Some people will hate it because it's not MOP... but it's not 1986 anymore.
Most relevant quote regarding a new Metallica album ever!
I've been a massive Metallica fan since I was a child. And still love them today, some 25 years or more after being introduced to them by my older sister. Still remember the first time I heard songs like Damage Inc and Dyers Eve and being totally blown away. Kirk's descending then ascending outro to the solo in Dyers Eve still gives me goose bumps today!
To be honest I'm sick of the hate they get for doing their own thing, so Lars isn't the most technically gifted drummer ever, who gives a sh!t? He plays exactly what he believes the song requires. Kirk uses the Wah a lot, so, nobody bleats on about Van Halens use of the Phaser or Kurt Cobains use of Chorus or Tom Morellos Whammy.
The black album, load, reload etc are all great albums in their own right as far as I'm concerned. They're all true to the place the band was in at the time. Even St Anger, true the production and mixing is sh!t, but in the context of a band in turmoil as they where at the time you can't argue against its honesty.
If they'd just released MOP part 2,3,4,5 etc everyone would say they're stagnant. Can't win either way. Don't get me wrong, I love bands like Slayer, Megadeth, Pantera, Machine Head etc as well but if you've heard one album you've pretty much heard them all, Megadeth probably the only exception.
I like variety, and Metallica gives you that. Whilst still being heavy as well. Calling them sell outs is a load of crap. If doing what you want, when you want is selling out then sign me up as far I'm concerned. If every album had been a rip off of the black album that might have been a valid argument but load etc are a long way from being black album clones.
As for Hardwired, I'm liking it so far. Has the usual trend of some songs hitting you as great straight away and others being slow burners. Much the same as Battery and Master hit right away and Leper Messiah being a grower for me. Now Lepers one of my favourite songs to jam too. Nice guitar tone on this new album too, very crunchy and aggressive. Kirk's tone is nicer than Magnetic too which I found was a little scratchy in places.
Is it better than any of the other albums? That's a moot point as far as I'm concerned. They shouldn't be compared to each other, they all have their own place and I listen to which ever one my mood takes me too.
Definitely not time for them to throw in the towel yet.
Sorry about the rant, just had to get that off my chest.