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
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
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
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
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,"
"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!
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
11. All Within My Hands