. Needless to say, I felt completely idiotic and humiliated. Afterwards I feel I simply felt stoked that I’d even “talked” to him, and I’m fairly positive I misrepresented this trade to all my buddies as not being anyplace close to as goy because it really was. Now, I’d say, “Hey James! Turn up the fucking bass guitar!” ("Blackened" remains to be my jam, although.) – Timo Ellis, Netherlands

Listened to …And Justice for All for the primary time again in center faculty. Hadn't got here throughout a file that abrasive and pissed f earlier than. It kickstarted my obsession with bizarre ass tempo shifts and heavy metallic gallops. Two issues I'm nonetheless obsessive about immediately. I keep in mind my buddy throwing it on in his basement proper after we discovered a dumpster full cigarette cartons and porno mags. Ended up being the soundtrack to a bunch 12 yr olds chain smoking and buying and selling soiled ass magazines. That entire weekend, the within my mouth tasted like I had sucked f an exhaust pipe. Thank you Metallica, for the sore throat and tinnitus. Fantastic recollections. – Mike Gustafson, Bummer

1997, I used to be 12. I had solely simply gotten into music exterior online game soundtracks. I began as a diehard Nirvana fan however mutated rapidly in direction of Metallica. Sadly, not one of the best yr to get into the band. I, sigh, actually actually cherished "Unforgiven 2" and needed to dive deeper. My cooler "buddies" referred to as me a poseur and a pretend, and I, determined to slot in did some analysis and purchased Justice on CD from Best Buy. I form hated it. Well, "Blackened" was and is my favourite Metallica tune, however past that I used to be simply confused. It sounded bizarre in a means I couldn't articulate for years (WHERE IS JASON?!), and it gave me complications. I by no means even made it to "Dyer's Eve." I might simply get misplaced within the slog that’s facet 2. For years I didn't get it. The title observe dominated, however it's like 9 minutes lengthy. What the shit? Everything other than my valuable "Blackened" was sluggish and fucked. I HATED IT. Granted I additionally didn’t get Kill 'Em All till I used to be in my early 20s, however this was a distinct beast. Despite all of it, the album caught round turning into essentially the most beat up and unplayable CD I owned, skipping ridiculously as, years later, I tried to discover ways to play the primary 4 songs on guitar. When I used to be in my early 20s I took mushrooms with some buddies and FREAKED out. It was a tough day and a extremely shitty time in my improvement however it kickstarted my rediscovery metallic which I had deserted in my late teenagers as I explored music that was created earlier than the '80s. From that second forth Metallica's early shit all made sense however Justice STILL didn't resonate with me. "What is that this sluggish plodding shit?!" I might bark at anybody prepared to interact in my arguments the supposed best metallic band all time. I honed farther in; "The first three albums," I mentioned, "that's the place it's at, and even then I don't care about most  Puppets." So, I am going even deeper, I'm like, "Fuck every part after Ride the Lightning (BatteryPuppets, and "Blackened" excluded, course)." At this level nobody will speak to me, "Blasphemy," they are saying. "Your opinion is mistaken," they are saying, however I stand agency. "NO!" I retort, "It is you who’re mistaken!" Time has solely strengthened my convictions. Justice stays essentially the most baffling album from my youth that I nonetheless take heed to, or actually reference if something. It sounds horrible (…And Justice for Jason fixes some these points), it's nonetheless fully lopsided and the second half bums me out to no finish, however holy fucking fuck "Blackened" is as they are saying, the top. It is brutal, it’s most likely one of the best Metallica tune and it slays so goddamn exhausting that it pulls the remainder the album out the doldrums and into my coronary heart. But regardless of how far I am going, this fucking file turns into a dialog with fellow metallic heads. We are equally perplexed by the opposite's adamant arguments as to the worthiness or shittiness  it, however one factor that can’t be denied is that it is vital. What different album might probably invoke this degree scrutiny? – Zack Weil, Oozing Wound

The "One" video was my introduction to Metallica again in '89. It was additionally my introduction to double bass drumming, properly possibly "Hot for Teacher" was, however this grabbed my consideration a lot quicker. Van Halen was tremendous/enjoyable however I received far more obsessive about Metallica as years went on. I used to be barely 12 years previous when this album dropped. My mother and father didn't need me watching MTV so I needed to sneak in viewings. Luckily the "One" video was on repeat day by day so I received so see it a bunch. It was actually like nothing else i had seen or heard earlier than. I wasn't allowed to have their data but, however a childhood bud down the road had it together with a large "And Justice For All" banner he hung above his mattress and coated his complete ceiling. I/we thought it was the good shit and it was. I might sleep over at his home on the common and we’d go to sleep to "And Justice…" on his CD participant increase field. If reminiscence is right, my following birthday in eighth grade was when my buddies purchased me their again catalogue on cassette. I wore these tapes out through the years; so many recollections sitting in my previous bed room, in entrance the stereo and enjoying the primary for albums always. …And Justice was first although. I can't assist however suppose it had an enduring impact on me and the way I gravitated to enjoying music and desirous to be in additional unconventional bands. – Larry Herweg, Pelican

…And Justice For All was the soundtrack for each air guitar solo on a tennis racket in entrance a mirror for many European children within the late '80s, and we have been no exception. Most hardcore followers say it’s their favourite album however sadly for us, its greatest hit was ruined endlessly in our minds by this wonderful shred, which makes it then inconceivable to look at the "One" video solemnly. So much individuals suppose our band title is a nod to this file, which it isn’t, however our social networks suffix “etjusticepourtous” is, and for that we wanna thank James, Kirk, Lars and Jason warmly. – Justice

