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No additional import charges at delivery! This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. Learn more - opens in a new window or tab. There are 39 items available. Please enter a number less than or equal to Select a valid country. It's been suggested that this is some of their strongest work since the eighties, and that its ferocious and energetic, but this is really just a seriously dull mirror image. There are some very annoying production decisions on this album, and I get the impression that if Metallica had a producer with some influence over this project, then this would have been a tighter album.

As per usual, that was never going to happen because they're on their own label, and they've got enough money, and control, to ignore everyone else's opinion. That self-indugence eliminated any hope of this beng a good album. The fundamentals of Load are mostly coming through on this album. The rhythm guitars are fuzzy and crunchy, like Load , though, ocassionally played a little faster, like on, "Hardwired", or "Moth Into Flame". Kirk Hammett's guitar solos are not impressive, but it's been that way for three decades, so it's no surprise.

Hetfield provides as much vocal energy as he can muster, and credit to him for that, but it's weak at key moments. There's some interesting overdubs on songs like, "Halo On Fire", but the song is really dull. The melodic shifts take too long, and it doesn't warrant its 8 minute track length.

In fact, it's a really dreadful copy of their song, "Astronomy", which is actually a cover song, and well crafted, unlike "Halo On Fire". Another song which doesn't make the best use of its time is, "Spit Out the Bone", which dips half way through, though its the fastest song Metallica have recorded since "Dyers Eve". There are serious production issues on this album, and its no surprise that the majority of them are with the bass guitar, and the drums.

Lars Ulich's technique has been poor on all of their albums, and that's why in many circles he's considered a bad drummer, but the bigger issue here comes from how his kit is miked, and processed. The flat tap kick drum tone doesn't have enough presence to balance out the rhythm guitars, and its not like the drums are buried in the mix either. That kick drum often sticks out too much in the mix, and compared to the fainter symbols, and much sharper snare drum, it's a bemusing decision, especially with most of the songs not being fast enough to blur out those kick drum parts.

This could have been rectified if Robert Trujillo was more involved in the process, but the bass is so inconsistent, and to the point where it's hardly ever there sometimes. It also tends to leave the faster songs lacking the strong lower foundations they need. It's interesting then that while the bass is lacking on so many occasions, there's more volume on disc 2's, "Here Comes Revenge", and "Am I Savage?

They are often referred to as being weaker songs, although, I find the lyrical content on disc 2 more tolerable than some of the childish, teenage lyrics on disc 1. Both are musically lacking, with the former starting with distortions which sound like John Carpenter's, "The Thing", and the latter sounds clunky. Also, "Murder One", is a tribute to Lemmy, but sounds nothing like Motorhead. The song is actually named after Lemmy's amplifier, but the bass is totally inadequate, and that's only the minor issue.

The major issue is that the songs on the disc 2 drag. Another clunky example, "ManUNkind", is attributed to black metal, but the grooves sound awkward, and if they really wanted to pay tribute, where's the tremolo riffing, blast beats, or growling vocals? Metallica have never been good at experimenting, and the themes on this album clearly show that.

The title song, "Hardwired", is saying that humanity has the instinct to destroy itself, and uses laughable lyrics such as, "We're so fucked! The equally laughable, Amy Winehouse inspired, "Moth Into Flame", targets the obsession with fame culture. And the ghastly, "Halo On Fire", goes abstract, and deals with the fear of retribution, and don't seek forgiveness. Then there's, "Now that We're Dead", about the reunion with a loved one, and "Spit Out The Bone", which is about surrendering to the system. These themes are all accompanied by forgettable riffs, shoddy, unimaginative solos, and a dreadful percussion, so overall, this is just another one to add to the long list of terrible Metallica albums.

James and Lars are back in full force after the insanely fun train-wreck of Lulu and Hardwired is perhaps the best thing Metallica could had done in At this point, they just do what they want and they earned this right. Considering Kirk lost all his riffs in an iPhone incident how fucking dumb is he?

The tall blond rhythm guitar god basically lifts the album to another level and the Danish tennis legend keeps things rooted in an efficient simplicity. This is a frustrating but good record since it's easy to identify what was necessary to make it a great one. The main faults are once again the overindulgence the quartet has and their complete lack of editing. This could be seen as the "old metal legend" syndrome as Priest and Maiden did it as well.

