Sound — 8
Not bad, but I know they could have done better. I'm not so sure drop-c tunig was a good choice for them. The vocals and music does, however, blend well together. The better soungs were, "Frantic", "St. Anger", "Some Kind of Monster", "Dirty Window", and "The Unnamed Feeling". Othe rthan that the rest are just ok. Different, but that doesn't mena it's terrible.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are harsher, more raw, and simply more brutal than Hetfeild has ever tried before. I think he did fairly well. He definately put a lot more kick into it this time around. I'm don't think it was a bad decision, only because I tihnk it was nice to see another side of him, lyrically. I still say hegoes back to the way he sang on The Black Album or Master of Puppets.
Overall Impression — 8
It compares with other artists with a fair fight. Nothing amazing, but not terrible. It did show a lot of talent. I see more effort put into it when compared to Load or ReLoad. The only thing I hated was the absence of guitar solos. The fact that Kirk stuck to rifffs as the highpoints of the song, rather than solos, just wasn't a great decision. Still, they did good and if I lost it, I would buy it again.