Ehi here we have to
do with Metallica! eh yes how perspicacious, you will say in chorus!
Please yes, Metallica: the giants of the 80's , those who
took out of their oven masterpieces called Kill'em all, Ride the
Lightning, Masters of Puppets, ..and Justice for all and then Metallica
the Black album. Ahh how excellent those records! do you remember
them? Metallica have been the flag of Metal till 1991 at least, through
them the Metal was known and appreciated among the masses, Hetfield and
Co. have carried out a real revolution which brought the heavy
song to the top of the interest of even the most inane media
of this world. Battalions of fans proclaimed in that golden era their
faithfulness to the cause, Thrash was triumphing everywhere. And me? I
was one of those who have always liked those Metallica classics at the
point that my sons have become real fans of them. Much before the
existence of gryphonmetal i had the pleasure to attend a catholic mass
where "Nothing else matters" was played. Let's state it
clearly: the pleasure was not the mass, but that song proposed in
a church , a small and ancient one, in the mountains, in Italy. It
sounded simply amazing! yes so great and known were Metallica!
Then... we all know: the stupid fight against Guns' n Roses,
Megadeth and Iron Maiden for the absolute monopoly;
the damned decline of ideas and aggressivity of the following albums
beginning from Load; the good planned, but bad executed experimentation
of S&M; and, worse than everything, even worse than the
haircut, the compromises with the success: success, success, success,
money, disease, rehab, a bass player (a certain Jason Newsted? mah)
lost on the way, anathemas and curses against napster and other similar
cakes made the myth collapse and with it the Metal colours.... but Rock
and Metal survived the sinister accident: slowly but with fresh heart,
Metal went up the steep slope of the mountain, left as orphan of
such flagship, and you can tell what you want.
And now AD 2003 what does
it happen? Metallica are finally back and in the full meaning of the
word! and with what are they back? with a "best
of" ? no, they are back with a brand new album. Not easy this
step, it could have meant the success again or the definitive death.
Practically we speak about two different events that can only
coincide and they coincide so much in the emotional mind of media and
fans that usually who celebrates the one celebrates the other too and
vice-versa. The so much discussed Metallica come- back has nothing to do
with the intrinsic quality of the album indeed but St. Anger is what
supports this rebirth and it defends the event rather good.
In my opinion it's a really positive thing that Metallica have joined
the fight with a hard, heavy, straight- to- the- point
, raugh, raw, super energetic, unconventional, not
commercial album: Metal is in again! Hetfield and Ulrich woke up!
Kirk Hammett (the best spirit of the band imo) is in fantastic form ! in
the live performances the brilliant Trujillo makes Newsted sound like a pale and
weak soul, though Cliff Burton cannot be invented again. My sons are
happy that an icon that seemed passed for ever, good only to be
regretted, is live again and with new sounds. From one day
to another, like touched by the magic wand, the new generations
seem to have proclaimed the hip hop bible like gone for good and
embraced the old-new faith! I can see all this as highly positive ..and
you can tell what you want.
Yes ok but St Anger is
really that good, that Ark of the Covenant, that musical miracle? It's a
matter of taste for sure, but there are also some characteristics
that can be seen as universal. In my opinion: no, St Anger
is not that masterpiece, but in the same way it's not that shit .
Attention , the first impression you receive or , very probably,
you have already had is to remain astonished wondering" what's that?"
So beware ! Listen and listen and listen to this CD before shooting a
judgement, cause what at a first contact you find shit it can turn
into one of the songs you will always take with you! St.
Anger is a damned hard metal , extremely raw, exteremely
"broken" extremely immediate, extremely thrashy, crunchy with
nu-metal and punky influences too. It's true: unfortunately a couple of
songs are the personified crap, boring and/or mediocre (indeed, as
many times mentioned in my reviews, some bands must be afflicted by the
virus of the "bollox tracklist" ) but in St. Anger there
are some songs that are the killers, the hammer, with a certain hardcore
depth, really cool, vibrating, pushing, with the winning structure,
though there are no solos. We are far from Nothing else matters, we are
far from One, from Creeping Death, from Sanitarium, from Fade to Black,
but certain tracks in St Anger show that fantastic spirit à la Seek and
Destroy, à la The shortest Straw, that must be
recognized , appreciated and supported. With the introduction of that
playing broken, of that making the strings vibrate, roar and jump
with a particular percussion that can run the risk of becoming a
leading future trend.
