Parenthood, maturity and purification themes in “Load” and “ReLoad” lyrics.

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Even though I couldn’t find lyrics credits for these two albums, James Hetfield reportedly was the only author of Metallica’s lyrics up to the St. Anger era, so this short essay is going to be about Hetfield as a songwriter during the controversial era of Load.

His lyrics up to this point are quite juvenile: inspired in movies he liked, sleazy beating songs, political rants. In …and justice for all and their self-titled the lyrics are somewhat more mature but they still don’t reach the plateau that is the Load era.

The nineties are strolling by and after two years of an endless and insanely successful tour, Metallica is back home. After five years from the release of the Black Album, Load sees the light, when Hetfield is in his early thirties.

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