The Metallica apologists sticking up for Load and Reload are forgetting one thing about those albums: We don't hate them (or at least I don't) because they sound different and decided to do something else with their music. We hate them because they're, on the whole, shitty albums. Reload especially. Compare them to Volbeat all you want, I don't like them either.
08/08 - Slipknot/Lamb of God
09/30 - Revocation
10/04 - The Black Dahlia Murder
11/12 - Kataklysm