Many elitists of the metal-scene consider this, (along with Ride the Lightning
, And Justice
for All and the Black Album) to be points of selling out for the band Metallica
. In hindsight, I feel that it is Death Magnetic
that is the sell-out album. Metallica
had been doing things their way since the beginning: I would even go so far as to say that even Napster was dOne "their way", showing that Metallica
didn't give a fuck about what the fans thought about them. They would play the game their way and that was it. Then after a few elitists throw a little baby temper tantrum over St. Anger
just bows down to their wishes, throws out a thrash album and then plays set-lists that, from their selection of tracks, try to make it out as if the years between 1996 and 2008 never happened.
Well, what the hell is wrong with this album? Why
be free to make whatever music they want? Why
must they be confined to a "One trick thrash metal pony"? Why
, because they're known now, Metallica
is no longer free in making their decisions? Considering that even the late Cliff Burton was a fan of southern rock (Dave Mustaine said in his bio that he liked Lynyrd Skynyrd
), it strikes me that he wouldn't really be opposed to the direction of this album.
But let's see what this rock album from the heaviest of the Big Four sounds like. For One, it definitely doesn't start out soft. The opening track has plenty of speed and heavy Riffs
, as only James Hetfield can create. Furthermore, the guitar solo on this track actually doesn't have wah, but it is Kirk
Hammett playing...slide guitar, that is. Why
is that a bad thing? It shows that he's got more up his sleeve than, as you like to libel him as, "pentatonic solos" and "wah and whammy abuse".
For reviewing sake, let's just focus on the good tracks. Well, depends on what you call good. There are plenty of good Riffs
on "Ain't My B*tch", "2x4" and many of the "unknown" tracks on this album. But as for a unique sound, let's check out "The House Jack
Built." Nobody seems to care for the use of the talk box, but it actually is rather cool. It gives the song a rather interesting feel that Kirk
Hammett and the wah could not give. It also shows that James Hetfield, to your great dismay, was growing up and realizing that his drinking wasn't getting him anywhere.
Now let's check out the hits from this album: by "hits", I mean the songs that were made into music videos and shown to the public, not the songs you think are good. "Until It Sleeps
" is in the same, dark, personal vein as "The God That
Failed" from the Black Album, and is about James Hetfield's mother, whose death from cancer was a big part of his life. What, are anger and hate the only emotions you want coming out of a thrash musician's soul? Those posers can only take you so far until you're left void and with nothing. Sometimes a little bit of emotion is good. Plus
, the video is a very interesting mind-fuck to say the least.
If we can say that the track-listing from "Guitar Hero Metallica
" is a Greatest Hits
of the band, than we can obviously see that even the "posers" like only old Metallica
...so how does that make you elitists better than them? From the albums you love to hate, only four tracks (not counting "No Leaf Clover
" from S&M and "Mercyful Fate
" from Garage Inc.
) made it onto GHM..."King Nothing
" being One of them. It's a mid-paced, enjoyable diddy, complete with some of Jason Newsted
's bass-skills. By the way, if you people hate all of the Metallica
albums that Jason Newsted
was on, then I don't want to see you saying that he's a good bassist or better than Trujillo, because you obviously hate everything on which he had imput/play-time.
Let me skip a few tracks and mention another "unknown" track from this album. "Cure" is full of heavy-hitting Riffs
, and behold...the guitar solo has almost no "wah" in it. It's proof that Kirk
can play something without his beloved wah. "Thorn Within" has some decent Riffs
as well, and the chorus is chilling, making this One of my favorites of the "unknown" tracks from this album.
In summation, what we have here are Riffs
heavy enough for even regular-old heavy metal, a few soft numbers that are sure to please the open-minded and the same band that made the Black Album and And Justice
For All making something that goes back to the blues, rock and country roots of heavy metal, showing their respect for the Ones who started our great genre. It's a solid album, and their choice to play all their old songs in E-flat when playing Live
is killer. Just listen to "Fade to Black
", "Nothing Else Matters
" or even the beloved "Master of Puppets
". They've better than ever in this era, and the band adopts a "we don't give a shit" attitude when it comes to you people shitting on this album for sounding different than the old material. It shows that this is still the band who had a member who said: "We do what we wanna do, if people consider that selling out...whatever."