Sound — 2
Metallica's sound quality has definatly improved over time, due to having more money, fans, more popularity. However this necessarily didn't mean the albums got better. Past the Black album the albums and sound became 'the same old boring generic heavy metal sound', no matter how good the music was, it will never get too much critics praise. Now they bring out a totally new sound with the best sound quality of there career. But don't get too exited! The album sounds like a complete mess! it's trying to sound angry but instead sounds childish, it tries to sound different but instead sounds childish. it's as if the drummer told them 'Ill hit these drums really fast while the bass player just play random stuff to fit with it, guitarist just play a random riff, and make up the lyrics as you go along'. it's rubbish! James Hetfields voice is similar to his on the original other albums but he does sound stupid compared to the terrifyingly awful backing music. True Metallica fans would agree with me that this is by far their worst album of their career. The fans who do like it have a weird taste in music, or they bought in to all the commerciality of the album. Metallica have truly sold out and have become the dregs of metal with this album.
Lyrics — 1
It often sounds like it's been made up on the spot. As if they were thinking of things that rhymed and stuck them together. They try to sound deep and angry, but it really just seems like a buunch of ameturs shouting random words. I have heard bad lyrics but when you get a song that goes "invisible kid, never seen what he did, got stuck where he hid, fallin through the grid" you really get pissed off. The booklet that goes with the CD has writing and scribles and pictures to make it look like they have made a deep though provoking album. I've heard deeper Busted songs! Metallica were better when they sang about what they really thought of and what was really inside of them. Not this rubbish!
Overall Impression — 3
By far the worst album by Metallica, and possibly the only album I have tried to like but failed. Upon 6th listening I gave up on the album altogether. St Anger was kind of catchy and cool when it first came out (still a terrible Metallica song, however) but when the whole album sounds exactly the same, and infact, worse than St Anger (which is the 1st track) then you really have a bad album. The only reason for getting this album is to complete an album collection or if your really into Metallica then you may find something here. But if you lose it then just go and buy another Metallica album. it's not bad as in laughable bad. It's just plain bad.