The First Single from their 2003 Album of the Same Name also Comes with Two Alternative Recordings of Ramones Songs the Band Recorded as Spec for the Tribute Album "we're a Happy Family": "Commando" and "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World".
Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load
, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984's Ride the Lightning
as a template for St. Anger
. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape. --Jaan Uhelszki