Metallica's arch nemesis Megadeth's recent endeavors except for Dystopia actually sucked but for other reasons. I thought Death Magnetic was a fine record plagued with a messy loud production but Hardwired managed to sound renewed without compromising the identity of Tallica. It's just four guys having fun playing a style of music they like and I believe this is the biggest strength of this album. The biggest metal band on Earth sounds confident, powerful and convincing.

One of the consensus that I've been seeing online is that it would had been a strong eight songs record and that most of the second disc is sort of weak. While I agree for the most part, I do think that the 12 songs 13 if we consider the new version of "Lords of Summer" as part of the record are all solid and interesting. The first disc is catchier and faster while the second has this groovy doom approach but the entire opus is cohesive in its sprawling length.

This is a feat in itself since I feel this is a song based effort. A compilation of new material if you will. It's self contained well-written numbers of mostly minutes alternating between the eras of the Californian icons. Mixing the rock sound of the Loads, the thrashy comebacks of Death Magnetic and a fair share of the groovy heavy metal of the self titled, Hardwired is ultimately a fun album with strong songwriting and diverse footings. Metallica never wrote an uninteresting album and that's one of the reasons they're metal's most popular band. This one is no exception.

Oh boy. This is a mammoth of an album to cover and not in a good way. The title track is a blatant filler that they admit was written last just because they felt that the album needed a fast opener.

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Atlas Rise is a weird combo of Iron Maiden dual guitars with some sort of Holier than Thou black album vibe. Not to mention the E-string pull off groove that seems to be in every Metallica song since the Load era. Confusion starts with the most blatant ripoff of Am I Evil that I have ever heard and then leads into another uninteresting excuse of a metal tune. Finally, Murder One starts with a Sanitarium vibe before squeezing out one horrendous attempt of a track that sounds like a typical modern Metallica song that just meanders around with riffs that have been chugged many times before.

For a 77 minute release, it should not drag on as horribly as it does. As expected, this album has some of the most basic drumming I have ever heard in metal. On a side note, why did Hardwired have to be a double album?? Does Metallica also recognize the bad pacing and feel the need to separate the tracks? Because it is under 80 minutes and can fit on one CD. Also, why a video for every song? Are they just capitalizing on this project as much as they can because they cannot consistently release music? Anyway, I am here to review the album, not its sales strategies; so excuse the digression.

Metallica is not a band that sticks to a single form although they are stuck in a mid-tempo shell of themselves. Despite my hating, this is really not that terrible. To Self Destruct is just an embodiment of the mediocrity that is modern day Metallica. After all, Death Magnetic was supposed to be their return; and whatever momentum that release brought to the band is long gone. Verdict: Not worth paying for and certainly not worth the 8 years we waited for it. When Metallica release bad albums, such as Lulu and St.

Anger, to name but a few, then you'd expect them to revert back to a tried and tested formula. This can certainly work, as long as they have some of the attitude and spirit, which in part, made their first albums good, and really connect them with their audience. Today, it's clear that have been off course for nearly thirty years, and now they are trying to get back, but they have steered so far from the right course, that it's just too late.

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As a consequence, this album is mostly a failure, barring just a couple songs. It's been a considerable amount of time since their last album, Death Magnetic; eight years in fact, and since then, they've rectified a couple of production issues, but there are an entirely new set of issues on this new release. I certainly wouldn't disagree with anyone who said that this isn't as good as Death Magnetic, and compared to some of their peers, who have released albums this year, it reveals how musically challenged they are now. The album begins with a bad attempt at recapturing their Kill 'Em All sound, with lyrics which pander to teenagers.

It sounds like a really bad cover version of their eighties output, and other songs also sound like a distant echo of their eighties past, but ultimately, trying rekindle past glories when the lyrics are weak, is an instant failure. Nearly everything about this album is too radio friendly, and therefore has absolutely no edge, even though that appears to be what they're trying to achieve.

The vocal hooks on this album can come off sounding like adults trying to be teenagers, rather than adults making honest and aggressive music. The song, 'Moth into Flame', is guilty of this, with it's nice radio friendly riffs and hook, but 'nice' isn't elevating this album, and 'nice' sounding songs about kids searching for instant fame isn't going to be remembered.

And, if bands like Death Angel and Testament can produce albums to the level they did decades ago, then why can't Metallica? I want Hetfield to write lyrics about political turmoil and a failed justice system; not American pop idol. There are a total of six songs which make up each of the two albums, but there's not enough good material to justify a double album. Every song, including the 3 minute, 'Hardwired', are too fucking long, and that makes them very tedious. Death Magnetic's failures are partly due to the fact that the songs are way too long, but I'm starting to appreciate that album more after listening Hardwired.

