|SHI||Fecha: Sábado, 2013-05-04, 4:18 PM | Mensaje # 1|
Well, minus the fact that Newsted's performances are turned all the way down. Regardless, it's still an amazing album, albeit a bit long-winded.
In all honesty, though, the longwinded nature of the album helps it
breath as much as this album is going to be able to do so, and songs
like the title track would be ruined in a shorter format. Why? Well,
you'd have to sacrifice flow to cut out some riffs from the arrangement
or water down the message of the lyrics by removing portions of the
Anyways, this is about as good as Kirk Hammett gets as it actually makes
you think, for a few seconds anyways, that he's a competent lead
guitarist. Quite a few of his licks on this album are well-executed and
he doesn't stick to the usual minor pentatonic lines he'd be known for
later on. This album doesn't have Kirk being lazy, which he's had quite
an issue with since Load. His best solos on this record are Eye of the
Beholder, One, Harvester of Sorrow, and The Frayed Ends of Sorrow. His
use of a crybaby and tube screamer definitely shaped the basis of his
lead tone, and while it's starting to become more prominent, it hasn't
gotten to the annoying level quite yet as it's not as some people
describe it, "like a wah pedal throwing up".
James Hetfield really stepped his rhythms up on this album as they are
more pissed off, elaborate, and pummeling than before. His playing here
displays just how great his right hand can be. The first riff after the
intro in Blackened is quite skillful and the main riff in Eye of the
Beholder shows a lot of growth from previous albums. This album has
quite a few exciting riffs and is the last Metallica album with great
riffs and songs from start to finish. The riffs fit perfectly with the
vocals and the vocals are gruffy enough to finish off the overall sound
of the songs. Speaking of vocals, his lyrics are great. They are quite
politically aware and conscious of what was going on in America at the
time, yet are still quite relevant today. Also, compared to most of
Metallica's lyrical content, this album shares the closest connection to
Dave Mustaine's politically-charged lyrics.
Jason Newsted gets shafted on this album and quite a few people
speculate that Lars isn't even playing the drums. They are marginally
better than his usual playing, but those people that don't think he
played on this album think it was James. Whoever played drums on this
album did a decent job and the drums don't sound like trash cans and
they aren't too forward in the mix, however the kicks sound kinda
different, like they may be triggered or using a different type of
Overall, a great album regardless of being long-winded and having
Newsted's bass muted. I highly suggest it as it's one of Metallica's
best and has quite a lot to say that is still relevant today. Buy it if
you don't already own it or at the very least find a friend with it to
borrow and check out for yourself.
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|jarpomarx||Fecha: Lunes, 2013-05-06, 4:25 PM | Mensaje # 2|
Overall, a great album regardless of being long-winded and havingNewsted's bass muted.
Totally agree. It's hard to listen to Jason in this album and... ehem... I think... sorry, SHI but... I prefer the remaster edition It's a joke, in fact I have a Japanese reissue, but the bass sound is more "listenable" in the remaster.
Thank you, SHI, I will take a look to this edition.
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