Rhythm - - BEAT! - Down­load: ‘One’ Goto:­tal­ (RL)

So much dis­cus­sion about Me­tal­lica’s fourth al­bum is cen­tred on its sound; dry, scooped and lay­ered… and that’s be­fore we even get to Lars and the bizarre lack of au­di­ble Ja­son New­sted bass. Yet there’s a very strong ar­gu­ment that this is their great­est state­ment; un­com­pro­mis­ing, po­lit­i­cal and their most tech­ni­cal flour­ish. Be­fore Lars dis­cov­ered the ‘Snare Of Dreams’ with Bob Rock, he was push­ing him­self hard – per­haps too hard, he would say now if he tried to tackle the dark break­neck thrash of ‘Dy­ers Eve’.

This is a re­mas­ter rather than the remix some de­mand – be­cause if they didn’t com­pro­mise then, why would they now? And yes, it sounds bet­ter; brighter, with greater def­i­ni­tion for those dou­ble kicks. This is ar­guably Ul­rich’s finest play­ing, pre­sented at its sonic finest.

A me­tal clas­sic is made even bet­ter

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