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you can't teach old metal gods new tricks

I have finally heard the new Metallica song.

It blows. Hetfield lost those guttural instincts that made his voice so powerful ages ago. The song starts off like thrash-metal, giving you a surge of hopefulness that Slayer-type metal could be coming back. And then it segues into Hetfield's angst-ridden vocal stylings, then morphs into some nu-metal riffs and grunts reminiscent of Limp Bizkit. Repeat three times. There's your song.

The video is all "Oh, look at us, we are playing in a prison, we're so tough, man!. We're 40 years old and we can still grimace like the young punks of today!" Except the anger looks fake, the grimaces are forced and Lars looks like a weenie in his stylish beanie cap.

Don't do it, kids. Don't download the song. Not because Lars will sue you if you do, but because you'll be wasting good bandwidth. Break out Ride the Lightning if you really long for those Headbanger's Ball days when Hetfield didn't look like he needed a good dose of Metamucil.

On the other hand, the new Deftones CD gets an A+ from me. Review tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's a sample from the cd to get you going:

Deftones - When Girls Telephone Boys mp3 (6,480kb)

Lyrics below.

Always the same old taste just new injury
Well I'll wear the claws if you'd like that
Yeah if you'd like that we can ride on a black horse
A great new wave Hesparian death horse
I can call you when i get back
Yeah when I get back I will call
But don't speak, don't say nothing
In case we ever do meet again
Something's wrong with you
Well I hope we never do meet again
You always sharpen your teeth 'cause you're like that
and you're like that everythime you pull heart back
And her compact's carving deeper in your lay
I would call but I forget where the phone is at
Guess i'll thalk to you when I get back
Yeah when I get back I will call
But don't speak, don't say nothing
In case we ever should meet again
there are some things wrong with you
I hope we never do meet again
I hope we never do meet again
I hope we never do meet again
Something's wrong with you... and I hope we never do meet again

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I heard the damned thing on my way to work this morning. As far as I'm concerned, Metallica died shortly after completing "...And Justice For All"

Oh, say it ain't so.... ;(

Your review doesn't surprise me. The black album (from 1991) is a guilty pleasure, but that's when they really started to lose their mojo. My friend and I actually wondered if there was a plot to do away with Cliff Burton. "You know, Lars, our bassist is really holding us back, and our songs are too hard to play live..." And Load? Let's just say that was an all-too appropriate album title.

And as loud and fast as Slayer can get, there's good songcraft to back up their fury. Metallica could learn from them.

Sigh..I was afraid - yet expecting - the new album would suck has-been-metalgod fretboard.
BTW, don't you mean Metallimucil? ;)
"Justice" probably was the last good album...though, like Anne, the black album is a guilty pleasure for me, too.
Jason was much better when he was in Flotsam and Jetsom.
I knew that when S&M was released, it was truly, truly over.
The Scorpions had already done the orchestra thing except that it was good.
Check out Sentenced (www.sentenced.org) if you want some good metal music -especially the older stuff.
All the good bands are disappearing - Metallica is fading in to obsuckurity, Megadeth is disbanded...What's left for us true NWOBHM*-era fans?

*New Wave of British Heavy Metal for all you youngsters under 30.

I must admit....I WAS definitely one of the first Sony Diskman owners in the world..and had to weave the head phones into my 3' mowhawk...... whilst listening to Metallica on the Boston subway. Chased the man to whom I've been married 15 years to this day, from that very subway with Metallica's first album blaring from my headphones to hand him my phone #........ I HOWL that I owned one of the first Metallica CD's ever (and he called me THAT night......been together ever since!!!).........had to order it from Newberry Comics before Strawberries even was a glint! I wish they'd all shut the fuck up and make that old tyme muzak again!.........

I'm going to see Metallica next month, and I'm hoping against all hope that they just stick to playing their old stuff. I heard the new song yesterday, and it literally made me wrinkle up my face in disgust. It was just AWFUL.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that Metallica has been rapidly declining in the last decade.

I'd prepare for disappointment, Amanda. Remember, Metallica Inc. is all about marketing these days. They're gonna push that new album for all its worth. They've been circling the drain for some time now; they've managed to just barely hold on with the MTV crowd, but when they go it'll be messy. Two words, FAT ELVIS

I saw Metallica two years ago and they put on an incredible 2.5 hour show. They played all their old stuff, some new stuff, some covers...it was great. And all the Load and Reload songs sound infinitely better in real life than on the CD which makes a big difference. But seeing Hetfield and Co. blast out "One" hasn't lost it's magic.
This summer will be my fourth Metallica concert, so I'm hoping they keep up the good work.

silly me...I thought that that brilliantly shitty cover of "53rd/3rd" on the Ramones tribute album was a surefire sign of roots-regression.

somehow, I'm going to find a way to blame this on that snivelling fuck, UIrich.

Hey statia, I'm guessing you're with the majority in thinking they're declining. Personally I am ambivalent on the new song--there are things I like in it, and things I hate. But it's damn hard to get past James' new vocal style ("raw" is a kind way to put it; I lean towards "strained") to think about anything else in the song.

It's interesting to me the way Metallica seems to be pretty single-minded when they write and record music: Justice was rhythm guitar uber alles, the black album was "K.I.S.S.", and the Loads were "Let's try new stuff." Now it sounds like St. Anger has a single-mindedness about it too, what with 0 solos (what the hell did Kirk do all year?) and all these stylistic changes. Oh well, I'll have to wait until I hear the whole CD before I extend this idea any further.

Still, I'd rather see Metallica live than pretty much any other band (short of FNM, who I never had the opportunity to see). So they still have that going for them...

Jason was much better when he was in Flotsam and Jetsom.

I thought Jason quit recently. Probably had enough of Lars. :-)

Jason did quit, he said he couldn't physically take touring but it was more because of his lack of creative input. He had been in the band over 10 years and was still considered the "new guy".

I was starting to like James' new melodic style from the last couple of albums - it fit the music well even when they played older stuff. I hope he doesn't adapt his new barking to the older stuff.

Metallica hasn't had much to say for themselves for some time now.
I used to listen to a lot of Irish Folk music(once upon a time), and when I heard Metallica's "cover" of the old, classic "Whiskey In The Jar", I came to the conclusion that they were done, time for them to go their separate ways and move on to other things.

Metallica was good once... I was hoping against hope that the new one wouldn't be a load (hehe!) of crap..... I haven't heard the new song and I'm still hoping.... but not expecting..... just look at how they LOOK now

now move on to Chimaira.... great newer band.