The Short Read – Parallels

I’ve always thought of Led Zeppelin’s 1976 album Presence and …And Justice For All released by Metallica in 1988 as very similar albums.

There are feelings of anger and hurt caused by death and hardship. Guitars and drums utterly dominate the sound and song-writing. They even share white album covers. Both signaled the end of an artistic blooming and yet, for a hard-core of fans, these albums represent the best of both bands.

Up next would be commercially successful but critically divisive records (though possibly less so in the case of In Through The Out Door which has few advocates) for each act and gargantuan stadium tours. However, Zeppelin would split the year after their eight album came out while Metallica rumble on to this day with a new record Hardwired…To Self Destruct released late last year.

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