The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

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Metallica, '...And Justice for All' (1988)
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21. Metallica, '...And Justice for All' (1988)

Released in August 1988, the hotly anticipated …And Justice For All was an album of "firsts" for Metallica. The band's first double album, Justice was also their first full-length to feature new bassist Jason Newsted – though the record's mid-range–y mix rendered much of his playing less than audible – and it was their first to land in the Billboard Top 10; it also gave them their first Top 40 single, the anti-war epic "One," for which the band filmed their debut music video. The ambitiously sprawling arrangements of songs like "The Frayed Ends of Sanity," "To Live is to Die" and the nearly 10-minute title track marked both the apex of Metallica's progressive-thrash phase and its last gasp; worn out by having to reproduce the album's complex material onstage, the band would shift to a more straightforward, stripped-down approach for 1991's Metallica. "We took the Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets concept as far as we could take it [with Justice]," drummer Lars Ulrich reflected in a 2008 interview with MTV News. "There was no place else to go with the progressive, nutty, sideways side of Metallica, and I'm so proud of the fact that, in some way, that album is kind of the epitome of that progressive side of us up through the '80s." D.E.

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