So what should the band release for their new album? Should they return to their roots and put out another album of blazing speed metal? Or should they push the envelope and see if they can reinvent Metallica? Of course they chose the latter, and this decision may prove to be their final undoing.
The decision to reinvent the band and its sound resulted in the album you're looking at here, St. Anger. You can't blame the band for trying, but almost everything about this album is wrong, wrong, wrong. The concept behind the album isn't a bad one. St. Anger is largely a first person exploration of James Hetfield's inner demons. He was, after all, fresh out of rehab.
So conceptually the album isn't too bad, but musically it's one of the worst things I've ever heard, and I've heard a LOT of records. The first thing you'll notice are the awful, ear-splittingly bad drums. The drums sound like Ulrich is playing on a Wal-Mart quality kit in a public bathroom. Honestly it sounds like he took his drum key, loosened the heads, and tried to get as much hum and echo as possible. So the tight, hard hitting, pulse driving drums from Metallica's early days are gone and all we have is wimpy, nasty, pathetic sounding drums.Read more ›