I lost interest in nearly all of the songs after about minutes because they failed to develop, or end at the right time. The last song on the first album tries to create an epic vibe, but it sounds like a Garage Inc. There's just nothing that stands out on the first album, and nothing which I'd want to listen to over and over again.

There's several occasions where they try to bring back their eighties sound by borrowing from the British heavy metal of that period, but it just sounds like they're covering all of the bases to market this album. Nothing about them or this release sounds genuine. This is evident on the second album, which should have been mostly aborted. There are songs which clearly borrow from Diamond Head, which wouldn't be an issue, as long as they could do something creative with the material, but they're not capable of making the music better.

Another song is a tribute to British metal legend Lemmy, but is so dull, that it does the man no justice, although, the video is a better visual tribute. James Hetfield's at his best when he's going at full speed. Regrettably, drummer Lars Ulrich fails to keep up and diminishes what little power this album has, even on the stand-out songs. Even Hammett manages a couple of good solos, although, most of them are still too bluesy and overly reliant on the pedal effect. Overall, there are few stand-out songs on this album, and all of them are too fucking long, which makes this an exhausting experience.

The only songs that I'll take from this album are the aforementioned, 'Spit Out The Bone', and 'Here Comes Revenge', which has a few decent riffs, coherent lyrics, and a competent solo; just a shame it also goes on for too fucking long. Therefore, as a double album, it offers virtually nothing good, and I consider it an artistic failure. The war crime known as St. Anger was released in before being followed up by what is possibly their best record, Death Magnetic in , and a really hit-or-miss collaboration with Lou Reed in To Self-Destruct.

It should also be noted that this is the first Metallica album not to have any musical input from Kirk Hammett. The thing to take away from Hardwired is that Metallica have always been, and still are… Metallica. What I mean by that is, much like Death Magnetic, Hardwired is a thrash album with more elements of blues rock and classic heavy metal rather than the faster, riff-heavy stuff of Megadeth or modern acts like Havok.

The focus is on more smooth sounding riffs with more melody and groove than your average thrash band. So Hardwired pretty much lives or dies based on whether or not those riffs got you into the groove or not. Hardwired has two main flavors, so to speak. The hard and fast thrash that the band excelled at on Death Magnetic comes back, and when speed is the focus, the songs actually turn out pretty well. The other half, however, is a bit different.

As a result, they may not be all to your liking, but end up feeling like a great pace-breaker. As for the actual mixing and sound design for Hardwired, not much has changed since Lulu or Death Magnetic. Strong, thick bass and loud drums to emphasize beat and rhythm, with similar distortion and effects added that occasionally emphasizes Hammett's solos get ready for more wha than waluigi and the occasional snappy drum fill.

That is to say, they have not achieved perfection, no matter what they actually think of themselves. That being said, if I had to point out some changes from Death Magnetic to now, the band did seem to learn from their mistakes.

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But with its blend of Metallica brand thrash and more heavy rock than a quarry, it was hard not to like Hardwired, even if it might have overstayed its welcome by the end. This album is perfectly fine, people. In fact, I'd wager it's pretty damn good. But I'm getting sick and tired of tryhard edgy teenagers giving this album scathing single-digit scores just because it's not ear-splitting mach-speed misanthropy like Anaal Nathrakh and truly, we all know there can be only one , so I'm showing my face on the M-A review scene once again to try in vain to shove this baby back up to the score it deserves.

Now let's set this bullshit aside and look at the source of the bullshit! It's patently obvious Metallica have been listening to us bitching and moaning about how Death Magnetic was mediocre at best and that Lulu was an aural atrocity, so they've spent the past few years buckling down and putting some goddamn effort into their music once again, and if you ask me which you should, because I am always correct , their efforts have paid off--this is easily the best album Metallica have put out since The Black Album , I'd argue it's even better than that and And Justice for All should be sleeping with one eye open, but let's not put on our piss-stained controversy knickers just yet.

Appropriately enough, to set the tone, "Hardwired" comes barreling in with gusto, bursting with raucous energy that the band haven't displayed in literal decades. Fun Fact: At just over 3 minutes, this is actually the shortest original song the guys have released. And I think Lars is grateful for it, as he's actually stepped up his game for this track, pounding that now-tightened snare with verve and pedaling the double-bass as fast as his little feet can pedal, and I don't think his umlaut-laden heart could handle the song being any longer.

