Nothing fancy here, no frills; just a nice, pleasant and welcome treat for fans to tide over the (probably) long wait until the band get round to recording their next full length release in... whenever that may be. Anyway, the four vault songs that is presented here is basically the order of the day for what could be described as the "left over scraps" from Death Magnetic. Well, if that's what they are then they are at least very enjoyable, at least to this reviewer.- Whilst I could easily give a straight nod to "Hell and back" (as being my outright favorite song of this EP!) overall these compositions are surprisingly decent and all rounded. Personally, i'd also have to take my hat off to "Hate train" as well as again- to "Hell and back" as these numbers both boast some top quality Metallica riffage. "Hate train" is the first track; which is definitely a decent stab at traditional Metallica metal, whilst the last song "Rebel of babylon" is what I could identify as the weakest of the bunch here but even then it still has an element of potential and respectability about it.
Fans who may still have the underlying issues with Death Magnetic's sound & production quality will no doubt return to this with the same irate concerns to what had been unleashed in scorn over that album. So since this EP has essentially come from the same rough mix and mould, this thing should stir up a great deal of interest in Metallica world, (especially after the bombage affair of Lulu a few months back.) So this does in a way kinda send out the message that Metallica IS still a top Metal band and will one day return to follow this up with hopefully something very decent. Modern Metallica is one that I enjoy in similar ways to that of older Metallica, even if the eighties Metallica is and always will be pure metal class!. This is however, on it's own individual merits a pretty good EP as it is and does actually contain some quality "rough and ready" tracks on it that doesn't simply follow the premise that if you stick a few live numbers on an EP that everyone already has, they're not still gonna rush out the door to buy it just because it's their favorite icons.
Overall good little EP; infinitely superior to the cash-in scam that was "Six feet down under" and one that's definitely worth the time to look at.
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