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Those were the days! I still think this album obliterates Master of Puppets but oh well. Master of Puppets went on to win "best metal album ever" award a few years back.
Dave has written some of the most difficult guitar parts ever recorded in my opinion. Yeah...I agree, but Metallica is more commercially viable.
IMO, Dave can single-handedly wrap James's and Kirk's ass into a pretzel. Kirk is fast but not melodic, James is melodic but not fast. Dave is both and much more. I only wish he would not sing though... but hey! Who am I to tell him what to do? I think Alexis Laiho and Zakk Wylde made the same mistake. They are all guitar gods who don't belong near a microphone. At least Yngwie had enough sense to keep away from the mic.
But that is neither here nor there. History will eventually do Dave justice. He got the shitty end of the stick on that Metallica deal...
Call me crazy....but I actually love his vocal style. Angry again, angry again, angry again, and again. Anyway his lyrics are sophisticated. Love Yngwie, but he isn't a great melodic songwriter.