Musically, Metallica’s …And Justice for All is one of my favorite albums ever. Production-wise, almost the exact opposite is true.
Tales have been told for years about the almost complete absence of bass on the album, but that’s really not even my biggest problem with it. No, my problem with it is something about which I know pretty much nothing, at least on the surface–the drum sounds. Whereas the later St. Anger (Not even Metallica’s worst album, by the way, [That would be Load] let alone “Worst album ever!” like a lot of people want you to believe…but I digress) suffered from the problem of Lars Ulrich using a wide variety of metal trash cans for a drum kit (Why do I actually hear the snare’s pitch changing on the title track?), …And Justice for All’s drums just aren’t big enough. The snare drum in particular is…tinny almost, lacking in power really. I notice it especially on “Blackened”. There just isn’t enough reverb, or EQ, or something.