Metallica wanted justice for all, and we’re still waiting for it

Graffiti in Teheran

One of the best Metallica’s albums “…And Justice for All” was released on August 25th, 1988.
It’s been a long time, almost 30 years. Approximately half of a human lifetime. Good albums live much longer. This one will probably live forever.

It was their fourth studio album, and the first one with Jason Newsted on bass guitar. That role had been Cliff Burton’s for a long time until he passed away in 1986. Unfair, but Lady Justice has always had a peculiar understanding of justice. And that’s exactly how she was shown on the album’s cover – in ropes, bribed with money, powerless.

The lyrics are about all those political issues we’re facing these days as well as 30 years ago: war, censorship, corruption. Seems like nothing has changed.

Most of the people were forced to notice that justice is powerless, so that may be the reason why the album we’re talking about was so well accepted. But let’s not focus just on that aspect. The album presented us with high-quality music and complex songs. The critics recognised that, as well as the fans. No wonder it was the band’s best-selling album, compared to the previous ones. It was different, they were boldly experimenting with the songs’ structure, and they made something precious.

“…And Justice for All” is really an indispensable part of Metallica’s discography, no one can argue that. And we can identify with the problems it was focused on even now, because, like we said, nothing really changed.

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