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Posted by Rache , Apr 27 2012 · 784 views

stale repeat recycled
One of my friends recently showed me a video of a song from a live performance Metallica did in San Francisco in December of 2011, citing it as evidence that Metallica has "a breakthrough on the way". Intrigued, I listened to the song, and found myself gravely disappointed.

From the beginning, the song failed to sound noticeably different from other songs Metallica has done. Now, I'm not expecting them to suddenly become an entirely different sort of band, or for James Hetfield to pull a flute out of his pocket, but some innovation would have been nice - anything present in the song to suggest that Metallica still has new ideas would have refuted some of what I've said for years about the band.

Instead, what I heard was the same performance in the same old way, and in a world that has Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Buckethead and Joe Satriani, I have no time for Metallica's stale, recycled riffs, simplistic, unchanging basslines, and disappointingly unsubtle lyrics. The only good thing I can say about this song is that Lou Reed was nowhere to be seen.

RIP Metallica

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1988? no love for the Black Album?

sure, it wasn't as brilliant as the previous ones, but it wasn't bad either.
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I'll be willing to extend it to 1991 for that album, yes.
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What about Death Magnetic? It was pretty good.
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Death Magnetic fell through a time portal from the time period outlined, which explains its stylistic differences from their other post-1991 work.
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