MoP is full of great stuff, but the only truly timeless tracks are the title track, Welcome Home (sanitarium), disposable heroes and damage inc. The rest are ok, battery isn’t bad, but cannot compete with the previous album. Orion is awesome but hasn’t aged well. RtL has 7 arguably timeless tracks: all of them except escape, and even that could be considered genius songwriting. So there you go: 4 versus 7 perfect songs. Despite MoP’s ballad and instrumental being superior to their respective tracks on RtL, as a whole RtL is a more complete, heavy and dark album. Hence MoP comes a close second, followed by Kill Em All. And Justice for all was good, but the mixing and the fact it’s filler songs get a bit repetitive – see The Shortest straw, harvester of sorrow – let it down a bit. I would honestly put Death magnetic at number 4, if it wasn’t for the crappy mixing. Instead, that place goes to Load.
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They benefited greatly by existing in a PRE-INTERNET world, as did all the famous bands in the 80s, 90s and the bands before them. The basic idea is that they benefited from people’s ignorance or the lack of knowledge of what was actually happening around the world or even across the united states. Why is this so important? It is simply the reverse logic of today. Why can’t great musicians stand out today? Because there is too much noise on the internet. Everybody who owns a guitar and a pirated copy of pro tools has content to share. Real musicians and bands can no longer stand out because there are too many bands and wannabe musicians everywhere and the normal population can’t sift through the noise. Simply stated, back then there weren’t that many bands around and people generally weren’t aware they had other options due to limited communication. Essentially people were living in somewhat isolated bubbles of limited knowledge or ignorance if you will.