Metallica Can’t Compete In Today’s Harder & Faster Metal

Phil Freeman of the Cleveland Scene reviewed ’s latest effort ‘St. Anger’, calling it “definitely the noisiest, ugliest record ’s ever made.” Freeman says, “‘St. Anger’ introduces the fourth version of . There was the that took thrash metal aboveground, from ‘Kill ‘Em All’ through ‘…And Justice for All’; the that got arena- and radio-friendly for the ‘Black Album’; the that embraced boogie-rock and Marianne Faithfull on ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’; and now, there’s this Lazarus , which wants to be hard and heavy again, the way it was in the old days. But that was a long time ago — and they were pretty drunk. Metal’s gotten faster, harder, and grittier in their absence, and the new, middle-aged can’t compete.” Read more.

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