The years just pass like trains
Megadeth is better in studio than live though. Metallica is the opposite, mostly because it's harder to fuck up live sound
Metallica does quite a well job in decreasing the quality of live shows, though. Lars' live drum sound is fucking horrible. Not that he plays bad (he's okay) but it sounds atrocious in the mix. You can't even hear the double bass most of the time and believe me, he does play them. Sometimes guitar doesn't sound natural, also, check out the opening riff to Fight Fire with Fire from their latest tour, it almost exclusively sounds absurd.Megadeth is better in studio than live though. Metallica is the opposite, mostly because it's harder to fuck up live sound
12 to 9 is not really a big difference in this business, especially considering Metallica's breaks were caused by personal problems. (James) Death Magnetic was worth waiting, in my opinion. And they also do put out stuff to keep us excited, Beyond Magnetic songs were pretty cool.Compare it to Maiden. Since 1983, when Metallica made Kill 'Em All, Maiden have made 12 studio albums, while Metallica have nine. I'd also say that Maiden have toured more than Metallica, so that's how slow they are. If they took their time and then came up with a killer album, I'd be inclined to forgive them the length of time they take to record a new album, but recently that has not been the case.
It may very well be their final album, I think that's the excuse. They're trying to put up the best they can.They can definitely be forgiven some of the earlier breaks on the point of personal problems, but I don't recall there being anything like that since Death Magnetic. What is the excuse for a total of six years since then to the next album?
Lack of creativity and inspiration. Laziness. Enough money. No lack of anything. No real drive to make anything new when responses to old material is ten times better than to new songs. Maiden may also have better response to old songs but the difference with the recent isn't that appalling.What is the excuse for a total of six years since then to the next album?
Hmm. That is highly unoriginal though. It is more like a phrase nowadays. Bob Dylan wrote the song "Love is Just a Four Letter Word" for Joan Baez in 1965...The Day That Never Comes has fantastic lyrics, I think James hasn't lost it lyric wise, especially in terms of creativity. (i.e. "Love is a four letter word." by The Day That Never Comes)
Your observation of James flicking through dictionary and inserting cool words is true, but what's wrong with it as long as they make sense ? I'll point out my favorite parts of the lyrics of Justice, simply because I enjoy doing it.I read your comment wrong in that case. ...And Justice does have some nice moments. Though some of the tracks seem to suffer lyrics wise from what appears to be James flicking through a dictionary and inserting cool sounding rhyming nouns to the lyrics sheet. Tracks like Blackened, The Shortest Straw and the title track suffer a lot from this
One of my favorite overall Metallica tracks is Sanitarium, but that one line... "Can't they see it's why my brain says “rage”" always rubbed me the wrong way...My brain says rage?? ergh.
There is nothing wrong with it in itself but if we are discussing his worth as a lyricist I think it ought to be mentionedTheFlash said:]Your observation of James flicking through dictionary and inserting cool words is true, but what's wrong with it as long as they make sense ? I'll point out my favorite parts of the lyrics of Justice, simply because I enjoy doing it
You know, I see it interpreted as this all the time, but I just don't think it is an environmentalist song at all. I'm fairly certain it's about nuclear winter, and in that sense is Fight Fire With Fire's sequel.Blackened is a great environmentalist song "Smouldering decay, take her breath away, millions of our years, in minutes disappears, darkening in vain, decadence remains, all is said and done, never is the sun, never." part is one of my favorites on the album.
Hmm, interesting. The Call of Ktulu is one of my personal favorite Metallica songs, and both of them are ranked pretty high within their albums for me. I get that the riff is repetitive, but there's a lot of variation for being within that one riff, and the point after it moves away from the main riff is (this is a word that is overused and has had its meaning cheapened, but I essentially mean it in the original sense) epic. I don't know if anyone else has the S&M DVD, but in the booklet there is something written by Michael Kamen, who conducted the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, where he's talking about the whole experience. One of the things he says about the process of writing the orchestra music to go with the Metallica songs is:The album closers:
I find both Orion and Ktulu quite repetitive tracks. Ktulu has an intruiging intro and Orion a cool riff. The intro is over at some point and the riff gets repeated for aeons. Especially Orion is getting boring after a couple of minutes. Not much variation for such a long song.