Hardwired….To Self-Destruct – Metallica

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Posted 24th March 2017 by

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Ever since the release of their 1996 album Load, I have treated any new album from Metallica with great suspicion.

Live they still cut fire no problem there, playing songs from their first five Classic albums. But there have been some albums that have been real doozies along the way. The simply appalling St Anger in 2003 with No Guitar solos and little bottom end. The pathetic attempt at a partnership with Lou Reed on Lulu which left both parties at the mercy of Music Reviewers Worldwide.

Things were starting to point in the right direction with their ninth studio album Death Magnetic in 2008. Then the Band concentrated on touring, headlining all over Planet Earth and never disappointing as a Live Band and the set always livened up with Cover songs (So What??). Now, Eight years have flown by and out comes Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

It comes as a Double CD with six Original tracks on each CD or as a Deluxe Edition with an added Third CD of Covers (Iron Maiden and Deep Purple get the treatment), a crunching tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Lords of Summer a single released in 2014 recorded Live and a selection of belting Live songs old and new recorded at Rasputin Music, Berkley California in April 2016.

Believe me you want the Deluxe Box set.

Right from when the opening blast of first track Hardwired hits you in the chest, for the first time in years it sounds like a band that matters. This is the first release on Metallica’s own label Blackened Recordings, and the first album to not include any writing credits for Lead Guitarist Kirk Hammett since he joined the Band in 1983 (This was not done intentionally as Kirk Hammett lost his iPod with all his ideas on it just before they went into the studio). But whatever, it pays dividends as with Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield holding the reigns it allows the Guitarist to shred, shudder and smash his guitar on the many ear shattering solos on the album.

This new album is really going to shake up the Metallica live set list with many numbers already included in the show case gigs they have played to promote the album. This is fine Heavy Metal from the Lords of their chosen realm. From Epic songs like Moth into Flame and Here Comes the Revenge to the all out thrash metal of Spit out the Bone. This track closes the Second CD and leaves you exhausted in its wake.

With Robert Trujillo now comfortable in the Bass playing role thundering away through out the album. Any stupid questions about Lars Ulrich as to whether he is good enough to be the Drummer in Metallica are firmly put to rest. In fact, his drumming is one of the many highlights of the album. James Hetfield still leads the Band from the front but this time he has written proper lyrics with meaning and sings them with feeling.  The whole album is a blast from start to finish, most promisingly Metallica actually sound as if they are enjoying what they are doing for the first time in many a year.  It was released on 18th November 2016 and is Number One in Fifty Seven Countries. Now you just cannot argue with that. Metallica have already sold over 110 Million albums. With Hardwired… To Self Destruct, that number is going to go way up.

Written By Mott the Dog and Hells Bells.


CD 1
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Dream No More
Halo on Fire

CD 2
Here Comes Revenge
Am I Savage?
Murder One
Spit Out The Bone

CD 3
Lords Of Summer
Ronnie Rising Medley
When a Blind Man Cries
Remember Tomorrow
Helpless (Live)
Hit The Lights (Live)
The Four Horsemen (Live )
Ride the Lightning (Live)
Fade to Black (Live.)
Jump in The Fire (Live)
For Whom The Bell Tones (Live)
Creeping Death (Live)
Melting Militia (Live)
Hardwired (Live)

Mott the Dog



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