Friday, September 12, 2008

The Metallica Thumbs Session

  • Thumb up for two songs on from "Death Magnetic" : "That Was Just Your Life" and "My Apocalypse". Old school Thrash Metal, something that has been missing from the Metallica catalogue for many years. Overall the album deserves 6 out of 10 which is a big improvement compared to "Load", "Reload" and "St. Anger".
  • Thumb down for Lars Ulrich for  imagining that people expect Metallica to save Metal. Gimme a break:) A) Metal is alive and kicking wildlier than ever, so thinking that it needs being saved is simply arrogant. B) A whole bunch of fresh new bands are carrying the flag forward with exceptional vigour - and first on my list would be Decrepit Birth. C) Old timers are doing an excellent job of sticking to their guns and delivering quality Metal without the large scale marketing Metallica benefits from : hail to Kreator, Iron Maiden, Cynic, Sodom, Slayer, Obituary and the list could go on.
  • Thumb up for the marketing campaign for "Death Magnetic" centered around creating the buzz and steadily building up to the grand finale. Internet was perfectly used for what it best serves at, propagating information.
  • Thumb down again for Lars Ulrich for having stated in the "Some Kind of Monster" documentary that classic Metal soloing is outdated. What better proof that he's fundamentally worong than Kirk Hammet delivering some of his best solos on "Death Magnetic" in the 3 songs I already mentioned. Simply pathetic.
  • Thumb up of for me making peace with Metallica. I would have been really sad if they went down with "St. Anger", instead I'm comfortable with having two or three fresh Metallica tunes I can headbang on. I flash them the devil horns for that. Maybe that's their secret, driving the expectations sow low that any new song with fast riffing where James doesn't try to sing and Kirk's solos have a decent space sounds great.