The riffs are simple yet punchy, and miracle of miracles, you can hear the bass! But the biggest piece of news "Hardwired" illuminates for us is just how refreshed and energized James sounds, hearkening back at least to the Load days where he could breathe life into even the stalest radio-rock oatmeal. Of course, the song's biggest downfall is its need to throw a few 'fuck's around to earn that edgy-teenager-coveted Parental Advisory label so pasty white kids all over the country can impress their equally-pasty friends with how ruff'n'tuff they are.

But as everyone knows hopefully by now , I don't give lyrics that much weight, so my enjoyment of "Hardwired" is unaffected by its shameless white-boy pandering. It's hard to find anything to criticize here as I love all the melodic hooks and the riffs are memorable and catchy. As a bonus, the melodic bridge halfway through has been described as "Maiden-esque" by many, and serves as one of the track's many highlights.

The chorus is catchy and all, but the pre-chorus is a thing of beauty that makes the whole thing tick. I suppose it would be appropriate to also mention the album's closer, "Spit Out the Bone," in this section, as it's the last of the lightning-fast thrashers on the album, and for my money, it's easily the best.

Everything I've discussed up to now about how Metallica have successfully infused speed, aggression, and catchiness into these songs which, I reiterate, is truly a major feat for them nowadays is on full display here, and amped to 11 to boot. Unfortunately, "Spit Out the Bone" does also display one of the damning flaws that have always plagued the band: their inability to bite the bullet and just shave a minute or two off for the sake of efficiency.

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Roughly 5 minutes in, the solo and the overall pace of the song slows to a crawl, and if that section were just cut out, I'd be perfectly comfortable placing it right alongside some of their 80s greats. Oh, and the deluxe version also has a neato final version of "Lords of Summer" that is surprisingly awesome, but I'll not be mentionin' where I obtained that bit o' treasure to ye. Luckily, they're mostly pretty cool. While the second half of the album is full of rock-solid mid-paced anthems, it's actually the slower and doomier "Am I Savage? To me, it comes across as a moodier sequel to "Of Wolf and Man," and I'm always a sucker for a badass werewolf track despite my usual protests against lyrical bias.

And the eccentric main riff works brilliantly, too. But as far as the mid-paced methodical tracks go, the easy favorite is "Dream No More," which is also the doomiest. Yes, that's a word. I made it up just now. The melody of the verses gives the song an almost arcane vibe as it rises uneasily and almost unnaturally--fitting, considering the subject matter--and culminates in one of the catchiest choruses on the album "YOU TURN!! Whether they play fast 'n loud or slow 'n heavy, it seems Metallica were just on fire for this release, but sadly, all is not well. The only track I outright disliked was "Now That We're Dead," which just sounded too much like a bargain-bin copy of "Enter Sandman" for my liking, so it's not as though every other track I've left unmentioned is lousy--rather, songs such as "Confusion" and "ManUNkind" are perfectly serviceable tunes that have moments of tasty goodness here and there, but do little to distinguish themselves or justify their inclusion on the album.

The worst offenders, however, are "Here Comes Revenge" and "Murder One," both of which I remember absolutely nothing about at the time of this writing and after 4 full listens of the album. Oh, I remember liking them fine as they were playing, but alongside the utter lack of staying power, both tracks were simply that--just 'fine'. I don't immediately shit my pants, feel embarrassed, put on a new pair, and rush on down to Walmart to pick up the latest release of one of the biggest metal bands of all time just so I can hear 'fine'. I want quality, goddammit! I would say that I hope this marks a step in the right direction for Metallica and that Hardwired Unnecessary Ellipsis to Self-Destruct was the beginning of a new era of classic albums in the band's discography, but we all know that isn't the case--it's a wacky anomaly of goodness that will inevitably be followed up with yet another disastrous collaboration before Lars drunkenly stumbles into his rhinestone-lined swimming pool filled with whatever his species drinks and drowns, so this is probably Metallica's last big hurrah.

And if you ask me as we've already established that you should , I'd be hard-pressed to ask for a better one. Metallica is the biggest metal band in the world today. Their first five albums form the backbone for anyone who claims to like the genre, and they have been a gargantuan force not only in the metal scene, but also in the music world in general.

