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Hardwired...To Self-Destruct [3CD Deluxe Version]

Album: Hardwired...To Self-Destruct [3CD Deluxe Version]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hardwired
2)    Atlas, Rise!
3)    Now That We're Dead
4)    Moth Into Flame
5)    Dream No More
6)    Halo On Fire
1)    Confusion
2)    ManUNkind
3)    Here Comes Revenge
4)    Am I Savage?
5)    Murder One
6)    Spit Out the Bone
1)    Lords of Summer
2)    Ronnie Rising Medley
3)    When a Blind Man Cries
4)    Remember Tomorrow
5)    Helpless [Live at Rasputin Music]
6)    Hit the Lights [Live at Rasputin Music]
7)    Four Horsemen [Live at Rasputin Music], The
8)    Ride the Lightning [Live at Rasputin Music]
9)    Fade to Black [Live at Rasputin Music]
10)    Jump in the Fire [Live at Rasputin Music]
11)    For Whom the Bell Tolls [Live at Rasputin Music]
12)    Creeping Death [Live at Rasputin Music]
13)    Metal Militia [Live at Rasputin Music]
14)    Hardwired [Live in Minneapolis]
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Performer Notes
  • Metallica began their long journey back home some time after nearly imploding during the recording of 2003's St. Anger. Hardwired...To Self-Destruct arrives 13 years after that album but it, almost more than its 2008 predecessor Death Magnetic, feels like a repudiation of the band's '90s, the years when Metallica shined up, slowed down, and got a lot weirder. Sprawling over two discs when it could've fit onto one (an aesthetic choice certainly meant to evoke memories of 1988's double LP ...And Justice for All), Hardwired...To Self-Destruct does indeed rage, roaring out the gate with a title track where James Hetfield bellows "We're so f***ed/S*** out of luck." That palpable desperation recalls the free-floating angst that fueled Metallica's '80s, but Hardwired...To Self-Destruct doesn't find the quartet scrambling to sound as ferocious as they did during their heyday. Often, they do unleash the fury -- "Moth into Flame" gallops forward in a manner reminiscent of "Battery" -- but there's no denying that Metallica are an older band now, either incapable or uninterested in maintaining that intensity over the course of a full double album. When they slow down, it's not exclusively to churn and brood. "Murder One," a salute to departed Motrhead leader Lemmy, may belong in that category, but "Am I Savage?" teeters between ominous dirge and intricate transitions, while "Dream No More" has a backbeat that nearly swings. "ManUNKind" also has a bit of buried funk in its rhythms and that, along with the preponderance of complicated suites, is a clue that Hardwired...To Self-Destruct is primarily the work of Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Kirk Hammett doesn't have a single songwriting credit -- allegedly, this is due to the guitarist losing an iPhone filled with riffs just prior to recording -- and he's also diminished in terms of solos, leaving Hardwired as a showcase for Metallica's musical constructions. If the riffs don't always sink in deeply -- and if the entire production feels slightly monochromatic -- what impresses here is the thought and musicality within the compositions and the performances, elements that have always been at the band's core and shine brightly on Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The mostly epic-length tracks -- almost entirely written by drummer Lars Ulrich and singer-guitarist James Hetfield -- are melodically assured furies of serial riffing and tempo shocks."

NME (Magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Dream No More' is swaggery dirge-metal brilliance, taking part of your soul as it rings to a close. Then `Murder One', a more chilling affair, descends into widdly guitar madness..."

Paste (magazine) - "James Hetfield is the star of the record, vocally and musically. His mighty riffs can still stop you dead in your tracks..."

Clash (magazine) - "`Halo On Fire' is as an unexpected highlight with soft vocals reminiscent of '90s grunge and clean guitars that build into a melodic guitar solo. It's the most refreshing cut, by far..."
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