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Metallica: Vinyl Reissues – The Complete Studio Albums

Album Review

Blackened is the end: heavyweight reissues from the heavyweight masters.

Arriving with a thud on the mat, with far more bottom end than ...And Justice For All, there’s a satisfying heft to Metallica’s back catalogue, in both size and weight, that eminently befits the density of the music it contains. With a relatively convoluted provenance – different pressings of various masters have appeared over the years – and leaving the minutiae of respective audiophile merits to those fonder of such things, the versions here appear on the band’s own Blackened imprint, created in 2012 when they reclaimed their catalogue from Warners.


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