Sound — 8
01.That was just your life: very cool sounding song. Great clean riff in the begining leading and mixing with a heavier riff. The Intro drags on a bit, but is filled with sick trash riffs that you would expect from metallica. Verse and Chorus riffs are great. Cool Harmony in the bridge. Thank god Hammet is doing solos again. Not too impresive and kind of short, but at least it's a solo. Rythm guitar is tight, can't hear the bass very well, no more trash can drum set. drums sound a lot better, but style is genaric thrash. overall a good way to start off te album.-6 02.The End of the Line: not a lot of complexity, forgetable song. decent riffs, nice wah in the solo but nothing we haven't heard from hammet and way too short. bass is inaudible, drumming is okay.-4 03.Broken Beat and Scarred: one of the better songs on the album. Riffs have a new sound and style too them which is refreshing. Still can't hear the bass. Drumming is a little better here. good thrash solo, hammet still has his chops.-8 04.The Day that Never Comes: the single of this album, and it is easily the most impressive song off this album and that they have ever done. Format of "One", but in the style of "fade to black". Clean riffs in begining and verse, heavy chorus, repeat a couple times and then an all out thrash fest for the rest of the song. Your supposed to slow down as you get older, metallica is still as fast and technically proficient as they were on kill em all. Lars offbeat drumming while keeping a steady tempo at blazing speeds is incedible. awesome solo that goes on for a while. harmonizing guitar parts are very effective here. And hammet still shreds like a beast when it's his turn to shine. One of the top 15 songs metallica has ever done, and that's saying something.-10 05.All Nightmare Long: very impressive song. chugging guitar riffs and tight drumming keeps this song going forward. riffs reminds me of "four horseman" a bit. bass isnt here either. nice solo, goes on for a while, two solos actually. Another one of my faves of this album.-8 06.Cyanide: it seems that rob decided to show up on this song. Very cool bassline bringing kind of an "infectious groove" to metallica that doesnt't seem out of place at all. very cool to hear this kind of style from metallica. riffs are simple yet awesome. not one of their faster songs, but still very fun to listen too. cool soft part in the bridge leading into an impressive guitar solo from hammet. drumming is great on this song.-8 07.The Unforgiven III: the most anticipated song that everyone was waiting to hear, and it doesnt't dissapoint. great piano and orchestral intro, clean riff is cool leading into an awesome heavy verse riff. drumming is outstanding on this one, and once again the bass has dissapeared. Bridge leading into solo is intense. One of my top 5 favorite Hammet solos ever. I love it, fast with feeling, lots of wah, long, fits perfectly. Second best best song on album. Lots of musical complexity, not really an unforgiven song, but a great song none the less.-9 08.The Judas Kiss: simple yet kick-ass riffs, something that metallica has always done well. no bass, big surprise. Drumming is ok on this, nothing spctacular. very cool extended, classic, yet fresh Hammet solo. Another one of the cooler songs on album.-8 09.Suicide and Redemtion: all hail the epicness of metallica instrumentals. 10 minute instrumental that is very easy to listen to all the way through. Drumming is great, as is the bass on this one. Creative and unique riffs throughout. Solos are amazing. taking some of the great ideas from "ktulu", and "orien".-9 10.My Apocalypse: great thrash song. Shortest song, but a great way to end the album. Great riffs throughout, and a short yet sweet solo, that leaves you amazed that these middle aged thrashers can still pull this stuff off. drumming is once again genaric thrash and once again no bass.-8 Overall Sound-Rythm guitars held tight and the dazzling combinations of riffs in every song held them all together well. Bass frequencies were nearly nonexistent, but when rob showed up he was impressive. drumming was on and off at times, it seems lars just aint the same beast that he used to be but still had some cool moments. Solos were great to hear again, some were throwaways to fill 20-40 seconds of the songs, but most feautured outstanding shredding and style that always fits whatever song he is doing. Hammets new amp could be heard, I like the new sonic textures it gives him during riffs and in solos. Very modern sound overall, yet still retaining that classic Metallica feel. Production and engineering could have been better, but what is past is past. Overall sound of this album was really cool, there were some dissapointments of course, but still worthwile and enjoyable to listen to.
Lyrics — 8
Lets all face it, James Hetfield of Kill em All and Master and Ride is gone. But what makes Hetfield a great metal vocalist is that he is always reinventing himself vocally. That stays true with this album. During the fast trash parts of these songs he barks out the lyrics with power and intensity, and yet can still show impressive melodic control on the ballads. His voice always matches what is happening in the music very well. His lyrical quality has gone up about a thousand times from St. Anger. There are so many memorable lines that i can remember from almost each song. The main lyrical theme here on DM is Death, but he is still capable of writing vague yet powerful lyrics that mean something different for everyone.
Overall Impression — 8
One of most peoples concerns, including mine, when they went to go buy this album was, am I going to be disapointed like I was with St. Anger. When I stayed up till 2 in the morning blasting it the night I got it, I couldnt stop headbanging. This album I would say is better that Load, Reload, and St. Anger combined.. Metallica is embracing new modern ideas, yet still keeping with the tradition of great songwriting that metallica is known for. there are some things that are dissapointing about this album yes, such as the nearly non-existant bass, shoddy production and engineering, inconsistent drumming. But there plenty of geat things about it as well. James sings his ass off here and lyrics are still as powerful as ever. There are at least 50 amazing riffs on this album that will delight any lover of great thrash. Solos are back and Hammet can still shred with the best of em. If you love thrash, if you love metallica, if you want a kick ass album and love kick ass music, definitly go get this album.