Add Phil Freeman of the Kansas City Pitch to the list of those blasting Metallica’s new album ‘St. Anger’. Freeman said, “The old Metallica was as fast and as riff-happy as Exodus, Anthrax and Slayer, but its sound was clean, gleaming like razor wire. ‘St. Anger’ is coated in all the digitally simulated grime millions of dollars can buy — the trash-can drums and tinfoil cymbals are the worst of it. Nothing here sounds like it came through an amp. All the fine-tuning that once kept the Metallica machine street-legal is gone, replaced with stolen Helmet riffs and lyrics that sound cowritten with Hetfield’s AA sponsor.” Read more.