Sound — 1
What can I say about this album. Criticizing the sound of this album is like picking on a special kid. You feel bad after criticizing this album. The first thing is what is up with Lars' drums, they sound like he was playing with pots and pans. Maybe he lost his drumset. Who knows. Metallica were trying to be nu thrash metal or something, either way there were no songs worth mentioning and everything was way underproduced for Metallica. Again if I say anything bad I feel like I'm pickin on a retard.
Lyrics — 2
The lyrics were metallica trying to do nu metal's emotional lyrics but they come off weird coming from 40 year old millionaires. Anyway Hetfields vocals are obviously off pitch and you can hear him hit the wrong note on most of the albums tracks (minus the title track). I guess they were trying to make an angrier sound so the lyrics are attempted to be angry and I guess they should be applauded for that.
Overall Impression — 1
This is undoubtedly metallicas worst album of all time. There is absolutley no thrash purity from this album. What we got was Reload mixed with disturbed minus metallicas solo's. The only thing is that Metallica tried to make a throw back to albums like Kill em All and Master of Puppets. The songs just lack the musical quality and agression and songwriting ability that metallica displayed on all there other albums. Relaod is where I personally see the End point and personally I saw this coming about a mile away. I think that this should be used as a torture device and anybody who wants to steal it they are welcome to it.