Hardwired...To Self-Destruct [CD]

  • Artist: Metallica
  • SKU: 5608300
  • Release Date: 11/18/2016
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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 429 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    love the 80's

    Posted
    foodboy
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    Generic. Predictable. Boring. Recycled. Post 1988 Metallica. Yes, I consider Justice to be their finest work. I am still craving Justice II. While there are some good moments on Hardwired, they are few and far between. AND... a little Metallica is better than no Metallica. The album is not so bad that i would avoid it, its just all of the things I mentioned above. For some context... in the past several years I have been enjoying bands like Conquering Dystopia, (Loomis, Merrow) Lamb of God, Trivium, and other bands of similar talent and creativity. These are the musicians that took from And Justice for All and brought it to the next level. Or perhaps the next several levels, in Conq Dyst's case. Just amazing stuff! Now for the details. Moth into flame is the lone stand out on the album. Classic Metallica with tempo changes, multiple riffs, and decent leads. Beyond this song... its just not happening. Take "confusion" for example. A six minute song built around one riff. An intro that had me thinking AM I CONFUSED? Confused about the first minute of the song being Am I evil? ( the recycled) The intro is just pointless. Murder One. At first, that was my thought... They Murdered One! !! Then it just devolved into a typical low E to next octave E Mid tempo no palm needed riff. This song is a good representative of the rest of the album. Just enough to not turn it off. I should stress, its not a horrible album. I'm just hopelessly waiting for something that will probably never be. As a young guitarist, I remember desperately waiting for the tabs to come out for Justice, so that I could play along with the album. Just learning all those notes, and techniques was so informative, and satisfying. Listening to this album, there are very few riffs if any that I would bother trying to reproduce or even need the tabs for if the mood struck me. Just real generic/basic stuff. I'm pretty sure Lars recorded this album with a starter set from Toys R Us. Toms ?... Who needs toms! Its stunning to listen to how little he uses his instrument. Not sure if he has the ability or not? But some creative drumming would have definitely helped this album. Same goes for Kirk. The 2 string king. Neither of them have ever been at or near the top of their respective profession, but this album really magnifies that fact. The first time I heard the lead to the title track, I thought it was a mistake! Just weird stuff! As far as the 'Metallica engine' Hetfield goes. I guess you could say he's just getting older and maybe feels no need for any complexity in creativity? To me, complexity IS creativity . I am not looking for cheap pop like hooks that get old after 2 or 3 times through. I was struck by an interview James did on XM radio in which he stated how angry he gets when he hears the same triplet galloping riff in a lot of metal today. I do agree with him on this, in that it is an over used riff, and the foundation for way too many songs. Ironic that this album starts with that very riff? Its better than single note open E chugging at mid tempo! Its up to you guys to be creative with it, and not rely on it! Having said all this, I still LOVE Metallica, and don't second guess any of their work. This is all a subjective point of view. AND... I still wait for Justice II. Maybe Trujillo should be let loose and see what happens? 8 more years till the next one!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    compared to modern metal

    Posted
    iRocku
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    i own all of Metallica's music & respect them - songs off all their albums were among my favorites growing up. My interests of late have turned to more prog related groups. Metallica's sound was revolutionary to my rock ears & they played in something other than 4/4! Their lyrics were sparse, you had to listen to really hear the worlds in "And Justice". The music propelled the words. But Metallica has changed. To be honest, I wish they'd never done a ballad. I don't listen to Metallica for ballads. Hatfield is an able singer & sings better all the time, but now the vocals are very prominent, seemingly guiding the music. This album is very plain & stark sounding, like "Death Magnetic" & "And Justice" - but not as insane as those two records! Or did I miss an instrumental like Suicide and Redemption? Parts don't feel spontaneous or diverse in sound unlike System of A Down. Most of the songs seem very planned, "written", & echo previous albums, but I don't hear anything new or "breaking the modern musical barrier of metal". Sorry but I have high expectations for the brave men that wrote "Disposable Hero's". Metallica was synonymous with ground breaking music, but groups like Mastodon & Opeth have destroyed this predictable sound. It rocks, it is super sonic, but it doesn't destroy me like Siolent Green or make me feel that groovy evil like The Marz Volta or Velvet Revolver or even Sleep. It sounds like a very clean, well produced, but far to reminiscent of earlier works. I'm not sure why they don't let Robert Trujillo do anything other than follow the guitars. He's an amazing player - listen to SST & Infectious Grooves - he could add the same dimension that Cliff Burton added to "Master of Puppets". Melodic bass lines & different techniques could transform their sound & help them to grow beyond this "classic" metal sound. I found a few places...challenging...& knowing how well Trujillo plays - i just don't get it. Now I'm spoiled. Mastodon's harmonic chords, Tesseract's super sonic vocals & style, Opeth's heavy to dreamy constructs, Dream Theater is at least unpredictable (& yes I like the not very astonishing) - all of this is more interesting to me. Plus great bands right now are releasing new & exciting sounds, don't get stuck in a rut in music, cuz the great stuff is always morphing into something new. It rocks, but in comparison to crazy metal that is the opposite of predictability - the album is more - predictable...I'm sure it'll be a hit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Album for any fan