And here we go with the
scan of the tracks, telling at once that i find St. Anger,
Shoot me again, Sweet Amber, The unnamed Feeling and All within my Hands
brilliant , and you can tell what you want
- definately utter crap, one of the most useless songs i have ever heard,
assigned to the oily skip
St Anger - rather good, it sounds
more persuading everytime you listen to it, cool the refrain, new but
interesting the mix of nu-metal and punk in the faster part. It should
have been the opener tout court.
Some Kind of Monster - not bad, very
rhythmed , it has power and something of the old good spirit with
lively dry drums. Heavy guitars and Hetfield's voice that tries to give
Dirty Window - ultracrap and stop:
Invisible Kid - it seemed so crap to
me but at the end of story it is better than it can appear; it has
something catchy and enthralling in its roughness, but it breaks
many promises, maybe cause it is so repetitive.
Some very good guitar chords, even not predictable, are a bit
frustrated in the general frame: moreover the slow "bridge" is
unfortunately mega bollox.
My World - it works in the opposite
way than other songs do: the more i listen to it, the more i
dislike it. Rather boring, easy and empty.
Shoot me again - really good, this
is another valuable song that gathers points in your preference the more
you listen to it. The intro showcases guitars that are crunchy and
broken , then we go on with oppressive heaviness in full old
Metallica style but with new distortions and stop -starts . Melody is
mixed with heavy structures and relentless escapades. Indeed the melodic
and dry refrain is launched by a progressively faster escalation.
Double bass hits and terminator killer instinct typical Metallica.
Mythical and full of effect the bridge and the last part of the song.
Impressive the angry vocals too.
Sweet Amber - very good! Ohh yes!!
a brilliant scheme full of feelings in its genre, speed and slow.
Pushing and vibrating guitars at the borderline among melody, doom ,
death, thrash, a bit of punk and nu metal. One of the best and varied
track of the album. Merciless with this unique broken sound that
will be imitated for years as already said.
Unnamed Feeling - a slow , heavy
intro and a catchy and vibrating body where the loops don't appear
boring like in other tracks . Much passion inside, and the right chords
for a touch of melodic tenderness sorrounded by iron fists.
Purify - maximum crappus
All within my Hands - super !
imo this is the best together with Sweet Amber. Intro with fast thrash
and heavy attack that fades into deep atmospheric sounds supported by
angry riffs. A very emotional song that triggers interest and a good
dose of involvement
In conclusion i give 8 points
out of 10 to St Anger, cause its good sides are so brilliant , if
compared with the "defects" (by the way , the cover art sucks).
And the work of Hammet and of the bass however is so praiseworthy. The broken raw
and dry sound is a phenomenal thing. and now a message to all who
say "boh ohh it seems that Metallica don't know any longer how to
play" : well you have understood really nothing of this new concept,
tell what you want. Holy St. Anger lets them enter my
personal paradise though we are still far from a 10 out of 10 and from
the ever- green masterpieces of the old times gone. I think indeed
that the real question is more another one: it must not be how
much cool or shit St Anger can appear: the real subtle question is:
what's with Metallica now? among the good Jesus ' parables
the one i hate the most is that of the prodigal son... Metallica
magnetize the attention focusing it around Metal: it is a super
thing out of discussion, but should they really captain and rule again
the scene? Should they be allowed to hold tight that flag they let fall?
And all those groups that slogged away and gritted their teeth
during the darkest moments, what should they do now? Should they bow
their head in front of the so "human" Hetfield? No, though
full of surprises and determination, Metallica should put
themselves in the queue and repent, they and all those bands
that have followed them in a way or another . let them
go to Canossa with ash on their heads. I mean it seriously. Let's
see if this new old feeling and renewed enthusiasm is sincere. Then
Metallica should be allowed to get crown and sceptre again ....and
you can tell what you want.
dalia fc di giacomo