,,The gods made heavy metal,
And they saw that it was good…
They said to play it louder than hell,
We promised that we would!
When losers say it’s over with,
You know that it’s a lie!
The gods made heavy metal
AND IT’S NEVER GONNA DIE!“
On this day in music history: August 25, 1988 - “…And Justice For All”, the fourth album by Metallica is released. Produced by Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen, it is recorded at One On One Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA from January 28 - May 1, 1988. When the bands regular producer Flemming Rasmussen isn’t available, Metallica begin the recording sessions with producer Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses). When things don’t work out with Clink, Rasmussen takes over co-production when his schedule frees up. The material Clink records with Metallica are issued as single B-sides and on the compilation album “Garage, Inc”. Many of the songs follow the themes of injustice in politics and the legal system (specifically in war, censorship, and the arms race), backed by some of the bands most musically complex arrangements to date. The album is first full length release to feature bassist Jason Newsted, and spins off four singles including the epic “One” which is based on the novel and film “Johnny Got His Gun” (starring Jason Robards) in which songs video incorporates footage. The album receives a Grammy Nomination for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1987, and infamously loses the award to Jethro Tull’s “Crest Of A Knave”. “…And Justice For All” peak at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.