It’s hard for any band that’s even close to the caliber that is Metallica because every single time the band in mention releases new material, everyone always compares it to older material. It’s insanely annoying for some of us, but it’s the truth. That being said, when I like many eagerly checked out Metallica’s brand new song I was met with something a little unexpected in more ways than one.
I’ll say it, I wanted Metallica to go back to their “glory days” back in the 80s but at the same time I want them to do whatever the fuck they please because they’ve earned the right to do so as a band. So upon hearing “Hardwired” I was pretty satisfied to see this return to their old style that is a few levels better in my eyes than “Death Magnetic”. On its own, the song really holds its ground apart from the lyrics which aren’t the best but they’re not stupidly awful (half the internet will disagree), and it tells of promising things will be had on the upcoming double album, “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct”. I do have to say I did enjoy the overall experience of this song even though I don’t find it to be magnificent or bad in any way – a nice effort that shows Metallica are or at least were in a mind frame that they haven’t been in for quite some time, which is a pretty refreshing thing to see happen. That being said, I’m still thoroughly excited for the full album despite people saying they might as well be copying Dave Mustaine or that they’ve lost their touch years ago (read Metal Injection or YouTube comments you’ll find mentions of both in severe excess) which annoys the fuck out of me, but whatever that doesn’t matter.
“Hardwired… to Self-Destruct” hasn’t started off on the best possible foot in my honest opinion, but it is a good foot to start on. Many people will spit on or hail the return of Metallica the likes of which no other band has ever seen on such a large scale before, but one thing is for certain: the legends are back and they aren’t coming back with a whisper, but a roar that has already begun to reverberate across the globe.
“Hardwired… to Self-Destruct” releases on November 14th!
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