Metallica: Hardwired To Self Destruct (Deluxe Edition)

Artist: Metallica
Album: Hardwired To Self Destruct (Deluxe Edition)
Genre: Metal
Label: Blackened Recordings
Release Date: November 18, 2016

Review:

Metallica is without a doubt one of the best metal bands around. But, they haven’t exactly been without their share of ups and downs as far as their albums go. So here goes my opinion. The first three albums, Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets are all legendary, classic albums. After bassist Cliff Burton died, this next outing “And Justice For All” suffered a little. But who could blame them for that. Still, overall, And Justice… was a great album. Next came The Black album, which quickly became their most commercially succesful album. However, in many respects it was the beginning of a departure in their signature sound that would last and evolve for years to come. To me, The Black album was the last decent album by a great band, before dying a slow death with Load, Reload and the awful St. Anger albums. With the release of Death Magnetic, we saw a somewhat return to form, but it felt really cold, calculated and as if they had forgotten exactly how to sound like….well…Metallica. Now with the release of Hardwired To Self Destruct, Metallica have finally been resurrected to their former glory. This is by far their best release since The Black Album. This one really feels like the band have finally found their way again. Like a Phoenix from the ashes….the mighty Metallica has risen again! The band seems to pay homage to all of their classic era albums while still sounding fresh and energetic. Disc One is probably the best songs on this release. It hits you with the title track and just relentlessly pounds you into submission. Disc Two is almost as good. With more than a slight hint to the Black Album days in a lot of the material. The first two tracks on Disc Three, Lords Of Summer and Ronnie Rising Medley (A tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio) are both solid tracks, but I would have rather had two more live tracks than “When A Blind Man Cries” and Remember Tomorrow. Sorry, James….no one wants to hear you croon. Now, as far as the live tracks go….Well, Metallica has released some much live material, that sadly these are almost irrelevant and pretty much qualify as filler, with the one exception being the live version of “Hardwired”. Don’t get me wrong Metallica is a great live band, but I’ve heard these songs a million times. However, not be a complainer, The price tag of this 3 disc set for $14.99 was a great deal, filler and all. All in all, Hardwired ranks as the surprise album of the year and most definetely one of the top releases, if not the best album of the year for metal fans. Disc one and two are pure Metallica that should make any fan happy. As far as I’m concerned this is as close to the classic era Metallica as we’ll ever get. Hopefully with this re-invigorated attitude, the band has plenty of more great albums to come. But, if they somehow decided to call it a day, Hardwired would certainly be a fitting swan song. This is a must buy! Five out of Five Stars!

Track Listing:
Disc One
Hardwired
Atlas, Rise!
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Dream No More
Halo On Fire

Disc Two
Confusion
ManUNkind
Here Comes Revenge
Am I Savage?
Murder One
Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three
Lords Of Summer (2016)
Ronnie Rising Medley
When a Blind Man Cries
Remember Tomorrow
Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music)
Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music)
The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music)
Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music)
Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music)
Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music)
Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music)
Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music)
Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)

Band Members:
James Hettfield: Vocals, Guitar
Lars Ulrich: Drums
Kirk Hammett: Guitar
Robert Trujillo: Bass

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