(Copyright 1999. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

April 5, 1999

--- REVIEW ---

Metallica's 'Garage Inc.' runs, but needs a tune up

The Tattoo

Metallica has done it again. They've put out another
album to rock the charts and seize back the love from
their moshing fans since their last two releases,
ReLoad and Load disappointed many. So this was
going to be their huge comeback. They made
appearances, they did interviews, all to bulk up Garage
Inc. All to get back their prior hard metal reputations.

It didn't work. If anything, it drove them into the
perpetual hole that they have been digging since '96.

At first glance Garage Inc. looks promising. Its two-
CD cover pictures Metallica looking, well, grungy.
Plus any hard rock fan recognizes at least some of the
songs they are covering on this CD.

Back to the songs. Some artists featured are Black
Sabbath, the innovators of rock as we know it; Bob
Seeger, and some others who obviously caught
Metallica's interest in one form or another. On the
second disc there are songs from some of Metallica's
earliest albums, Garage Days revisited from 84 and
87, B Sides and One-Offs from 88 to 91, all three
albums being hard to find items or simply no longer
available. My first reaction is that this could have
promise, especially with songs like "Blitzkrieg" that
are considered to be in the list of greatest Metallica
hits. I was wrong. The second CD was good -- VERY
good actually -- but the first CD took away what little
faith I still had in Metallica as a "heavy" band. The
only good songs were "Turn the Page," "Die Die my
Darling," and "Loverman."  I couldn't even sit through
"Whiskey in the Jar," and yes there was another
country song that brought back memories of Load.

If you have 20 bucks and want to listen to the second
CD off of Garage Days Inc. then I recommend that
you buy this. However if you are still aching over
Reload then take a break from Garage Inc. until you
can muster the strength to listen with an open mind.