Sound — 10
The sound on this stunning album is a little different from the earlier albums (Kill 'Em All, Ride, Master). This release is the first one, after the death of bass-player Cliff Burton (died in bus-accident, in Sweden, '86). At the point of the release, there have gone nearly three years since the last one (Master Of Puppets, '86). In the start they just kicked albums out, one after one. Maybe they had to have this long break. Unfortunately you almost can't hear the bass, which I think is one of the only minuses on this record. The guitar-solo's have never been better! They all kick major ass! You can really hear that their skills have improved! They have a lot of acoustic and distortion guitar mixed, which is great. One of the characteristics of Metallica. And not to mention the many tempo-changes! Great. Lars Ulrich just keep on rocking!
Lyrics — 10
Very nice lyrics, they have also had the time to do them. I listen to this album all the time, and I almost know the lyrics of four different songs in my head! They are just great! (I just wanted there to be some more lyrics and singing in "To live is to Die").
Overall Impression — 10
This is the best album from Metallica. None of the songs really bores you, and that's just great! I may admit, that I don't like their new styles on Load, ReLoad an St. Anger (besides induvidial songs). But I look forward to their upcoming release, I have heard it should be more old-school!