It's something that's happened to most of us and it's never very pleasant. I'm talking about friends growing apart. Sometimes people who were once close simply find themselves seeing each other or communicating less and less until the friendship somehow dissolves. I've had similar dissolutions with musical groups such as R.E.M. and U2. There was a time when I would wait with baited breath for their new releases, but as time went on, it got to where I didn't want to hear from them any longer (the new stuff at least). But, one of the most difficult relationships to break was with Metallica. In the late 80s and early 90s, I was a huge Metallica fan, and couldn't wait to hear more from this group. However, with the release of "Load", this devotion ended. Still, as someone who loves music videos, I wasn't against checking out their compilation, Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004.
In the mid 1980s, Metallica's popularity amongst the ranks of heavy metal fans was quickly growing. This band had emerged from the underground metal scene and promised to stick with that mindset. For all intents and purposes, the group stated that they would never release a promotional video and opted instead to release curiosities such as the Cliff 'Em All compilation which contained fan-made concert footage and early appearances. But, things changed in 1989, when the band shocked the world by releasing their first music video for the song "One". This spelled the beginning of the end for many fans. From that point, Metallica became an MTV favorite...well, back when MTV was showing videos.