God­fa­thers of Metal hard­wire their past on first al­bum in eight years.

THE GOD­FA­THERS OF METAL THRILLINGLY SA­LUTE THEIR OWN LEGACY WITH FIRST STUDIO AL­BUM IN EIGHT YEARS.

Q (UK) - - Contents - GE­ORGE GAR­NER

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METALLICA HARD­WIRED… TO SELF-DE­STRUCT BLACK­ENED, OUT 18 NOVEMBER

For a long time, Metallica seemed sat­is­fied to com­mit to any­thing but a fol­low-up to 2008’ s Death Mag­netic. De­liv­er­ing reis­sues, fan-cu­rated tours, a Lou Reed col­lab­o­ra­tion, a $ 20 mil­lion 3D film and more be­sides, they seemed to en­joy in­dulging them­selves. It should per­haps come as no sur­prise, then, that this long-over­due record fol­lows suit. Span­ning 12 tracks and two discs, Metallica’s 10th al­bum is a love let­ter to their own his­tory. In the be­gin­ning there was thrash metal, and that’s where Hard­wired… To Self-De­struct starts. The open­ing ti­tle track and At­las, Rise! are mag­nif­i­cent dis­plays of power. From there, Now That We’re Dead re­vives the sta­dium stride of their Black Al­bum-era be­fore Moth Into Flame trashes celebrity cul­ture and Dream No More in­vokes their fa­mil­iar muse: HP Love­craft’s myth­i­cal Cthulhu. By the time disc one wraps with the an­themic Halo On Fire, Metallica have al­ready pro­duced the ex­cel­lent al­bum ex­pected of them. The ques­tion then be­comes: how much Metallica is too much Metallica? The sec­ond disc cer­tainly yields more en­thralling mo­ments, but could have done with a bit more edit­ing in the case of Am I Sav­age?, bloated both in length and its un­fold­ing con­cept of a fa­mil­ial were­wolf curse. That sole mis­step is soon for­got­ten when Spit Out The Bone closes pro­ceed­ings. That it im­me­di­ately es­tab­lishes it­self as one of their most ag­gres­sive songs in a sto­ried ca­reer pred­i­cated on that very virtue is fit­ting. This is, af­ter all, an al­bum that sees Metallica ex­tend their legacy by sa­lut­ing it.

Lis­ten To: At­las, Rise! | Halo On Fire | Spit Out The Bone

OVER 12 TRACKS AND TWO DISCS, HARD­WIRED... IS A LOVE LET­TER TO METALLICA’S OWN HIS­TORY.

Metallica: some­one’s been at the den­tal floss.

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