I never really liked too much metal until my birthday in 1999. My friend purchased me the WCW Mayhem CD, and one of the songs on it was a live version of Metallica's classic "Seek and Destroy". I was hooked. I heard this wonderful song on the radio of Metallica playing with a Symphony Orchestra... I bougth that album after I heard they were mostly songs from their older albums. I picked the songs off that CD that I liked (mainly Sad but True, Enter Sandman, and Nothing Else Matters) and I found the CD they were on and bought it. I thought that it was the best CD in the world. Soon after I listend too it for the eight millionth time, I got Ride the Lightning. I was blown away, it sounded like a different band. The songs were longer with more change within the songs. I soon bought Puppets, Killem' All, and ...AJFA. I couldn't belive how much better these albums were than the one I thought oringally was best. I bought Load and thought that except for a couple songs, it didn't hold a candle to any of the first four. Than I got to reading in on the subject and discovered what happened... they switched producers. Bob Rock. Load and Reload were kind of bad enough, but I think St Anger took the cake. The songs themselves are not bad (I liked the album). The ideas behind it were what really bugged me. They have so much money, so much recording equpiment, and they TRY to sound like they are a garage band getting together for the first time. They went as far as taking pride in the fact that the album sounded like dog****! I kind of view it as trying to be something you are not, which actually makes it worse. The same effect as John Kerry parading around as a goose hunter, or getting your pleather jackets and trucking your Harley into Sturgis to walk around and be a badass for a few hours. In a word, sellout. I honestly think Bob Rock was the death of a very good thing, the spark that used to be Metallica. I used to defend them against the sellout calls, but I can't any longer. If all of this is bad enough, they have to tour with Slipknot and Limp Bizkit. Thats just the icing on the cake. Sorry, this was a topic with my friends as I went out to eat and I had to get it out somewhere.