Sound — 10
It's not like any covers album you have ever heard before. Metallica thought of all the artists that had inspired them in the past (the likes of Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Diamond Head and The Misfits) and put new life, fire and power into thier songs. James Hetfeild and Kirk Hammet have had to put in a very varied perofrmance on this record. From crazy shredding to acoustic picking there is not a note out of place. The bass playing, although simple is very important to each song, there are some cool bass lines but his job is more solid than spectacular. Lars has a nice easy job and is able to play out heavily on the songs to make them truly his own.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very varied, being from artists ranging from a sick loved up lunatic (Loverman) to an Irish folk classic (Whiskey In The Jar) then a look at the crappyness of the modern world (The More I See) even to the death of a parent (Am I Evil). James Hetfeild sounds different in each song, making each sounding like his own performace. The best sonsg lyrically are Am I Evil, Killing Time and the Mercyful Fate Medley. The medley of Mercyful Fate songs also has an excellent vocal performance, as does Killing Time, Blitzkerg and Sabbra Cadabbra.
Overall Impression — 10
It is definatly the best set of covers that I have ever spent my money on. It shows exactly what made Metallica the unstoppable force of Metal it is today. From fantastic lyrical prowess to amazing technical abillity you can just hear that Metallica really mean this and want to show thgier appreciation to their heros. Killing Time, Astronomy and The More I See are three impressive songs from Budgie, Blue Oyster Cult and Discharge. Metallica's version of each song is actually better than each original. They are fantastic covers that any band would be proud to put out. If it were stolen I would kill the stealer and win it back.