Arson Smith wrote:
In all fairness, I'm partway through the "listening party
" now, and I have to say this:
I might honestly enjoy "Mistress Dread (instrumental)" if it existed as a B-side on a 12".
(I mean, when was the last time we got to hear Metallica THRASH
But again... with Lou Reed bleating off all over it, in no particular rhythm, and at a significantly weird volume as compared to the backing track... it just becomes an instant headscratch/headache.
It's kinda like they took Dyers Eve (which they already wrote over 20 years ago) and stripped away everything good about it except for that one riff over and over and over and over, added some ambient backing stuff that's actually pretty good, and had a drunken tone-deaf poet ramble over it for 5 minutes. In other words, taking a pretty decent song they made 20 years ago and making it into something... Not Good.
The staccato thing in the last 1.5 min or so was pretty decent too, riff-wise anyway.
Basically just go listen to Dyers Eve and don't waste your time on this.
When we were cleaning out the practice space, I played that first full-song monstrosity for Matt, who unlike me loves poetry. He found it sort of interesting, I think he enjoyed the poetic aspect of it and probably some of the imagery built into the lyrics. He didn't think it was crap, which surprised me if only slightly. But then he said something like "but if I really wanted to listen to something like this I'd just put on Trenchmouth". When I told him someone had made that very same comparison in this thread, it made him happy. I've never heard Trenchmouth, but I assume I'd hate it.
And fwiw, I absolutely love old Metallica, up to and including AJFA. It was that Metallica music that was my vehicle for becoming a musician in the first place, the AJFA bass tab book is how I cut my teeth. Still listen to that era of Metallica to this day, probably as recently as a week ago. Two weeks tops.
They really, really should've called it a day back around 1990. Musically this album might be the best thing they've done since their cover of Whiskey In The Jar, but that's not really saying much.
This is just fun to watch unfold is all. Schadenfreude, maybe I spelled it wrong, but that's exactly what's going on here.
How on earth did Metallica become the most popular and successful of the Big Four bands, and sink so much lower than the others? Slayer and Anthrax didn't get anywhere close to this bad, if they even ever crossed into "bad" in the first place. Megadeth is a different story maybe, I mean, their lyrics and subject matter in general have gotten pretty dreadful. But Metallica, they've fallen the farthest, by *lightyears*, and somehow that process made them insanely rich.
Maybe there really is such a thing as a deal with The Devil.