My sister, Sunday Rose, was in a cloud Aqua Net once I first heard this gem. She was the metallic head the family. Slayer and Sepultura posters shrouded the partitions her small room and I'd ten creep in when she left for highschool to steal a cassette for my Walkman. Whatever I received my fingers on (normally picked by cowl artwork) would rating the terrorism I’d inflict on the neighborhood that day. I recall rushing out and in the mazes the row house blocks on the pegs my fellow degenerate buddies shit bicycle whereas blaring “Blackened” by low-cost trebly headphones that when on most quantity, would really be painful on the ears. As we headed to the tracks to throw rocks on the passing trains, ventured into deserted buildings, or cruised the Ave throwing flour and eggs on the pimps, tips, and junkies, the top that entire summer time was owned by Metallica and …And Justice for All. – Nicky Palermo, Nothing

…And Justice for All has been, and can all the time be, my favourite Metallica album. I spent the summer time ‘93 rewinding that tape time and again in my mother and father' basement, gazing a Cherry Hill guitar tab guide making an attempt to grasp all these riffs. It was so totally different in comparison with all the opposite metallic I used to be listening to on the time. I discover some new concord, or interaction between the guitars each time I take heed to it. If riffs are king, this album is God. Happy 30th Birthday, …And Justice for All. – Nathan Garnette, Skeletonwitch

…And Justice for All is as unbelievable as it’s insane. The sheer ambition and magnitude the songwriting nonetheless impresses, even out historic context. The densely layered guitars, shifting rhythms, and time signatures (my god the time signatures!) go away me extra perplexed than the time Lars and Kirk appeared disproportionately excited to satisfy ME! Turns out they thought I used to be a member Beatallica. hahaha!" – Scott Hedrick, Skeletonwitch

…And Justice for All brings me again to being exterior in my yard with my brothers on their home made skateboard ramp. It made me suppose that what cool children did was take heed to Metallica. I additionally keep in mind that when my older brother actually received into this album he determined he needed to color his room black…and my mother and father have been like, completely not, you may paint it child blue. And so he did. – BETS

I used to be 11 years previous. My mom tasked me with the world’s most insufferable chore…mowing the garden. Luckily, there have been two components working in my favor. My household owned an previous driving mower and I used to be about to take my first crack at an album I used to be very enthusiastic about. Metallica's …And Justice for All was all cued up on what’s now the world’s oldest MP3 participant. I began the mower and took f at high pace (eight miles an hour.) I hit play. "Blackened" took too lengthy to get began so i skipped it. The title observe hit me and it was essentially the most wonderful factor I had ever heard. I regarded down at my MP3 participant. It had a little bit digital show that scrolled extremely slowly. I stared at it as Metallica glided by, then went the album title. The tune title was subsequent. Before I noticed …And Justice for All was additionally the title the observe, I crashed right into a tree. The album made a huge effect on me and my household's landscaping gear. – Mark Quinlan, Hop Along

…And Justice for All was the primary Metallica cassette I purchased. Keep in thoughts, this was again earlier than the Black Album after they grew to become a mainstream MTV band and pastel-wearing women started listening to them. At the time Justice, individuals thought you have been a burnout or a metalhead if you happen to listened to bands like Metallica. I keep in mind enjoying them in my dorm room and this obnoxious jock walked by and mentioned I didn’t appear to be “the sort” to take heed to Metallica. I used to be blown away the primary time I noticed the video for “One” with these somber, dramatic scenes from the battle movie Johnny Got His Gun. Justice was their final thrash metallic album (till Death Magnetic) and in songs like “Frayed Ends Sanity,” I used to be struck by the intelligent hooks beneath the crunching chords and virtuoso licks. I noticed them on the Orange County Speedway in Middletown on that tour and regardless that I used to be not but accustomed to most their again catalog it was an important live performance; surprisingly accessible. I similar to every kind good music. I ought to say I feel I additionally noticed Chuck Mangione that summer time as properly. – Rob Kirkpatrick, writer 1969: The Year Everything Changed

I grew up an solely little one so I didn’t have an older sibling to introduce me to music that my mother and father might have deemed “inappropriate." I keep in mind listening to about Metallica by a good friend in school and secretly digging by their discography, borrowing data and hiding them so my mother and father wouldn’t see, the joys which lent to my giddiness in enjoying their music. …And Justice for All was in contrast to something I had ever heard. Aggressive, heavy, unapologetic. The materials was dense and the songs lengthy; “Blackened" because the advanced opener adopted by the just about ten-minute lengthy majestic title observe was sensible. Needless to say, it completely opened my thoughts to totally different kinds music, and altered my views on writing and performing in an genuine voice. I’ve Metallica to thank for that. – Lea Cappelli aka L’FREAQ​

The video for “One” was precisely what each Metallica fan hoped for; being their first video, it was past excellent that they selected to disregard present developments on the time and went very darkish. I used to be actually speechless the primary time I noticed it. The complete method was so unique. One would suppose all of the dialogue from the film Johnny Got His Gun intertwined into the observe would possibly smash the musical masterpiece. However, it simply fully enhanced it. It felt like an enormous assertion from the band signifying, “We should not right here for the celebrity, we take dangers, and we’re fucking pissed.” I’d go as far to say it’s one of the best heavy metallic video all time. — John Boecklin, Bad Wolves