Since the new millennium however, fate has not been so kind to the band. Marked by two lackluster albums, a failed venture into both the world of cinema and the ever shrinking market of music festivals, the band has not been at its peak for a very long time. Enter Hardwired. This album came out of nowhere as audiences were swiftly slapped in the face by the old school sounding title track. The band used this song to great effect as it starts the album off with high energy and claims the listener's attention for the tracks to come.

There is a renewed sense of urgency present on the first disc of the album and its a feeling Metallica hasn't been able to emit in quite sometime. The mix is very hot, the song structures get to the point much faster, and the riffs are actually quite powerful. Metallica clearly listened to the criticisms of their previous album here and it's appreciated greatly. The first disc concludes with a very catchy and memorable track in "Halo on Fire" and the second disc begins with a throwback to their 90's mid tempo style with "Confusion". The second disc of this album is nowhere near as strong as the first though.

As the disc drags on we hear very little variation in tempo and the snare drum is overused on nearly all of the tracks. Despite these gripes, the album goes out with a bang as the Kill 'em All style returns for the closing track, "Spit out the Bone". There is a plethora of things in this release that honestly surprised me. From the renewed aggression present on many of the tracks, to the catchy guitar harmonies and the vocal hooks, this record is the best the band has sounded in over twenty years.

It actually feels like the band has a statement to make and that they are angry about something. This is amazing to see as it would've been so easy for these titans to release an uninspired, cash grab of an album like Slayer's "Repentless". However, this effort is not without its flaws. The pacing can be a bit grueling at times to sit through, some of the lyrics come off as awkward, and Kirk Hammet's lead playing has become very predictable and is way too wah-heavy.

All in all though, we are treated to a mostly well put together collection of tracks from metal's biggest player. More than 25 years ago, Metallica kind of knew what they were doing, and that's why they made a couple of competent albums. Fair enough, all of their first five albums are not perfect, but at least there were enough good songs to make them an impressive band.

Everything since the Black album sounds like a commercial venture gone wrong, musicians block, or a failed attempt at getting back to their roots, which also sounds strategic, rather than something that's real. Death Magnetic was the first attempt at getting back to their roots, but that album is an overly long wall of noise, with no classics on it. Come to think of it, there are no classics since It might be harsh on Metallica, who created their best music when they were a smaller band, but now they are extremely wealthy, so what's left for a successful band to write about?

Well, that's crap! In the last 12 months thrash metal icons, Anthrax, Megadeth, Death Angel, and Testament, have all released good albums, so this excuse goes out of the window. To Self-Destruct is just another one of those back to their roots albums which doesn't work. It's not an album which could even sit comfortably alongside the Black album, let alone Master of Puppets. This album belongs on the rubbish heap alongside Load , Reload , St. Anger , and Death Magnetic.

What they've done on this album is add a few thrash elements, just so they can sound a bit like , but it sounds fake. The album is driven by James Hetfield's vocal melodies and rhythm guitar riffs, which are seriously lacking in quality, and some of the inspiration comes from the new wave of British heavy metal.

There's just not enough of these old concepts, or new ones for that matter, to cover this double-album's 80 minutes. The first song, "Hardwired", which is meant to be thrash, actually sounds like a lame kind of "Fuel" from Reload. The riffs are completely forgettable, and I'd go as far as to say that "Fuel" has better riffs and lyrics. The lyrics completely suck here. Hetfield shouting obscenities is neither fun, nor is it clever, so they were plain stupid to start doing it now.

The song in question is actually about fame culture, and sounds like a worthless mainstream rock song. Then there are other songs which rekindle Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning , with the help of some Iron Maiden melodies, but it all sounds so middle-of-the-road.

Hetfield is still lost for riff ideas and Hammett's riffs were probably a figment of his imagination. The guitars on this album are mostly uninspiring because Hetfield fails to deliver a great riff, and Kirk can't write or perform solos. That's even if he's written any of these solos because he has no credits on this album. And Lars Ulrich's drumming is painful. The way he accents his drums kills the lame riffs even more. There are no creative fills; it's all snare, snare, and more pointless snare. It's like listening to a bad drummer in the local pub rock band.

Here's a positive; Hetfield's vocals just about hold together, but hearing this old icon singing "We're so Fucked! Shit out of luck! Bassist, Robert Trujillo, gets one writing credit, but apart from that, he is like an unused substitute. It's just another album where this band do not know how to incorporate bass into their songs. They seem use it as an afterthought, and in doing so, this album falls even more short.

