I think I'm going to be different for a change and not just mindlessly bash this album just because it's different. Unlike the most of you who consider yourselves "true" Metallica
-fans and yet hate the majority of their discography, I was introduced to the band with "I Disappear
", which was the heaviest thing I had ever heard. St. Anger
came several years later, and I found myself disliking it only because everyOne else hated it. Well, that is a pop-music mentality (just like liking Master of Puppets
just because everyOne else does) and I decided to be really different and give this album a second chance.
Though I don't think Metallica
has ever dOne a true "concept" album, I think this is about the closest they've ever got. Rage
pours out of every track, underscored heavily by the resounding "thwang" of Lars Ulrich's prominent snare drum. There is some disorder to the album, with lines and Riffs
that seem to be not part of the original song fitted into One song and somehow making sense. However, if One can open their mind beyond the mindlessness of theMaster-of-Puppets fans, they would realize that the human mind rarely operates on a clean, coherent and orderly pattern. As soon as One thought or emotion arises, another erupts into prominence almost out of nowhere. What is especially chilling is the conclusion of the entire album. With the song "All Within My Hands
", whose lyrics focus upon the love-hate relationship between James Hetfield and ex-bassist Jason Newsted
. Towards the end of the song, James Hetfield erupts into a psychotic break-down that would make Corey Taylor
proud, screaming "KILL KILL KILL KILL!" This is shockingly significant since killing was the overall theme of their first album, "Kill 'Em All
", making this song a kind of variation on the band's original lyrical theme.
Yes, there are no solos and yes you can hear Lars' snare. In short, if there were no St. Anger
, there'd be no Metallica
. If you are the kind of person who wants a Master of Puppets
II, then hold your breath forever because it's not going to happen. Even if you don't like the album, One should at least listen to it so they can have an educated opinion and not just hate it out of a blind horde-mentality. Now all I need now is to find a copy that's not scratched up as hell...