Metallica
St. Anger


3.0
good

Review

by Waister USER (1 Reviews)
February 11th, 2012 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's no classic, but at least it ain't Reload.

Note: This was my first attempt at a review, so I'm sorry if this isn't any good.

It has been almost 10 years since the release of St.Anger, and ever since it's release it has been hated by many Metallica fans, and of course by the jackass' who continue to preach the whole "Metallica Sold Out!".
It's understandable why people dislike this album so much though. The production has a very raw sound to it, which doesn't go well in some of the songs, but would ruin other songs if it was taken away. Also Lars' snare sounds like he's constantly hitting a keg, or something similar to that. Which like the production, goes well in some songs, but in others it just doesn't. Thirdly, most of the songs, if not all the songs, are pretty damn long. Not only are they long, but they are repetitive which makes the album seem to drag on a little bit.

That being said though, there are some qualities to the album that make it seem like a decent attempt. The album remains very heavy throughout. No "Fade To Blacks" or "Nothing Else Matters" are found on the album, and for me, this works very well. It keeps the album going strong, fast, and in your face. This album has probably produced some of the heaviest Metallica riffs ever. For example, in the song "My World" the riff that comes after the pre-chorus makes me wanna go nuts. Another perfect example of this is the intro to St.Anger. Starts off with just the guitar playing the riff, then a gradual build up with the drums, then the full band play with a simple beat in the background, and then all hell breaks lose when the double bass section comes in. This is just in the first 55 seconds of the song.

Unfortunately, I have to return to some of the cons now. Like I stated earlier, the songs are very long. I think the shortest on the album is around 5 minutes. Now this wouldn't be a problem if there were a lot of different parts that made up the song, like Progressive Metal bands do, but this isn't the case. Instead the 6 or 7 minute tracks on this album just repeat the same 3 riffs over and over and over. This makes some of the songs kind of a bore to listen to at times. The song "Shoot Me Again" could have been cut down to around the 4 minute mark, as the last 2 and half minutes is just the Chorus being repeated with a short riff in-between it.

Also the lyrics on this album are pretty poor. This is shown in the song "Invisible Kid"
"Invisible Kid
Never See What He Did
Got Stuck Where He Hid
Fallen Through The Grid"
When I first heard those lyrics, I have to admit, I felt almost embarrassed for Metallica. It just lacks anything of meaning and has no energy behind it. Now don't get me wrong, the lyrics to "Invisible Kid" are an improvement from the "Kill 'Em All" lyrics, but still don't cut it for me. "Shoot Me Again" is probably the only song with a decent set of lyrics to go with it.
"All the shots I take
What difference did I make?
All the shots I take
I spit back at you"
They have some form of substance/meaning to them, and the way James delivers them makes them a lot better aswell.

St. Anger has got it's fair share of flaws, but it's not all that bad. For me the heavy-ness and aggression makes up for the bad lyrics, sometimes crappy snare, and repetitive, lengthy songs. No way is this one of Metallica's greatest albums, but it sure beats the living hell out of "Load" & "Reload"

Recommended Songs
Shoot Me Again
My World
The Unnamed Feeling
Sweet Amber

Songs To Miss
Invisible Kid
Purify
Dirty Window


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DarthMann
February 10th 2012


13815 Comments


nice writing, but change the structure a bit and you mightnt get flamed :]

LifeAsAChipmunk
February 10th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Review started out okay but it ends up being really bad.

DarthMann
February 10th 2012


13815 Comments


yeah a simple proofread would help

fsharptrit0ne
February 10th 2012


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i love the sound of the snare on this one

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 10th 2012


3663 Comments


It complements James voice so well

DarthMann
February 10th 2012


13815 Comments


bumkatbumkat

Pharoh
February 11th 2012


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the snare is strong in this one

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012


50568 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

great album

Shuyin
February 11th 2012


11832 Comments


yea

Digging: Yoko Kanno - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST Vol 1

bloc
February 11th 2012


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the snare is strong in this one

LOL

KjSwantko
February 11th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

IT'S MY WORLD YOU CAN'T HAVE IT
IT'S MY WORLD, IT'S MY WORLD

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012


50568 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sweet amber m/
Their heaviest song since Mama Said

DarthMann
February 11th 2012


13815 Comments


dont hate on mama said

Fatshit
February 11th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I honestly tried listening to this, but its just shit.

Funeralopolis
February 11th 2012


11585 Comments


I like your name it reminds me of my mom

Digging: Black Milk - If There's a Hell Below

Shuyin
February 11th 2012


11832 Comments


fatshit

Funeralopolis
February 11th 2012


11585 Comments


lol good times.

Fatshit
February 11th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The 52 people that gave this is a 5.....is there a group troll i don't know about?

Ire
February 11th 2012


41803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the only reason why this is a 1.5 is because my 1/5 colors rating needs appropriate context

fsharptrit0ne
February 11th 2012


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is also the epitome of a 1.5



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