Hardwired was excellent.
It wasn't really hard to be miles better than 'St. Anger' though and I really do think that a lot of the adulation directed at 'Death Magnetic' when it was released was down to it not being 'St. Anger'. That's a low bar for quality . However, I do still maintain that there were more interesting ideas on that album than there were on the two subsequent albums. There's a Youtube video out there where someone has rerecorded the entire album himself with more professional tuning and production (again, low bar) and it actually sounds OK. Metallica love doing anniversaries of their previous albums as an excuse not to write, so I think they should re-record 'St. Anger' without biscuit tins for drums and with guitar solos. Maybe some people would be able to forgive them for the original version if it sounded decent. Who knows? It's almost certainly not going to happen though. Another three years of the Worldwired Tour for sure.Both are still miles better than St. Anger and a fair amount of ReLoad, though.
Yeah, while I can't say that I really like or listen to that album too much, it's probably not as a bad as some make it to be, as some have already stated here. It sounds rather bad, but as a... eh, structural metal record, it's not really... that terrible. Hard to listen to, though. That's why re-recording would be interesting, at least.I’m probably not allowed to say it, but actually St. Anger wasn‘t bad either, and the title track is great imo.
I'm sure one of the ideas they've got is for a song about seven minutes long which is melodic and poignant for the first five minutes or so, then builds up pace with with a heavy riff before some angry, venomous vocals and then the final 90 seconds or so is a chaotic, uptempo instrumental section.Well…at least they have said that they're sharing ideas, riffs or whatever…
Yup... agreed. I never liked the late Michael Kamen arrangements.S&M itself wasn't anything special
Once again 100% with you. Apart from a handful of "must includes" IMO the remainder of the setlist would be absolutely different. Something like this would be interesting: The Ecstasy Of Gold (played live by the orchestra), Blackened, Leper Messiah, The God That Failed, Dream No More, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Frayed Ends Of Sanity, Anesthesia, Ride The Lightning, For Whom The Bell Tolls, All Within My Hands, One, The Outlaw Torn, Cyanide, Master Of Puppets, The Unnamed Feeling, Spit Out The Bone, Orion, Enter Sandman and Battery.Why not do a completely new setlist instead?
Yep. It was like the orchestra was playing one song and Metallica a totally different song. Something more akin to Alter Bridge's last live album should've been better. Just follow the main melodies, it isn't so hard.I never liked the late Michael Kamen arrangements.
Always disliked The Unforgiven I. Not much fond of the second too. The third is bit better but nothing too special. Nothing Else Matters is boring but hey... what the heck! Apart from that pretty nice setlist.Yep. It was like the orchestra was playing one song and Metallica a totally different song. Something more akin to Alter Bridge's last live album should've been better. Just follow the main melodies, it isn't so hard.
Anyway, with that arrangement, I would've liked to see For Whom The Bell Tolls and Fade To Black and The Call Of Ktulu and Battery and The Thing That Should Not Be and Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and Blackened and ...And Justice For All and Nothing Else Matters and The Unforgiven and The Unforgiven II and The Unforgiven III and My Friend Of Misery.
Those are the songs for which I can imagine the orchestra working. It's not enough for a full set though.
I'll listen to the album on Spotify but I won't bother buying the DVD. Last year I saw the concert at the cinema which was very cool (see my thoughts here) but I'm not in a hurry to see it again or to give Metallica any more of my money. If anyone hasn't seen it yet I would definitely recommend giving it a go, but these boxsets look quite expensive.Anyone else looking forward to S&M 2?