Well I’ve been looking forward to this album for a very long time now.
And I’m finally sitting here now, on my second listen and trying to digest it all.
The opening notes of “That Was Just Your Life” heighten the suspense to just about boiling point as you try to figure out if this album will be any good. Around a minute in you start to think this is not too bad… and then as the song really starts to kick in you find yourself head banging and thinking wow this is quite the crazy metal song. Lyrics are spat out in the verses oldschool style which starts to get your hopes up and the pre-chorus and the chorus very much impress.
For two reasons this song sounds good: it’s metal. but still reasonably catching, And you can tell from this song alone Jaymz has reclaimed a desirable voice. The song is an early statement of what you’ll find on the rest of this album predominantly metal, with some nice melodies and vocals thrown in.
Matt Sorum of Guns N’sRoses was not joking when he mentioned crazy tempo changes and speed, it is quite noticeable and if we look at ‘One; and ‘And Justice For All’ it can be seen these tempos changes are a part of many a good Metallica song.
The End Of The Line is going to send some moshpits crazy. At around 00.44 sec is a very cool riff to move too. The song is a mix of metal riffs with a catchy load era sounding riff used throughout the song. The lyrics are fast and spat with a genuine anger and menace.
It’s hard to describe these songs accurately as they are all mostly 7minutes+ with the longest coming in at 10 minutes, With many tempo changes, unexpected bits and just genuine unpredictability. Many songs go into 4-5 directions and achieve all satisfyingly.
The End of The Line features a fast an upbeat solo also, and in another surprising turn we have a clean break down at around 6.30, which leads into a heavy section with alternate lyrics, before going to back to the catchy riff and concluding! These songs are epic sounding I'll tell you!
Broken Beat And Scarred is a song that would not exist if the band had not gone back to Jaymz predominantly writing the lyrics. As some of the lyrics deal with a lot of things he is or has gone through “what don’t kill you make you more strong” “show your scars”. I’ll also make note that I find the drumming very enjoyable in this track. The solo is also enjoyable, vintage Metallica. Any Metallica fan could tell this is Kirk Hammet’s solo within a few seconds of listening to it.
The fourth song, The Day That Never Comes has been released for a while now. Has a great video, has great vocals, has strong lyrics, and has a great melody. This song really achieves Rick Rubin’s aim of getting Metallica to sound like Metallica, because everything from the opening notes to the solos and riffage for the last 4 minutes or so you associate with Metallica.
All Nightmare Long: We Have Bass! We also have a very fast thrash metal sounding kind of a song with an unfortunate title. This is one of my favorites at this point “Cos we Hunt you down without mercy, Hunt you down All Nightmare Long” hoping those lyrics are right… but I’m predicting those words will be stuck in a few heads after listening to this song. A catchy chorus a fast and heavy song, A reasonably long and psychedelic solo, other than the title Id find it hard to criticize this song.
Cyanide: is next probably my least favorite, it is reasonably catchy has a nice chorus, nice use of bass (we notice this because there has been a distinct lack of bass in previous releases) and um yeah the chorus is good, the pre chorus a lil disjointed still better than st anger.
The Unforgiven 3: I'm a big fan something very different, Can’t recall much piano happening in Metallica before but combined with the string section it sets the scene for the moody and unexpected song. I must admit when the vocals kick in at 1.36 it does give me a little surprise, a pleasant one.
The song’s chorus is clean and quite powerful, the verses feature distorted guitar in which the tie to its namesakes is apparent, the tie is also apparent in the solo. Id rate the solo better than that of the other two, the chorus in Unforgiven one is still better though in my opinion. In the matter of Unforgiven 2vs3 is a tough one… at this moment three wins. It’s just more accomplished.
The Judas Kiss announces itself and grabs your attention early. Before going into an unusual but cool main riff. This song is another one on the heavy side and further indicates that the ‘metal’ in Metallica is well and truly back. People may remember this song from the first trailer on Mission Metallica the “Bow down sell your soul to me, I will set you free”. Well that is this song, and it sounds a lot better in mp3 than it did in the video clip. It has a similar structure to a lot of the other songs on the album which is:
Reasonably long intro, a verse, a pre-chorus, a chorus, another verse, another chorus and a anything from a bridge to an interlude to a crazy solo … its all there I get lost in the song structures after that.
Suicide and Redemption: Instrumental, 10 minutes long, a nice groove, has changed direction 5 or 6 times so far and features a few nice melodies and cool solos, Kirk is making up for no solos in St Anger in this song, and really letting loose.
My Apocalypse: Another product of Jaymz’s writing again, shortest song, one of the coolest riffs in my opinion. The song reminds one of battery and damage inc but… um in 2008. Not many bands really make songs like this. “Into the crypt total eclipse” Is quite catchy this song gets better for me with every listen.
-Anything you expect won’t happen. You expect solo? You get heavy riffage, you expect riffage? You get clean breakdown. You expect clean verse and heavy chorus… you get opposite.
-Guitar solos back with force.
-Fast lyrics and heavy fast riffing.
-Anger lots of it.
-Much better than St Anger.
-The album comes in at something like 80 minutes.
Is a return to metal, standard tuning, and better songs from Metallica
-Its not very radio friendly other than the first single. The songs are just to heavy and long. Not that this even bothers me some may be wondering though if there is any possibly radio hits.
-Good singing and standard tuning
-Get out your guitar, prepare for an assault of heavy infection riffage (I know that’s not a word but it is in this journal)
-I’m enjoying and am looking foreword to it growing on me even more. Metal music often takes numerous listening to understand and enjoyMetallicaMegadethIron MaidenBlack SabbathAvenged SevenfoldPanteraOzzy OsbourneJudas PriestVan HalenGuns N' RosesColdplayRadioheadFall Out BoyMotorheadKissVenomDream TheaterMotley CrueRammsteinIced EarthBlack SabbathOpethMegadethAnthraxToolDream Theatre
[Enter SandmanNothing Else MattersThe Unforgiven 1The Unforgiven 2LoadDeath MagneticReloadSt AngerRide the LightningAnd Justice For AllThe Black AlbumKill Em AllGarage IncThat was just you lifeThe End of the LineBroken, Beat & ScarredThe Day That Never ComesAll Nightmare LongCyanideTHE UNFORGIVEN 3The Judas KissWarner BrothersSuicide & RedemptionMy Apocolypse