Finally we get a new Metallica record after eight years since their last one (Death Magnetic). Hard wired… to Self
Destruct’ was released November 18th 2016 and it adheres strictly to the standard four piece thrash metal band setup. At no point is the pummeling of heavy electric guitars broken up by an acoustic guitar, a string section, an organ, a trumpet, or anything else.
In my opinion it’s the best album since the Black Album. I really liked the album as a whole. It’s awesome. An abundance of songs displayed here from the thrash metal legends.
It is a 2-disc album which doesn’t make too much sense to me since total playing time is about 80 minutes. But what a pounding you get in those 80 minutes.
Hardwired… To Self Destruct certainly starts out like it means business. The opening ‘Hardwired’ is a no-nonsense, three-minute burst of frantic thrash metal that sounds little like anything the band have served up since … And
Justice For All, and is enough to capture the attention of even the most jaded fan. Machine-gun like drumming? Check – and Lars Ulrich, often criticized for sloppy playing and poor timing, sounds more precise and switched-on than he has for years. Inhumanly precise rhythm guitar? Check – and James Hetfield is in uncommonly good voice here, too, even throwing in a few juicy obscenities for good measure; it’s almost as if the band are drawing a line under their radio-friendly period and are embracing the fire and rebellion of their early days once more. Kirk Hammett’s brief solo may be a little lackluster, but then the three-minute format of the song doesn’t lend itself to guitar heroics.
Robert Trujillo’s bass is a sturdy framework throughout. In short, ‘Hardwired’ is exactly what long-term fans were hoping to hear. Its position as opener is no accident, however, as the rest of the album is quite different in tone. Honestly, some of the songs aren’t anything mind-blowing or amazing, but they’re good nonetheless. “Spit Out the Bone” is the best track overall. It feels like a well thought out mid paced thrash song. The riff reminds me of “Hammerhead” by Overkill. If you liked the thrashier moments that Death Magnetic had to offer, you will dig this one. It’s not as one dimensional as “My Apocalypse”, and has a great dual guitar part which was almost worth listening to “Here Comes Revenge” to get here. The opener is serviceable oldschool thrash metal
“Atlas, Rise!” is another great song drawing influences from NWOBHM and Maiden in particular, with little hints of ‘...And Justice For All’ in the tempo changes and structuring. “Moth Into Flame” gives the first disc the edge over the second, giving the disc a much needed boost of speed, and it’s another good heavy/thrash song that reminds me of “Disposable Heroes” with the guitar doodle part when it’s in full flow,
‘...And Justice For All’ in the mid-section and ‘Black album’ in terms of overall vibe.
Overall I would say that Dadtallica is now back to full fledge Metallica we have all known was still in there and was just waiting to peek it’s head out once again.