Metallica -Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

 

Disc 1
1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth into Flame
5. Dream No More
6. Halo on Fire
Disc 2
1. Confusion
2. ManUNkind
3. Here Comes Revenge
4. Am I Savage?
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out the Bone

 

If you expected a full thrash metal album, then, this record is not for you. Metallica was always bigger than thrash metal itself, and that`s a really positive thing. That`s the main reason of their success in last 25 years. But if your ears are widely open, you will like this record.

Not so long time ago, a big bang in a whole metal world happened. The biggest metal band on the world released a new studio album. We were waiting for 8 years for this album. Many people thought that this will never happen, because 8 years between two releases is much time. Some people were predicting that it will be a pile of shit, and other people were predicting that it will be a masterpiece, and all those statements were made even before first singles. So, what have we got?

The title track, Moth into flame and Atlas, rise! were released as singles before album. Hardwired is a pure speed/thrash fast and furious opener, just like in the early days. Moth into flame and Atlas, rise! are thrash influenced, but they are mainly melodic heavy metal songs with big NWOBHM influence, which is a great thing.

Metallica is one of the really few bands that never went far from hard rock/NWOBHM roots, and we can hear it clearly on this album. They are more melodic than ever. Some will like it and some will hate it, just like every other thing in this life. Now that we`re dead is a classic Black album-esque groovy track. It has a really dumb beginning, which is one of the low points of this album. But the rest of the song is great with stron verse and chorus. Halo on fire is a power ballad, and it`s the longest track on the album. It sounds like some strange mix between Load and Black album styles.

Kirk Hammet played one of his most beautiful solos ever, and that`s one of the best things about this song, and it can be one of the masterpieces in their catalogue. The band made a little homage to their late hero, Lemmy Kilmister, who died last year. Maybe everybody expected fast and dirty song, but it`s not anything near that. It starts with a clean guitar part, and it becomes a mid tempo track.

It has a solo section that is almost the same like in To live is to die from …And justice for all album. The song is ok, but nothing more than that. Am I savage is forgettable and maybe the only really bad song on this album. It`s simply unnecessary. Spit out the bone is the album closer, and it was the hidden trump of this album.

Fast and melodic thrash metal anthem crushes everything around. It`s maybe one of their best songs ever and it sure would be a classic if it was from eighties. In generally, expectations are fulfilled. The boys came with really good record which is really fresh and strong, but some things are recycled from the past.

There are many Black album and Load/Reload moments which are cool, but we are used to hear different stuff on every Metallica album. The production is similar to Black album, but it has to be thicker and more natural. If you expected a full thrash metal album, then, this record is not for you. Metallica was always bigger than thrash metal itself, and that`s a really positive thing. That`s the main reason of their success in last 25 years. But if your ears are widely opened, you will like this record.

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Rating Album:7,5/10

Mateja Cveticanin

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Mateja Cveticanin as a tall creature which sees and hears everything, and that`s one of the most important things in this fight for our (rock`n`roll) world. I`m dedicated to music in every possible way.

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