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Album Review: Hardwired… to Self-Destruct by Metallica

Metallica released their tenth album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct last week, seeing as the last time we listened to Metallica was roughly eight years ago when Death Magnetic was released we decided to revisit the band and give this a go.

Split into two six track halves and clocking in at over an hour it’s certainly formidable in length and on first listen it’s surprisingly good. Why is it so surprising? Well let’s be honest St Anger and Death Magnetic we average metal albums at best, the least said about St Anger’s drumming and Death Magnetic’s desperation to please the better.

There comes a time in life when you should probably grow out Metallica. Group them together with Megadeth, Anthrax and Iron Maiden and you’ve got a golden quartet of bands 30 plus years into their careers in which they’ve stuck stringently to middle of the road metal. Sure Metallica tried to do something different with Metallica and Load but on the grand scheme they were slight changes and if anything made them more accessible to the masses.

Essentially, Metallica are your perfect starter metal band and have never been ground breaking. There’s something a little sinister about any hardcore Metallica fan over the age of 40 (hell 30 at a push), but that won’t stop there being millions of them. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct will appease all of these fans. For a modern day metal album, it’s good – there’s heavy riffs and pummelling drumming in abundance – but that’s probably more indicative of modern metal than anything else. It’s also surprisingly good for a Metallica album because the bar has been set so low.

After you complete that first listen you probably won’t want to rush back for more. Even though ‘Moth Into Flame’ is a cracking song it doesn’t have the pull for multiple listens. There’s a ‘deluxe’ version of the album with a third part tacked on containing mainly old material recorded live. This actually puts Hardwired… to Self-Destruct into proper context and highlights how it weak it is compared to the band’s early output.

Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is an album that searches for the Metallica of old and comes up short. It’s decent enough if middle of the road metal is your thing but nothing more.

AD Rating 5.5/10

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