One of the first metal bands I ever listened to was Metallica. Like most people, I had heard some of their most famous songs in passing but never sat down and listened to their other songs or records. Everyone knew “Enter Sandman,” but everything I knew about music changed after listening to their album, Master of Puppets.
That album opens up with “Battery,” and after listening to it you find it hard to believe that another song on the album could top that first track. “Master of Puppets” and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” are just some of the other songs on the album that blow you away with the song writing, the fast, classic thrash sound and the classic Metallica spin on the genre.
After listening to that album, I went and listened to pretty much everything else they have to offer. Their debut album Kill ‘Em All is one of the strongest debuts in metal, Ride the Lightning might actually be better than Master of Puppets, and their fourth album, …And Justice For All contains some of my favorite individual songs.
I’m not a big fan of their albums after the self-titled black album. Load and Reload didn’t do anything for me, and St. Anger has a whole host of problems in my opinion. Many people didn’t like 2008’s Death Magnetic but I actually thought it was pretty good.
But tomorrow, their first album in eight years will be released. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct will hit iTunes and stores tomorrow, much to the delight of many fans of the metal genre. Metallica has released three songs off of the album, and all have been well received.
My favorite of the bunch is “Moth into Flame,” which was the second track that the band released off of their new album. This was the song that got me really excited about their new release.
The song has some of the new elements to their sound that the band has included since Death Magnetic, but there are parts of it that make you think back to their late 1908s sound, which is a good thing. There’s a lot of great guitar leads, killer solos and a fantastic chorus.
Hardwired… to Self-Destruct seems to have some fire and oomph behind it. The lyrics pack a punch and the tone of the songs are aggressive, and so far it has worked with all of the three of the songs released. “Moth Into Flame” is one of Metallica’s best songs in years, maybe even decades. And I’m so excited to listen to the full album tomorrow.
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