Hardwired-- to Self-destruct

Hardwired-- to Self-destruct

Music CD - 2016
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Publisher: [United States] : Blackened, [2016]
Copyright Date: ℗2016
Branch Call Number: MET-HAR
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Jer40
Feb 10, 2019

Oof.

Not as hard to get through as "St. Anger", but too close. "Death Magnetic" was a fun, albeit derivitive attempt to force themselves bavk into their glory days; A direction they should've embraced.

Motorhead and Pantera always knew who they were, and even though Slayer took the nu-metal bait in the later 90s, they at least had enough sense to not get radio-friendly.

Metallica, on the other hand, have either straight-up sold out or been obviously aloof as to what made them one of the big four back in the day, because ever since the black album they've tried to strive equally for commercial gain and artistic integrity, which is very rare to successfully pull off in genres like metal that retain so much of their power by going against the grain and such. There's a huge difference between a band evolving and a band becoming a business and pop culture product, and it should be obvious to most that Metallica fall into the latter category.

Punk had new wave, hip hop had the late 1998 commercialization turn (largely due to Ditty), classic country turned into 90s country rock and currently pop country, and metal went radio hard rock around 1998; But who should we blame: The artists for creating derivative, predictable, and otherwise pasteurized music, or the record companies for feeding into that type of Wal-mart business plan where quality is secondary to mass consumption potential and sales?

In 1995, Metallica became a brand, like what happened to Kiss, and this album is more proof that they got to a point and lost the fire after they let the music business come between themselves and what made Metallica initially legendary.

But hey, it's a job...

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Les_J
Jul 12, 2017

Only for fans of the Black album/Load/Re-Load - era's. There are SOME hints of their earlier thrash metal work, but not enough for me to purchase a copy. I only liked a handful of songs from this TWO CD release - Hardwired, Atlas, Rise!, Moth into Flame, Halo on Fire, Spit out the Bone.

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hugotoo
Mar 18, 2017

I was excited for this album, hearing reviews about being back to And Justice days and enjoying Moth and and Hardwired songs, but those songs and maybe a couple of others are the highlights. That said, it's still a notch in the right direction above Magnetic and maybe I just long for the energy of Master; which I understand is silly because how can these boys keep that much energy at their age.

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trotter73
Mar 07, 2017

good album, worth checking out if you like hard rock

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Ericlee86_0
Mar 02, 2017

Hardwired
https://youtu.be/uhBHL3v4d3I
Moth Into Flame
https://youtu.be/4tdKl-gTpZg

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red_giraffe_377
Jan 30, 2017

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