The band that put the Metal in Heavy Metal returns with one of their heaviest albums to date. It is a return to the earlier days of Metallica, resembling their very first album, Kill ‘Em All. Unlike their albums of the past ten years, there isn’t a single mellow song on this new release. It is simple flat out full throttle metal guitar with the hardest drumming Lars Ulrich has turned out in years.
An excellent addition to the album is the bonus DVD along with an hour of video footage of the rock band and their recording sessions. Every band ought to do this; then again not every band is as enjoyable to watch as Metallica.
The Early Early Early Times
In a current Rolling Stones interview, Metallica front man James Hetfield recounted some of his early days as a hard rock fan.
“Probably one of the most memorable was the California World Music Festival. It had been one of those two-day things. The very first night was Ted Nugent, Van Halen and no Aerosmith. I must have been fifteen or 16. I remember following around my buddy, who was selling drugs. He tore up a part of his ticket (it had a kind of rainbow edge) and he cut it into pieces and sold it as acid. I was like, what exactly are you doing, man? He used the money to buy beer.”
Monsters Of Rock
James Hetfield admits that the days within the Monsters of Rock tour were a big fog. Complete with a Jagermeister shellacking. He says it was okay to feel inebriated and messed-up back in those days, but ultimately it just wasn’t a good thing. There were loads of dads and moms and husbands and boyfriends looking for him when the band went back to those cities.
Metallica rocked the music industry when they sued Napster, the rock shop music company that supplied the free-swapping file-sharing application that changed the course of music history. Enthusiasts were outraged and felt Metallica was bullying the free system.
But, ultimately the industry sided with the group of musicians; after all it was the band that was being harmed by their enthused fans. With time it would’ve been the parasite that bled that tuneful turnip dry.
Master Of Puppets
Oddly enough however, quite a few fans were quick to site that Metallica acquired their foothold on heavy metal when the band provided a few tape-trading friends with a demo tape known as, “No Life ‘Til Leather.”
The seven-song album was dubbed and redubbed and dubbed some more until the tape had hop scotched across the globe from California to Germany. Within a few short months the band had risen from obscurity with a legion of international fans, all as a consequence of free trade of their music.
Hetfield concludes, “We are looking forward to spreading this completely new lust for life we have. There is a new strength in Metallica that’s never been there before. You will still find fearful parts, too. But I’m pretty much set up. And I’m really satisfied with the new music. I believe we did something where the pedal does not let up.”