Okay, this album is a decent effort by Metallica, we all know this isn't another "Kill 'Em All," or "Ride the Lightning," but it's still Metallica. You may know that Heavy-Metal in the 80's sounded like it was recorded in a garage, thats because they didn't have the best recording technology back then. When you get up to the 1990's better recording technology became available and many bands like Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath and Metallica to name a few decided to use that newer technology. Metallica started to use a different, thicker, newer sound for their instruments, the songs may be slower, and their lyrics may be a bit cliche'd but that also shows you that they grew up instead of writing aggresively, if you want Thrash-Metal, and I love thrash as well, then get Slayer, Pantera, or Nuclear Assualt, those are good bands that decided to take the place where "...And Justice for All" left off. I love classic Heavy-Metal, and this album comes close to things you may hear from Dio, Black Sabbath, Armored Saint, Skullview, Holy Mother, or Judas Priest. This is a great Metallica album, forget about all the negative reviews, if you love good music, I would suggest that you get it.