Funnily enough I was just listening to Hardwired and lamenting over how bad of an album it is. Those guys have no idea how to trim the fat on any of those songs. And it's a shame because I like the first 2 minutes of about every song on there, before realizing it goes on for an additional 5 minutes. Bleh. No one wants to listen to 80 minutes of modern Metallica.
I think Metallica had this issue long before Iron Maiden started expanding their average song length. It might be noticeable first in 'And Justice For All' which has two songs longer than 9 minutes, although they are both a hell of a lot more interesting than what appeared on 'Death Magnetic' and 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct'.They learned that from their #1 influence, Iron Maiden
Average track length on 'Death Magnetic' is about seven-and-a-half minutes, and for the most recent album it's somewhere between six and seven minutes. Most of these songs are a couple of minutes longer than they ought to be and would have benefited from a more succinct approach. The thing I remember most about the two most recent albums is that there's not a lot of memorable moments. I'm sure if they had written more compact, slimmed-down songs then I'd have enjoyed the albums a lot more.
Riffs are genuinely aggressive (they don't sound like a hard rock band playing a bastardized version of thrash metal ala lots of Hardwired)
And then in the Some Kind of Monster documentary Kirk goes on to say "I am no longer interested in playing traditional guitar solos". Exodus are probably glad Kirk left and losing the 'Creeping Death' riff with him was probably worth it.Self-editing is definitely a big problem with Metallica and it's only gotten worse since they stopped working with hands-on producers. I was watching this video and thinking how much they need this kind of input while creating music. James is great at creating something and finishing it, Lars is great at arranging it, but only if someone else is there to pick up the other 25% (editing). Not to mention someone to push lazy ass players like Kirk into doing something great.
Metallica really need to learn the idea that "less is more". If I listen to a good album that is about 45 minutes long then I want to listen to it again but Metallica's 4 studio albums post-Black Album bore me. A great entertainer is supposed to leave the audience wanting more, but Metallica leave me begging for less.Also, since Load every one of their LP's has been over 70 minutes. By any stretch, those are some long albums, and a lot to digest. Ride the Lightning, pretty universally hailed as their best (and my favorite), is only 48 minutes.
I'm sure they only felt that way because it wasn't 'St. Anger' and had it been released in place of 'Load' then there would have been outrage.
As do Maiden. They really do.Metallica really need to learn the idea that "less is more".
Agreed. I would leave one of the four weaker disc two songs (I think Murder One is the strongest), though.Hardwired was okay. I like Spit Out the Bone a lot in particular, but I find most of it pretty listenable. They could've easily cut out most of disc two without losing anything and ended up with a much tighter eight song album. Confusion is the only one on that half I'd leave, other than Spit.