Sound — 10
Probably the best Metallica CD to date, this blows Master Of Puppets out of the water. From the screeching intro of Blackened to the fast paced outro of Dyer's Eve, this CD will please Metallica fans, metalheads, and will beg CD collecters to listen to it forever. Fast-paced and heavy, this is one of the most talented and ear-pleasing metal CDs every made. Kirk Hammet's solos are really something. Sometimes fast are wickedly distorted, or slow and clean. Whatever, they are written beyond worth complimenting, and sound even better. The intros to ...And Justice For All and One are slow, dark, and meaningful. The intros to The Shortest Straw, Eye Of The Beholder, and Dyer's Eve are exactly the oppisite, save the meaningful part. They are fast heavy, and mean. Probably the most underated guitarist in rock history, James Hetfield's rhythm work is phenominal. Backing up Krik Hammet is no easy task, but James takes rhythm guitar to a new level, not to mention doing the vocal parts as well. Lars Ulrich has cemented his place in rock history as one of the finest drummers. This is some of his finest work with a double bass drum, and some of his finest drumming period. Though often ignored, bassist Jason Newsted nicely fills Cliff Burton's shoes, and adds a little. Not saying he is better, (sorry Jason) but he is a little deeper than Cliff.
Lyrics — 10
Ingenious. Talking about many topics from greed, money, to war, they are deep, moving, and dark. This is some of Hetfield's best work here, though his voice not fully developed. Not much more to say than that metal vocalists who would prefer not to scream should follow Hetfield's example.
Overall Impression — 10
Best Metallica CD by far, again. Metallica stands above the countless metal bands that sprawl across the globe. They are some of the best metal bands across the world, and for every CD it inspired players 100-fold. The most impressive songs on the CD are tracks 1-6. They make up the highlights of the CD. With errie, slow intros to finger-bleeding-ly fast solos, there is nothing to hate, everything to love. If it was stolen. the thief would be lieing 6-feet deep by now. It's so impressivly crafted, you should buy 2 copies. One to play, one to keep locked in a sheet a 2" deep bulletproof PlexiGlass.