A couple quick notes, this is a Sunday RnR instead of a formal review, which I was ready for on Friday, because Sunday RnR is generally a topic that’s either new music, something everyone is talking about, what I’m listening to, or a blast from the past. This album is the first 3, as it came out November 18th, it’s the only thing the rock world is talking about right now, and it’s probably the only thing I’ll be listening to this week. I have an unapologetic and undying love for Metallica, which would also make a formal review biased as Hell, but I’m gonna talk about it any way. Let’s go.
It’s been 8 long years since Metallica’s last full studio album Death Magnetic, and while I would have appreciated a smaller gap, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct delivers on the hype that’s been building for so long. The first single “Hardwired” came out, and I wasn’t in love with it at first. After a couple listens I liked it more, but I was still hopeful the rest of the album would be even better. “Moth Into Flame” (still one of my favorites) and “Atlas, Rise!” both also came out before the album, and grabbed me more, getting me more excited for this album. Finally, the day came (a day early through video releases) and I couldn’t be happy with what this album has to offer. Songs like “Now That We’re Dead” and “Halo on Fire” are songs I now I’m gonna be jamming to non stop for a while. I love the imagery of this album as well, be it the dwelling Cthulhu based “Dream No More”, the dystopian future under our mechanical overlords of “Spit Out the Bone”, or the beautiful tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead in “Murder One” (admittedly more bias).
To sum it up, I love this album, but there was almost no question I would. I’m just glad they made it so easy. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve heard every other Metallica hundreds of times growing up, even St. Anger, so I’ve got some catching up to do. Enjoy.