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ST. ANGER

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Rune2000
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1 stars A great return to form...a.k.a. who am I kidding here anyway?

Having spent the last few years, prior to 2003, catching up with the legacy trail left by Metallica it was now finally time for me to buy my first of their albums at the actual time of its official release. Naturally I was very excised to see how the band would follow up their Load/Reload albums. Like any fan of the classic era, I was definitely hoping that this would be the time where Metallica, that we all remember, would comeback with their strongest release since ... And Justice For All. Unfortunately this was far from that occasion.

The first few times while listening to this album, I recognized the definite change in Metallica's sound but it took me another few spins to admit to myself that most of these changes were for the worst. The band really managed to flush all our ideas down the drain with St. Anger, with problems ranging from everything starting from sound production, ridiculous lyrics, weird arrangement approaches and much more. Should I even bother bashing the material considering that most of you have probably heard it all before? The biggest problem I have with this album is that it depicts a band with not a drop of creativity left in them whatsoever.

Luckily the release of the documentary titled Some Kind Of Monster did clear up a lot of the issues that the band was going through which does explain why St. Anger felt so lackluster. Still, it doesn't give Metallica the right to basically drop a bomb on their fans and just run for cover by blaming it on the problems that surrounded this release. The rule should be simple; if you know that it's bad, don't release it in the first place!

**** star songs: Frantic (5:50) St. Anger (7:21)

*** star songs: Dirty Window (5:24) Shoot Me Again (7:10) The Unnamed Feeling (7:08) All Within My Hands (8:48)

** star songs: Some Kind Of Monster (8:25) Invisible Kid (8:30) My World (5:45) Sweet Amber (5:27) Purify (5:13)

Rune2000 | 1/5 |

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