Overall, this album completely sucks, and this time next year, it will suck even more. What is versus what one wants to believe is the constant conundrum that faces any person approaching Metallica, save maybe for a sizable collection of die-hard fans who buy music for the name rather than the contents that this band has in spades.

Far be it for the author of this review to lob insults at the fans of a longstanding metal institution, but he can't really come up with any logical explanation as to how anyone could consume everything bearing the Metallica insignia from up until now without even one isolated fit of indigestion. But by the same token, he is arguably guilty of a bizarre fit of perpetual masochism by continuing to bother with a band who's subsequent material he hasn't liked for the better part of 25 years, thus an explanation is required.

Metallica were very much his favorite band at one point and time, and against more than two decades of denying the first five letters in their name, he was hoping to be proven wrong in his continuing cynicism, to the point of vowing to publicly confess as such when the time had come. To Self-Destruct is that long awaited album, at that long awaited time, that has forced this online mea culpa, and it is a happy occasion in spite of it all. While naturally this welcome change of pace comes with a few caveats, the big one being that it isn't quite a full out thrash metal fest by even the standards of And Justice For All , this is the first thing to come out of Metallica since my public school days that can be qualified as solid and, more importantly, fun.

Gone are the lame country-singing ways and lazy rock riffing badness of Hetfield's more recent past for something that is respectably animated and gritty, gone is Lars' ego driven desire to reinvent the concept of audio recording and coming out with absolute shit in the process, and a welcome return to the days when Kirk Hammett could play a guitar solo like he actually means it. To put it bluntly, this band finally decided to play metal in an unapologetic fashion, and barring Lars' drums being a bit too loud, the whole thing gels together in a manner that is somewhat reminiscent of the sonic character of The Black Album , though stylistically it reaches back a bit earlier.

At first glance, this might appear like a bloated mess of experimentation similar to the disastrous side stint with Lou Reed in Lulu given the song lengths. Thankfully, there is more of a method to the epic madness on display here, as the likes of "Atlas, Rise! The songs are repetitious, but the riffs themselves are animated, punchy and memorable enough to justify the sort of continual display reminiscent of And Justice For All. Actually, said album appears to have been a crucial influence in the direction of the songwriting, to the point where the mid-paced crusher "Confusion" could almost be dubbed a sequel to "Eye Of The Beholder" with occasional traces of their original reinterpretation of "Am I Evil?

Even the new guy of over 10 years time Robert Trujillo finds himself able to break through the arrangement and emulate some of the more intricate possibilities on the bass since this band's time with Cliff Burton. This isn't so much an album that goes the route of self-plagiarism the way a lot of recent efforts from the likes of Def Leppard has in order to recapture former glory, but more an exercise in needed self-reflection. The result is something that still retains some of the restrained elements that epitomized The Black Album , aka the band's full pivot away from thrash metal.

Songs such as "Here Comes Revenge" and "Now That We're Dead" definitely play a bit more to the slower to mid-paced character that ushered in the band's commercial breakthrough, though they are presented in a longer fashion that takes them out of the realm of commercial, at least in the classic radio play sense. Truth be told, the only song on here that could truly pass for radio is the thrash happy opener "Hardwired", which is probably the most intense song on here in that sort of "Battery" meets "Blackened" sense, with maybe the exception of the long-winded nod to "Disposable Heroes" closer "Spit Out The Bone".

This sense of self-reflection becomes so intense that the special Japanese release includes a revised version of this band's lukewarm single offering "Lords Of Summer" that actually manages to kick some ass too. To anyone that ended up writing this band off completely at any point between the 90s and now, this is about as close as this band will likely ever come to revisiting the original spirit that first made them the go to band for anyone looking to experience metal music.

What they have done is ceased in digging their heels and trying to be something that they aren't, namely an experimental pop band that feels the need to reinvent themselves every couple years while giving their original fan base the one-fingered salute. Barring this album being followed by another pile of sonic excrement, anyone should be content to forget that anything associated with the Metallica name between and ever happened, and I've already started practicing while closing off this long anticipated day of joy.

Even though it looks atrocious to me, the album cover actually represents Metallica's new output very well. The band looks back on its early years and successes and offers an eclectic mixture of its first five studio albums. It offers several longer tracks that keep the balance between tightly performed and very rhythmic passages and more plodding and melodic parts with classic heavy metal influences as on Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets which was to be expected.

