Metallica- Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (2016) Album Review

Metallica- Hardwired To Self-Destruct (2016)

Score- 8.5/10

What happens when you combine 1988s “…And Justice for All” with the “Load” and “ReLoad” era of Metallica? You get their long awaited follow up to 2008s “Death Magnetic”, ” Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” and it delivers. Hetfield and company brought the riffs this time around, opening up with the pummeling that is “Hardwired”, aggressive lyrics like ” We’re so fucked, shit out of luck”  that drive the chorus forward and beat you relentlessly for three minutes.  Hardwired offers twelve tracks across two discs, the second disc being much more nineties and groove oriented while the first disc has the feel of the late eighties and early nineties Metallica. 

Hetfield channels his old vocal style, seeming to release his inner demons again through his dark and twisted lyrics, while Lars carries his iconic “in the pocket” drum style. Kirk Hammett brings a wide variety of solos to the album, some sounding right off of the “Load” and “Reload” albums, while others show his progression as a player. I would love to hear Rob turned up the mix, he is an extremely talented bass player and would love to hear more of him. 

“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” has the makings of a great Metallica record, with standout tracks like “Halo On Fire”, “Moth Into Flame”, “Am I Savage?” and my personal favorite, The thrash masterpiece that is “Spit Out The Bone”, that song sounds like it should have been on “…And Justice For All” . So how does Metallicas tenth studio album rank in their impressive, yet divisive discography? I would say it is a great addition to your collection, considering it came out in November, 2016 and It’s now May, 2017 and I’m still listening to it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this album will be replacing any of the classic albums as their best work,but I do believe this is an album for every fan,  no matter which era of Metallica you enjoy, there is something here for everyone. 
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