Label: Reload is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on November 18, 1997 via Elektra Records. The album is a follow-up to Load, released the previous year, and Metallica's last studio album to feature the ...And Justice for All-era lineup, with bassist Jason Newsted leaving the band in January 2001. Load and Reload, while absolutely and obviously Metallica albums, were also big-time mainstream rock albums. Reload debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 436,000 copies in its first week. It was certified 3× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping three million copies in the United States. Load and Reload, was the first two Metallica album a whole lot of people heard. It no longer mattered whether you’d seen them when Cliff Burton was still alive, or if you had a battered cassette of the No Life ‘Til Leather demo tucked under your bed somewhere. Metallica hadn’t been that band for years. They belonged to everyone, like U2 or Pearl Jam or the Rolling Stones.