New Metallica Album 2003-06-14 01:38:48 Yesterday I went to my local music store to buy the new Metallica album St. Anger. Unfortunately, there was not a single cd anywhere, so feeling very dejected I returned home. I have listened to a lot of the songs though and I have got to say I am a little disappointed. The new album is good but I don't believe that it is anywhere near what I expected from Metallica. Even more disappointing I think that they have bought into the status quo of many bands today. There was a time where Metallica said they really didn't give a f**k if they didn't get played on the radio or if everybody hated them, I fear this may not be the case anymore. There was a time when this band was the standard for heavy metal now they seem to want to sound like the flavour of the week which some might classify as nu-metal. Honestly, they seem to sound more like some of the bands they will be touring with like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. My biggest compliant against this new album is the lack of lyrical complexity that they are usually known for, in fact the lyrics are quite repetitive. There is a lack of melody, harmonics and guitar solos. Let me elaborate. Lars' snare drum is awful and the symbals are far far too loud. The nice guitar riffs fairly simple and sound the same from each song to song. James singing is definitely not what I would expect either. I am a fan of their work in the 80's and this release seems to be aimed at teens who gobble up acts like Limp Bizkit (I am a teen btw) which is sad. Don't get me wrong I don't hate it all, Dirty Window and Sweet Amber are two of my favourites. However, I really don't know what to attribute this poor performance to exactly. I can think of a couple of reasons firstly, the departure of Jason Newstead. I am sure that Jason did contribute a lot to the sound of Metallica but I think his contribution was in some ways limited. I have heard Lars say before that Jason wasn't ever really treated like he was really part of the band and it actually surprised him that he stuck around for so long. So I am inclined to believe this isn't the reason. The second reason I can think of is the production of Bob Rock. Bob Rock is a great producer I think, but I think he has encouraged them to re-invent their style much like he did with bands like Our Lady Peace. But with not such great results, see a band like Our Lady Peace needed to re-invented, I'm not sure Metallica does. I have also heard that they didn't write anything but they just put the cd together from various 'jams', I think this might be a mistake too. Anyhow, I will still buy the new album, I plan to return next week when I have time and buy it. I would like to hear the opinion of other fans though.