Metallica
St. Anger


5.0
classic

Review

by OFace USER (15 Reviews)
September 28th, 2010 | 250 replies | 12,878 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metallica decided to raise their middle finger to pretty much everyone on Anger, and that is precisely why it works.

21 of 33 thought this review was well written

Show it respect or it will show you its fist, in the face. If you don’t understand anger, you don’t understand James Hetfield. You don’t understand the fire, the raging, pulsating unsurfaced fury that drove this man throughout his life. The genius of Hetfield is usually only appreciated in his early works, works like Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets. These albums were about war, about chaos, destruction, and cocaine. They were angry, but more in the sense of anger towards certain establishments, and about outside influences. James got his rage out, to near sonic perfection I might add, but he never faced the anger, the beast inside. Until St. Anger.

You might think St. Anger is an under-produced, pulsating clusterf*ck of misguided rage and horrific songwriting. I call it genius, especially in parallel to the album’s themes and the un-matched depression engrossing Hetfield at this time. You don’t scream TICK TICK TICK TOCK with that much fire and emotion unless you are crawling out of your skin. You don’t say “f*ck it all and f*ckin no regrets” unless you mean serious God Damn business. What is this monster James speaks of? Alcohol? Mid-life crisis? Trouble with the wife? At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter much. Whatever the hell was wrong with James Hetfield during this time, it propelled him to something great. Something epic. It propelled him to write beastly songs like “Some Kind of Monster.” It inspired him to talk about the torment of “Invisible Kids.” It simply stated, with James screaming at himself, YOURE LIVIN A LIE YEAH. James’ lie turned to James’ rage, which in turn catapulted James’ genius. You just don’t get it.

On a production note, some people like to skewer Lars Ulrich for his snare drum. Some call it the worst drumming performance in history. I call it underrated. I call it the backbone for the understated yet raging thematic chaos of this record. I call it a touch of subtle grace. As for Kirk? Well Kirk got himself reigned in on this album. He wasn’t allowed to solo, which on the surface is a shame of epic proportions, but this in turn allowed him to mirror Hetfield’s morbid riffs, adding a layer of beast-like tenacity to each surging, pulsating chord. The production is the point here people. Metallica was lambasted for the polished production of the black album. They were raped for the toned-down, hard rock overtones of the Load series.

Metallica decided to raise their middle finger to pretty much everyone on Anger, and that is precisely why it works. You might not like it. James wanted it that way. Lars could really care less if you can’t handle his metal onslaught. Don’t live a lie. Get on board, and recognize St. Anger for the masterpiece it is. You don’t like St. Anger? You’re not madly in Anger? Either respect it or suffer the consequences of your face meeting James Hetfield’s fist. Like the album, the result won’t be pretty, and your face will probably get caved in.



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OFace
September 28th 2010



173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I feel my world shake. Like an earthquake.

Beauville88
September 28th 2010



221 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can't help but feel that this is a joke.

And if it isn't, well, have you listened to Lightning? Puppets? Justice?

Jesuslaves
September 28th 2010



4655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[img]http://i29.tinypic.com/34ss8ow.jpg[/img]

DoubtGin
September 28th 2010



6748 Comments


this even got one 0 rating

its THAT bad

OFace
September 28th 2010



173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Of course, I am a huge Metallica fan! So much so that I can sympathize with James and realize what he was going for here. This is gold.

xfearbefore
September 28th 2010



1245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty good review, though a few parts of it are almost insulting to the reader. Specifically the line "You just don't get it" is awful as well dude, that's like the number one thing you should NOT say in a music review. Otherwise good succinct review, though I'd have to terribly disagree with your rating. This album is about a 3 at best, anger and rage and emotion are all well and dandy but if the songs you write to express those emotions suck, it doesn't really matter.

Gmork89
September 28th 2010



5502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not a 5, but it is angry and violent and definitely a bold step for them as a band. It doesn't get the respect it deserves.

SCREAM!
September 28th 2010



10025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

jesusslaves that actually made me lol pretty hard. nice one

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

NeroCorleone80
September 28th 2010



28691 Comments


Not a bad review, but this album really is bad.

Digging: Howlin Wolf - Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight

OFace
September 28th 2010



173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys!

ffs
September 28th 2010



4863 Comments


sayaint aynger rouurnd mah neeeyeeck

Apollo
September 28th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You don’t say “f*ck it all and f*ckin no regrets” unless you mean serious God Damn business

riiiiight

Gmork89
September 28th 2010



5502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pos'd by the way.

climactic
September 28th 2010



18638 Comments


o god

OFace
September 28th 2010



173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

riiiiight

^ Apollo just can't connect to James' fury. Not everyone can.

SCREAM!
September 28th 2010



10025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

review isnt terrible but the reviewer seems almost dellusional

OFace
September 28th 2010



173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Scream, maybe I am a little bit, but what can I say, I love Metallica!

Jesuslaves
September 28th 2010



4655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You don’t scream TICK TICK TICK TOCK with that much fire and emotion unless you are crawling out of your skin.


Or on acid.

pizzamachine
September 28th 2010



12571 Comments


It sounds like he's in love with James.

Gmork89
September 28th 2010



5502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"review isnt terrible but the reviewer seems almost dellusional"


Ya, no way anyone could say this is on par with their old works unless they were a little off...



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