Wizard was garage inc , along with a recto and a bunch of other amps, but the wizard is the sound on that. The thing about Metallica, no matter what you read here or anywhere, there is tons and tons of amps in the studio with them, tons of pics of other amps that never get mentioned and their use ( Larry amps, VHT amps in black album photos etc). While there is quite a bit of documentation on the earlier albums ( ride the lightning and puppets specifically), AJFA and the black album are still quite a mystery on exactly what was used . I’ve seen pictures of mark 3’s in tons of AJFA recording pics: and quite honestly to me, AJFA and the black album sound much more like a mark 3 than a IV or a 2C+, that’s my opinion take it or leave it. How tracks were blended, what was used on overdubs etc, it’s just not all clear. And then let’s not forget the mixing, especially on the black album, it’s just incredible production all the way around.
I agree about last two albums . The tone is just not as big as before .I've come to realize after many years of being a Metallica fan that I think my "favorite member" of the band has always been the 5th member, the producer. Well, two in particular.
Flemming and Bob were some of the biggest reasons I thought Metallica was so good. RtL, MoP, Justice, The Black Album, Load, Garage Inc. They're all absolutely massive sounding. They're by far Metallica's best sounding records and they wouldn't be anything close to what they are without either of those guys making them sound like they did, and pushing the best performances out of the band.
By contrast I'm not a fan of the way the rest of the discography sounds at all. Kill em All has a neat vibe to it but it definitely doesn't sound "good" which might have just meant it was a victim of the limited tech of the time it was recorded. However, Death Magnetic and Hardwired have no excuse. They just sound bad to me. The guitars have never sounded thinner or more anemic than on the latest records, and James's voice sounds way too direct, dry, and raw (not emotionally raw, but raw sounding, microphone-wise), like he's singing into a karaoke mic or something, and really just lacks the depth it had on the other records, and I think it really hurts the vibe of the music. It definitely emphasizes how important good producers really are.
Don’t believe everything you see on the internetHere you guys go. I found this pic a couple years ago. A Mark III green or late blue stripe in James's Crunchberries shell.
Well... the band you love to hate kinda went there...