Sound — 6
So, this album sets itself much apart from their last two piles of crap, load and reload, are horible excuses for albums. unlike the last two albums this is actually metal. I think that it is a step in the right direction. but going in depth. C guitars! That's bull, it's seems that no one thinks you can make heavy music in good old standard E tuning. What the hell is that? I don't know why they did it, but I gotta say I am not a fan. and the biggest problem on the album is the drums! I don't know how lars thought his kit sounded good!. I can't tell if he is beatin on a trash can or an acutal snare. My god, the man has never had good drum tunings but this was an alltime low. Which sucks because the drummin on the album is actually good. If only he could make his bass clearer turn down the hi hats and tune his damn snare. He would sound much much better.
Lyrics — 2
As far as lyrics go, they suck. In the past metallica lyrics were clever, good metaphors and the like but this album has the worst lyrics ever, you would think james has never written any lyrics before. very un impressed. fran tic tic tock? the hell is that? it sounds infinitly bad. invisible kid is just awful. I don't know what was running through james' head when he wrote those lyrics, it all rhymes and in a shitty way, man. What happenend to good lyrics james? soberin up doesn't agree with your writin man.
Overall Impression — 6
Over all, the album is better than lead and reload, but if you were to try to compare this to the likes of master of puppets it would fail miserably. I don't think they will ever be as good as ride the lightning or justice. So we just have to deal with what ever crap they give us I guess.