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Music: Review of Metallica’s newest album


The wait is over fans of the legendary rock band Metallica. They are releasing their 10th studio album on Friday, November 18, 2016, that is called Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. This happens to be the band’s first album since Death Magnetic in 2008. They had other ones that came out during that eight-year span, but they were digital downloads through iTunes.

It should also be mentioned that this a double album. This is also the first album that guitarist Kirk Hammett did not help with since joining the band. While the band was over in Europe, he lost his phone and didn’t back up his information. He would end up losing all the riffs that he had planned for the album.

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After the success of Death Magnetic, the band didn’t do anything major as far as recording new material. Then it was announced by bassist Robert Trujillo in October of 2011 that the band was entering the studio to record new material. Then lead singer James Hetfield would end up announcing during a concert on February 6, 2016, at AT&T Park on the Night before Super Bowl 50 that they had wrapped up recording the material and we should be expecting something very soon.

Over the next few months, the band would end up releasing some of the songs on the album.

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I have heard some of these songs on Spotify and the songs remind me of the Kill ‘Em All and Master of Puppets days which is some of the bands early albums. I am looking forward to seeing what these guys can do, once again. It seems that every Metallica album except for St. Anger that came out in the early 1990s have all been successful.

All I will say is if you are a fan of Metallica or a fan of good old thrash metal from one of the original “founders” of thrash metal, then go out and buy this album. This has the makings of being a good album and one that will continue to help the Metallica legacy.


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Robert D. Cobb
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