Other tunes sound more clinical and are based upon groovier rhythms as on A few tunes are slightly shorter, more accessible and quite catchy which represents the self-titled album without reaching the quality of its best cuts. This is not the first time Metallica attempts to go back to its roots. After the controversial yet very unique St. Anger record, the band tried to create a more traditional thrash metal album in form of Death Magnetic.

While this album had a few excellent songs, it fell off in the second half and suffered from a terribly loud and unbalanced production. After the experimental collaboration with Lou Reed in form of Lulu, history repeats again as Metallica tries once more to release a more traditional thrash metal release. Death Magnetic and Hardwired Simply put, if you liked Death Magnetic, you will also like Hardwired There are a few things where Hardwired The new album is still overproduced but not as massively as the loudness war offered eight years earlier.

While the predecessor only featured long and often unfocused, tedious and repetitive tunes, the new album finally features a song that is short, precise and concise in form of the quasi title track ''Hardwired''. I would have liked to hear more songs like this ferocious opener that sounds so motivated that one might actually think that this track is a forgotten bonus track from the Kill 'Em All sessions.

Despite being more than twice as long, the pitiless epilogue ''Spit Out the Bone'' remains highly addicting from start to finish and closes the circle to the brilliant opener. There are also a few elements where Hardwired The predecessor had a few fillers in the second half but the new album falls really flat on the second disc and offers quantity instead of quality. Aside of the vivid album closer, all other five tunes on the second disc are plodding and overlong, feature different unfocused song writing ideas that don't stick together and have no flow and rehash several structures and lyrics the band has already used before and employed with more urgency in the past.

While the predecessor features many memorable songs that work very well in concert, the only truly outstanding tunes on the new record are the thrash metal masterpieces ''Hardwired'' and ''Spit Out the Bone'' as well as the more melodic mid-tempo stomper ''Moth into Flame'' that goes successfully back to the While several other tunes have good passages, the new record only features three excellent tunes that convince in their entirety out of twelve or thirteen if you consider bonus track ''Lords of Summer'' as part of this release.

It's not a disaster but it's not a great ratio either. Another reason why this record sounds two-faced to me is related to the individual performances on this album. James Hetfield sounds as convincing, juvenile and passionate as in his early years. His vocals are constantly powerful and he even mostly avoids his usual flaws and trademarks in form of silly exclamations like ''oh!

People like to criticize Lars Ulrich to unfair extents but it sounds obvious to me that his drum play sounds much improved on the new album as if he had taken additional drum lessons. He seemingly unforcedly keeps the speed, rhythm and urgency alive during the entirety of the challenging album closer ''Spit Out the Bone'' for example and he also adds interesting drum patterns in several tracks as in the calmer passages of ''Now That We're Dead''. He shows the numerous critics that he's still able to pull off an expert job. Both Hetfield and Ulrich deliver their best performances since On the other side, the other two members are lacking creativity, presence and urgency on the new album.

Robert Trujillo has one shining moment with a vivid bass solo in ''Spit Out the Bone'' but otherwise he doesn't take much space and offers a rather conservative background performance. He only has one single song writing credit on the entire album in form of ''ManUNkind'' which is one of the most uninspired tunes on the entire record. The most disappointing element about the new record is Kirk Hammett's performance though. He has no song writing credit at all which can't just be excused by the doubtful story that he lost his iPhone including numerous riff ideas. To make things worse, his uninspired guitar solos almost always sound the same and often don't fit to the vibe of the specific song.

They often sound like bluesy hard rock solos with unnecessary spectral glides. To be honest, Hetfield and Ulrich could have pulled this record off with some young session musicians in the key of other thrash metal bands like Annihilator and Megadeth and the final result would have been the same or even better which is a very sad thing to say. Trujillo and especially Hammett need to step up and have something to prove on a potential next studio record. In the end, Hardwired Occasional fans, die-hard completionist and non metal fans who are only purchasing this record because of the group's famous brand might be momentarily satisfied.

More experienced, faithful and intellectual metal fans should download ''Hardwired'', ''Moth into Flame'' and ''Spit Out the Bone'' or wait until these songs will be included on an upcoming live release. Metallica has been a very divisive band since the 90s. On one side are those who want to heap praise on the band at every opportunity, willingly overlooking poor outputs Load , Reload , St.

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