I like Load. Bleeding Me and Outlaw Torn are two of their best songs imo, Mama Said is really unique, Hero of the Day and Sleeps are good, and say what you will, but Ronnie sounds cool. The rest of the album is mediocre to suck though.
Bleeding Me is kind of tainted by the mid 90's esque production and the goofy country thing James had going on vocally. But that middle breakdown riff...fuckin A that's awesome. If that was a thrash break by any other band it would be universally beloved.
Hero of the Day...I want to say this song is shit because of it's alternative-ballad type of nature, but I just can't. I was watching some of the songs from the S&M show on youtube and that one came up as a recommendation. Decided to listen to it out of curiosity. Now I've relistened to songs out of nostalgia and I still enjoy them, but I wouldn't say they are objectively good, but this? This was fucking awesome. And the symphony complemented it really well IMO.
Now Mama Said, that had no place on a Metallica record whatsoever. If James wanted to record a solo album of some kind, that would be fine, but not there.