Metallica
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct


3.0
good

Review

by Insurrection CONTRIBUTOR (111 Reviews)
November 17th, 2016 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An overlong but gleefully energetic sequel to Death Magnetic.

Metallica was a defining band in my life, as I’m sure they were for many metal fans. I’ll never forget the day I first heard ‘Master of Puppets’; suffice it to say, it blew my 12-year-old mind and ended up playing a pivotal role in shaping my music taste into what it is today. Shortly thereafter, I’d heard everything Metallica had ever produced. Admittedly they’ve had a couple blunders, namely Reload and St. Anger, but they’ve learned from their mistakes since then… for the most part. 2008’s Death Magnetic saw the band celebrating their thrash metal roots once again, albeit in a modern gauze, featuring longer track lengths, tighter songwriting, and an overall synergy that was absent in the band prior. Now here we are eight years later with a proper sequel, Hardwired… to Self Destruct.

I say Hardwired is a sequel to Death Magnetic because, really, that’s what it is. The production is better, as are the vocals, and it shares the same old-dudes-still-kicking-ass nostalgic feel that DM had. ‘Hardwired’ picks up where ‘My Apocalypse’ left off, serving as the shortest and thrashiest song on here. It’s your standard modern Metallica romp – fast-paced and energetic but ultimately lacking in substance. It isn’t until tracks like ‘Moth into Flame’ and ‘Halo on Fire’ come on where you start to hear classic Metallica shining through. Vaguely technical riffage matched with Hetfield’s best vocal performance in over two decades, and perfectly serviceable jobs by both Ulrich and Hammett on drums and lead guitar respectively. There’s the occasional eye-roll inducing whammy solo, but the band are largely at the top of their game here. Also, a quick shout out to Rob Trujillo who tears it up on bass yet again, adding melodic texture and personality to otherwise indistinguishable tracks such as ‘ManUNkind’ and ‘Atlas Rise!’

Hardwired also suffers in the same ways Death Magnetic did. The production is a marginal improvement but it’s nothing to write home about. A handful of tracks could've been scrapped and the album would've been better for it, which leads me into the biggest offender by far: its length. Why this was released a double album I’ll never know. Why every Metallica album in the past decade pushes the 70-minute mark I’ll never know, but it’s fun to listen to, and at the end of the day isn’t that what you want from Metallica" No, they’re never going to write another Master of Puppets or Ride the Lightning. Ever. This is about the best we’re gonna get, and considering it’s four 50-year-old guys jamming to heavy metal music like it’s the ‘80s, it’s pretty damn impressive. Try not headbanging to ‘Moth into Flame’ or ‘Spit Out the Bone’ – I challenge you. They’re having fun, and their energy is infectious. Compared to the other three of thrash’s big four, Metallica are faring just fine.

Sure, it’s easy to criticize things like the album cover, which is decidedly atrocious, or the fact that Lars can’t pull off the same tempos as he used to. Hardwired is far from perfect, but these trivial faults can be forgiven in the presence of legends. Metallica are a defining metal band, and if they want to ride out the rest of their days rocking out like it’s still the ‘80s, who the hell are we to stop them"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2016


24412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

better than i thought it'd be

Moth into Flame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdKl-gTpZg

Dewinged
November 16th 2016


6495 Comments


"Metallica are a defining metal band, and if they want to ride out the rest of their days rocking out like it’s still the ‘80s, who the hell are we to stop them?"

THIS

Good review man. Waiting for the right time to spin this. My mind is not in the proper state.

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Titan
November 16th 2016


17985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you've done better bro.....jus bein honest





TheMoonchild
November 16th 2016


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Metallica was a defining band in my life, as I’m sure they were for many metal fans. I’ll never forget the day I first heard ‘Master of Puppets’; suffice it to say, it blew my 12-year-old mind and ended up playing a pivotal role in shaping my music taste into what it is today. Shortly thereafter, I’d heard everything Metallica had ever produced. Admittedly they’ve had a couple blunders, namely Reload and St. Anger, but they’ve learned from their mistakes since then… for the most part. 2008’s Death Magnetic saw the band celebrating their thrash metal roots once again, albeit in a modern gauze, featuring longer track lengths, tighter songwriting, and an overall synergy that was absent in the band prior. Now here we are eight years later with a proper sequel, Hardwired… to Self Destruct.



Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2016


24412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah that's the first paragraph

Shadowmire
November 17th 2016


4538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

are you sure

Futures
November 17th 2016


9848 Comments


It's almost the end of 2016, and Metallica have released a new album. It's nothing short of comical just how many people were not expecting to see that sentence typed at all this year, because Metallica have, equally as comically, come up with 8 years worth of excuses as to why there's been an 8-year gap between their new double album Hardwired... to Self Destruct and their previous release, Death Magnetic. Among the many reasons, we've gotten "we've made an album with Lou Reed", "we keep getting booked for festivals", "we came up with the idea for a 'By Request' tour", "Kirk lost his cell phone full of over 200 riff ideas", "we keep coming up with these new song ideas but they never pan out", and the list goes on and on. This wouldn't be so comical if the grand total of studio albums, since the turn of the millennium, amounted any more than 3- one of those albums including the infamously bad St. Anger. So while, on one hand, it's easy to admire Metallica fully embracing the "we're a business now" side of their career- which culminated in the band having their own indie label, Blackened Records- on the other hand, it's become way too convenient of an excuse for the lack of new music in recent times, not counting that album with Lou Reed.


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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2016


55360 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah that's a pretty terrible sentence

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2016


55360 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

why did my very legitimate soundoff "Hardwired........to suck" get deleted I demand justice for this crime

TheMoonchild
November 17th 2016


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

took damn long enough for Futures to validate my existence.

Friday13th
November 17th 2016


6127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well...not thrilled to check this out but I'll get to it. It's just so anti-climactic that it's basically DM #2. I mean, what was the point of Beyond Magnetic if the next album was just more of the same thing? ugh the woes of being a Metallica fan!

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wwf
November 17th 2016


5661 Comments


'why did my very legitimate soundoff "Hardwired........to suck" get deleted I demand justice for this crime'

ok I actually laughed tho

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AdolfChriist
November 17th 2016


22 Comments




wwf
November 17th 2016


5661 Comments


aww did you get banned

AdolfChriist
November 17th 2016


22 Comments


Damn, foiled again.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2016


13631 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Do I bother.... decisions, decisions.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2016


30791 Comments


idk what is wrong with me but i dont really hate this

parksungjoon
November 17th 2016


5384 Comments


i mean

i havent heard it but

st anger is probably the only of their albums where hate would be justifiable

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2016


4388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I heard only half of it so far, it's a decent record. It picks up on the latter half of the first disc, where the songs aren't that flat.

betray
November 17th 2016


9186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hell yeah m/



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