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3.0 out of 5 stars Getting there, but still not top-par, 5 Sep 2012
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So after pretty much 2 decades of turgid, uninspired albums Metallica release what is a solid and decent thrash record, if nothing spectacular.

If your a fan of the 90's-00's output, you will probably find a lot to like on this album. If like me, you think the Black album was about as commercial as you would want Metallica to be, this is a bit more of a difficult pill to swallow.

The main problem with this album, is that the band recording it is Metallica. When you have released albums like Ride the Lightening, Master of Puppets and Kill 'em All, and then you release this, it simply doesn't stack up. The drums are quite tinny, the riffs not very memorable and the songs are too long most of the time. If this was a debut by a new band, it would be a decent effort, but Metallica are [or used to be] capable of so much more than this.

This is not a bad album by any means, and is certainly better than the likes of S&M, Load, Reload and St. Anger but it is meandering in places. A lot of the songs could be shaven down by 2-3 minutes and be vastly improved for it. Metallica used to be masters of writing precise, perfectly paced and to the point songs. In some cases that meant 14 minute songs, in others 3 1/2 minute songs. On this album, I feel that that precision is lacking.

It's a decent effort, and a return to form of sorts, but when you have the likes of Megadeth and Anthrax releasing what are 2 stand-out brilliant thrash records [th1rt3n and worship music], this sounds quite tired by comparision.

If you new to Metallica; buy Ride the Lightening and Master of Puppets First, and witness the true greatness of this once formidable band
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2012 02:28:05 BDT
S&M was more of a live album, and that's good. It's taking the classics and reinventing them in some ways. I certainly liked it. Load/Reload was trying to slow down things more, which worked and didn't work.

But again, there's no real explanation in depth as to why you think it's bad. Pick out a few tracks, and explain the music. Give pointers here and there, back statements up with facts -- for the song lengths, just generally state the song lengths. This is only my opinion.

Oh, and I'm not being picky, but you spelled lightning wrong.

All in all, this is a good review. More thought should be given into the lay-out of it.
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