Before I start to critcise the thoughts behind this album I'd just like to mention the fact that on this album there is enough good material for any other band to release it as a classic. The crunching riffs of "Fixxxer" and the broodiness of my fave on this album "Where the wild things are" show in essence the brilliant musical talent and rockin ability of messrs Hammett,Hetfield,Newsted and Ulrich. But this isn't "any other band". This is the band that bought us "One", "Master of Puppets", "Creeping Death", "No Remorse" (need I say more!) This album is remorse for battering us with thrash albums and indeed rock albums littered with classics. Rather like post Waters Pink Floyd this album unfortunately wreaks of "use all money earning formulas",prog rock rather than the meaty, pioneering stuff of the 80's. Good as it is, this is not Metallica as I think Newsted's departure proves.