Metallica's James Hetfield Admits '...And Justice For All' Could Use Some More Bass

By Sam Valorose

February 22, 2017

It's been almost 29 years since Metallica released ...And Justice For All in 1988 and the biggest issue with the album still is on the minds of many metal heads - why are Jason Newsted's bass tracks so low in the mix? The band is in the middle of reissuing their old material, Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning already released, and with Justice on the way, frontman James Hetfield admits that the album could use more low end. But don't keep your hopes up, they won't be changing anything on the record. 

In an interview with Red Bulletin, Hetfield says ...And Justice For All and St. Anger have issues with the mix but the flaws make the records stand out. 

There are things I would like to change on some of the records, but it gives them so much character that you can’t change them. I find it a little frustrating when bands re-record classic albums with pretty much the same songs and have it replace the original. It erases that piece of history. These records are a product of a certain time in life; they’re snapshots of history and they’re part of our story. OK, so … And Justice for All [1988] could use a little more low end and St. Anger [2003] could use a little less tin snare drum, but those things are what make those records part of our history.

The interviewer doesn't follow up to ask if those parts will be changed or enhanced with mixing or remastering but we'll find out when the reissues are finally in our hands.

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