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Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-downLoadandRe-Load, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984'sRide the Lightningas a template forSt. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape.--Jaan Uhelszki
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Label:  Elektra, Wea
ArtistMetallica
Release Date:  June 5, 2003
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review by . July 01, 2003
This album is seemingly technically deficient on nearly all levels. The musicianship is almost simplistically nasty: no epic riffs or catchy guitar harmonies. The train-wreck drum engineering is aggressively annoying to nearly everybody, and Lars drumming itself is simple-as-usual. The overall sound quality sounds far below the standard of a band with great resources to lavish their recordings.And yet that is exactly how _St. Anger_ has to be. This album is pure and heavy and the band is completely …
review by . June 16, 2003
posted in Music Matters
I'm amazed at the many unhappy reviews here. To me, this is some of Metallica's BEST work. It isn't as commercial as the stuff on Load and Reload, which is both good and bad. However, it isn't as grindingly monotonous as some of their older material. It has a sound that nicely melds their gut churning, hard sound with some of the melodic flavorings that groups like System of a Down feature. I wouldn't suggest they are "stealing" those influences, but they have certainly been influenced. However, …
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