    Posted
    Ironstyle
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    Metallica has always been one of the most controversial bands of discussion. They have die hard fans for any area in their career. You have fans of their 80's career that will stand by only the first 4 albums, then you have fans of the 90's that generally like all their catalog. There's even the rare fan that likes only their 90's stuff. With Hardwired, you get an album that should satisfy anyone that likes any point in their career. There's fast tunes and there's mid-tempo tunes. Now, I wont go into the whole audiophile deal here as everyone has their ticks on that. I've read reviews where people love the mixing and mastering on this album and others where they hated it. In my opinion (and I am a sound engineer) this album is leveled out, mixed and mastered really well. No one aside from other sound guys should be able to nit pick things they don't like. It's a far improvement from Death Magnetic in terms of the engineering that went behind it. Gone is the distortion and clipping that riddled DM (mostly in The Day That Never Comes). With Hardwired you get crisp clarity. Now, the music on the album is some of the best they've done in a long time. As Lars has stated, the songs really are more straight forward and to the point. Don't confuse that with 3:30 minute songs opposed to 7+ minute songs. Some of them are still a little long but they don't seem to drone on longer than they should be. I do personally like the longer songs though. My only real problem with the album is there are more mid-tempo bluesy songs than fast thrashy ones. If they just had one more fast on on the second disc I think this album could have been a five star easy. But alas, we have been deprived of that. But luckily for Metallica, it doesn't drag down the album so much. If you liked DM apart from the sound quality, then this album will be a treat. It sounds like a continuation of DM but done just a little bit better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hardwired... To Self-Destruct

    Posted
    madhatter

    Well, it took 8 years, but Metallica's tenth album Hardwired... To Self-Destruct is here and what a beast it is. Say what you will about Metallica, they've still got it. This album is likely a crazy mix of their first 3 albums, the black album, and a little bit of Load & Reload thrown in for good measure. Now...to something that I'm sure the audiophiles want to know about. honestly, I had never heard of the "loudless war" until Metallica's last album Death Magnetic came out. Since then, there have many postings online stating criticisms over so-called loudness in music even though it's been going on for years, but since Death Magnetic, a lot of "know-it-alls" came out of the woodwork to state what they thought was affected by the loudness war, but Death Magnetic was definitely the worst offender. The mixing was so loud and brick-walled, you couldn't play it very loud or it would sound distorted and you risk ear fatigue. Not with Hardwired thankfully. I don't fancy myself as an audiophile, and I don't have credentials, I'm no expert. What I do know is what sounds good, and if you're worried about sound quality, don't be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    They certainly are trying

    Posted
    McMack
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    While Metallica have been around for some 30+ years, this is only there 10th studio album. For what ever reason they have decided at this point to attempt to reach read as much old ground as possible. With backlash even only at their fifth release they have been fighting to establish their own sound within the public ear, and after years of hidden just not taking home and then came around with death magnetic and gave us something new but also old at the same time. Hardwired to Self-destruct does not continue the path as laid down by its predecessor, rather it opens and closes with a taste of the fast thrashy Metallica that fans have been clamoring for but book ending a mostly bland album that is a senseless two disk effort (seriously, why a double for this?) which gives absolutely nothing away upon first listen. I cannot honestly recommend this outright.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Album

    Posted
    jrobitaille23

    I was shocked how bad this album is. It's as if they've completed forgotten how to write and play music. If you took every okay song since their 5th album and put them on one album you'd have half the quality of 'Black' album. This album has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. If you were a fan of Classic Metallica and were hoping they'd finally make an album worthy of their name...this isn't it. If you have poor taste in music and actually think this album...or even a single song off it is good..wow...you are a lost cause. I wanted so badly to like it. I've purchased every record they've ever made and unlike wine...they do not get better with age. DO NOT PURCHASE!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best MetallicA in years

    Posted
    Harbinger50
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    Man! One of my first CDs back when THOSE first came out was Metallica . . . And Justice For All. Been a fan ever since. This album is probably the best one they've put out since that one . . . At least since the Black Album. Don't get me wrong, I like Death Magnetic too, but this one is better. And Freaking LONG. 2 CDs! 80 something minutes. None of this 40 minute CD junk for our hard earned money. THANK YOU METALLICA. Keep it going! Oh, and they put up music videos for every single track. Pretty cool, but definitely give the album a few listens before watching those so you can interpret them for yourself before seeing someone else's ideas about them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Metallica album in years, but...

    Posted
    Matt
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    Completely surprised at this album. Death Magnetic had it's moments of being good, but it was just poorly arranged and drawn out to the point of lumbering along. Hard Wired suffers from the nearly the same thing being two albums this go around, but there are far more good songs to enjoy than with DM. If they had merely edited this down to a single album it would have been epic Metallica album. My suggestion is Metallica needs to keep some friends around who will speak up and help them trim the fat sometimes because HWTSD was in desperate need of some carving. Don't get me wrong the good songs are GOOD, but the weaknesses are there too.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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