Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "Dream No More" and "Spit Out The Bone"

8
Rating out of 10

Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

Release Date: 18th November 2016
Blackened Recordings
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hardwired…to-self-destruct/id1145400123

Thrash metal legends, Metallica, have just released their latest studio album, ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’, through Blackened Recordings which is the band’s own record label. Metallica has been on tour a lot in eight years since their last release, ‘Death Magnetic’. Fans were starting to wonder when the next album was going be recorded, or if one was even coming. The thrash band hit the studio early this year and were promising fans the next record, now here we are with the tenth studio album called ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’.

What can you expect from listening to this album, is that it sounds like old school Metallica. Instantly I feel that fans waiting eight years for this and the four-piece know have something to prove to all their fans with this record. This album is spread over two discs, with six songs on each one. Kicking off this Album is ‘HardWired’. It’s a Thrash Metal track opening with galloping drums and crunchy riffs. It sounds exactly like trademark 80s Metallica.

‘Atlas, Rise!’ is laden with groovy guitar works and drum beats, topped off with the powerfully iconic vocals of James Hetfield. It sounds like it could have been on their classic album, Ride The Lightning’‘Now That We’re Dead’ is instantly catchy, and from this alone, I feel that ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ so far is such a step up from previous albums ‘St Anger’ and ‘Death Magnetic’.

‘Moth Into Flame’ is another catchy track that gets stuck in your head straight away. A lot of the factors on this release feel like Metallica have returned heavily to their roots for this album. Thrashy vibes, powerful solos, anthemically hooking songs and Hetfield‘s dominant swagger, it’s all good to see. ‘Dream No More’ captures this massively with super groovy riffs, catchy vocals and mind blowing drums, it sounds like the ‘Unforgiven’ mixed ‘From Whom The Bell Tolls’.

The final track for disc one is ‘Halo On Fire’, which is the longest track on the whole record. It’s a killer track which fans of Metallica will love. Moving onto disc two, it opens with ‘Confusion’ which sounds just like Diamondhead classic, ‘Am I Evil’ in the guitar melodies and drum patterns. The old school thrash vibes on this album just keep impressing me.

‘ManUNkind’ starts off with this calm guitar melodies. Then the bass and drums kicks in to make it another catchy anthem flowing with blues rock grooves.  ‘Here Comes The Revenge’ kicks off with powerful riffs, bass and heart pounding drums. The more I get into this album, it really feels like Metallica are finally back to doing what they do best with this album.

‘Am I Savage’ and ‘Murder One’ both start off with calming and melodic riffs, that eventually kick in with a bit of oomph later on. The final track ‘Spit Out The Bone’ is this really high-tempo thrashy track with distorted riffs and incredibly fast paced drums. It’s a nostalgic way to finish this album in style.

Metallica is back with this amazing record, aimed for fans of old school metal, thrash and in general early Metallica. Check out all the Music Videos of all the songs that are on MetallicaTV and Youtube.

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