Metallica enter the studio to begin recording their sixth album - Load. They have enough material for 2 CDs and contemplate releasing a double album .
"Our attitude was we don't give a f**k what people think. So why should we start now?"
--James Hetfield (MTV.com)
June 4, 1996
Load is released. The cover features an Andres Serrano photograph called Blood and Semen III. For this image, Serrano pressed a mixture of bovine blood and his own semen between two sheets of plexiglass. The image on the cover of ReLoad is also Andres Serrano's, called Piss and Blood.
"We've nearly killed each other and others around us when we've made records before. I think we all felt that we wanted to see if we could come out of this somewhat alive."
--Lars Ulrich (MTV.com)
June 27, 1996
Metallica headline the Lollapalooza festival. Other bands on the bill include Soundgarden, the Ramones, and Rancid.