The Great Metallica Debate — Round Three

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On Saturday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes Metallica to the ranks of popular music’s all-time greats. The band did as much as any group to establish and define thrash metal, then gradually slowed down and became one of the world’s biggest rock bands.

To celebrate the Frisco phenoms’ hard-won recognition, Scene presents The Great Metallica Debate. D.X. Ferris, the paper’s designated metalhead, is moderating. He’ll introduce topics, which will be answered by Chris Akin, Classic Metal Show host and webmaster of Pitriff.com, and Matt Wardlaw, former Metal Show host, Radio 92.3 Inner Sanctum host and proprietor of music blog AddictedToVinyl.com. Stay tuned for more.

Today’s topic: Rank the Metallica albums, best to not-so-best

Wardlaw:
1) ...And Justice For All
2) Ride The Lightning
3) Master of Puppets
4) Kill 'Em All
5) The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
6) Metallica (“The Black Album”)
7) Death Magnetic
8) Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge (There was no rule about not including compilations/live albums, and I think that many teens in the ‘90s wore out a copy or two of this live record, even if there are questions about how "live" it really is.)
9) St. Anger
10) Garage Inc.
11) Load
12) Re-Load
13) S&M