Sound — 10
The sound on this album is amazing, I can't believe people are still bitching about this album, it is really good and it is heavy. Kirk and James decided to try something different and I think it was pretty well worked out with the guitar breakdown's in every song which by the way is pretty cool. The drums are really, really cool too with amazing drum beats from Lars and his pounding bass drums. The bass is really cool too I can't believe people are bitching about Metallica's new bassist is awesome. So the sound was was actually pretty amazing even without the solos it is still a really good album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are amamzing on this album, and they do make sense on this album. I love it when Kirk and the rest of the band do the backup vocals its pretty sweet like in the song "Unnamed Feeling" when Kirk does the intro and says been here before like 6 times. The ending too Some Kind Of Monster is funny when they are chanting "Ominous I'm In Us" like 7 times.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is all out pure metal. It is not classic but still it is good metal and it is Metallica. I love everything about the album and I hate nothing about it. If it were lost I would defenitely buy it again. Get this album if you are a true metal fan or else!