Metallica
Some Kind of Monster


3.0
good

Review

by Buzz Killington USER (10 Reviews)
June 24th, 2007 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's what you'd expect from The Unnamed Feeling EP, only with a song worse than the Unnamed Feeling. Not to mention that they threw on a shorter version of it.

After bringing St. Anger to the table, which I like to describe as the patron saint of disappointing and repetitive music, questions about Metallica arose. Primarily, what is to become of them with their new abysmal sound whirling around? Another one is what is the point of this…”album”? I could hardly consider it an EP. This could possibly be a stop block. Either that or a tribute to the documentary Some Kind of Monster. The closest song that could be considered new is the edited version of Some Kind of Monster. The edit is better because the snare sounds the way it should be and it’s only 4 minutes long.

The first song however, is the actual Some Kind of Monster (ugh). It’s one of the most repetitive songs off St. Anger, so don’t even bother playing this song unless you’re one of the very few that liked St. Anger. When you hear the bridge, the song does change a tiny bit, but only for the worse. When you hear “Ominous, I’m in us”, don’t laugh. I’ll give you a cookie if you don’t.

And now, onto the live set. I don’t see what this has to do with St. Anger or Some Kind of Monster, though. These live songs were also on The Unnamed Feeling, which brings me back questioning the purpose of this album. Now, I don’t know how, and I’m not just talking about James’ voice, but even though this is old Metallica (yay!), it just doesn’t feel the same. The first song on the live set is a classic from Kill ‘em All, which is The Four Horsemen. Call me crazy, but this version is somewhat just as good as the original version, because it doesn’t have those two pointless minutes right before the end.

Apparently, Metallica can’t keep the flame hot, because the third song, Damage inc., is one of the more appalling songs off of this CD. It starts off promising, but then I hear James singing and then the song became ultra repetitive after that.

The best performance of the concert was Ride the Lightning. If you ask me, Ride the Lightning is Metallica’s best album. This song proves that Metallica has been around for a long while because James sings

...I forgot the fucking words...

Either that or the binge drinking is finally catching up.

And now, on to the concert closer which is another miraculous song from Kill ‘em All, Hit the Lights. Instead of that screaming he did on the original studio recording, he held long notes instead. Unlike Damage inc., this song sounds different halfway through but it still matches the song. This song features a great guitar solo by Hammet like always.

The actual last song is that better version of Some Kind of Monster that I talked about earlier. Even though this version is better, having even one version of Some Kind of Monster is bad enough.

Final Score: 3/5



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muchtallerthanu
June 25th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I once liked St. Anger once upon a time...

...But then I severely grew out of it. I'm considering making a few changes along the lines of tagging.

muchtallerthanu
June 25th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmmmm.... I guess you're right. I guess I wasn't descriptive on Lars' tin can snare drum on the first song.

muchtallerthanu
June 25th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rly? I recall you having reviewed like 2 Metallica albums by now, but whatever.

Bfhurricane
June 25th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I remember a friend lending this to me. I laughed when I heard james sing "I forgoot the fuckkking woorrddss." He sang like he was a professional drunk

Wizard
June 25th 2007


19410 Comments


Excellent review! I always thought this cd was just another cash grab until I saw the live versions of their classic stuff.

sonictheplumber,
I dont think a review like this needs that much description because everybody knows old Metallica tunes (not to mention they have been reviewed too many times on this site). And yet he still talked about all the parts of the songs that had changed from the original cds to the live versions. He covered it pretty well IMO.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

Wizard
June 25th 2007


19410 Comments


sonictheplumber,
hahahahaha, I was expecting a fight. I guess we are both right in our own way!

Geedrummer
June 25th 2007


607 Comments


i thought that some kid of monster was the only song that was ok on the st anger peice of shite

Bfhurricane
June 25th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

SKOM sucks. even on St. Anger, its one of the worser songs.
Anyways the_wizard, if you listened to this album you would realize that its played live very differently compared to the studio versions. Not to say the review wasnt good, but more descriptions could have made it better.

muchtallerthanu
June 29th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[QUOTE=BFhurricane]I remember a friend lending this to me. I laughed when I heard james sing "I forgoot the ****kking woorrddss." He sang like he was a professional drunk[/QUOTE]
"I ffffoorgo-....forgo-

*lol* I'm sorry im so fuggin' wasted!"

*Passes out and falls on crowd*

*gets crowd surfed to the exit*

PrimusSucks
August 5th 2007


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i forgot the fucking words.. lol

muchtallerthanu
August 21st 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:smash:There will be no fighting in this thread under penalty of Tim Allen Christmas movie film festival.



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