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Metallica - St Anger


Review: Jack Foley

THE good news (for Metallica fans) is that St Anger marks a return to the band's earlier, more brutal, style of songwriting - fast, furious, angry and loud.

The bad news (for just about everyone else) is that this marks an album to avoid for anyone who wants their ear-drums to remain intact.

With lyrics such as 'I need to set my anger free', or 'my lifestyle determines my death style', you should probably know what to expect.

Yep, aggressive lyrics and guitar riffs, all backed by the trademark thumping drums, with only moments of calm to provide a respite from the headbanging.

This is as heavy as heavy gets; an album which the fans appear to be drooling over, but which should have everyone else running for cover.

I've certainly not found myself rushing for the skip button so much in quite a long time.

This is metal in its purest form - long, drawn out and fury-laden. Purists will no doubt insist that it puts the nu-metal movement, led by Linkin Park, to shame, but give me some LP any day over this.

It is little wonder that US troops were playing this as a form of torture to Iraqi POWs - too much of this would drive most sane people insane.

According to Lars Ulrich, on the HMV website, St Anger marks the end of a long journey of discovery.

"It's been a ride that's taken us to places inside ourselves, inside the band, inside the potential of human beings and the music and everything else we could not imagine existed," he states.

"But if you asked me then, I would say for the first time in my life with Metallica, I was starting to prepare myself that maybe the ride was over."

Let's hope so, bro!

Track listing:
1. Frantic
2. St. Anger
3. Some Kind Of Monster
4. Dirty Window
5. Invisible Kid
6. My World
7. Shoot Me Again
8. Sweet Amber
9. Unnamed Feeling
10. Purify
11. All Within My Hands

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