Yeah...my heroes from the 80`s. Side A from "Ride the Lightning" is NOT a sign of wimp out. I love all these 4 albums, yeah black one rules too!
Its funny, in the end of 80´s and in 1990 I remember thinking "Metallica guys also listen to thrash and death metal a lot". Big was my surprise when I heard from "Metaliliitto" (Finnish metal show on radio) that Lars Ulrich said they do not listen to new bands at all and if they want something extreme then they just put "Reign in Blood" on. It was very strange to hear this back then. I can not say my world collapsed, but at least I remember this after 22 years.