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Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Metallica
Title: Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Speed/Thrash Metal
Label: © Blackened Recordings
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: metallica.com
Duration: 02:37:10
Recorded: May, 2015 - August, 2016, Metallica HQ, San Rafael, CA; Tracks 17–25 recorded live at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California on April 16, 2016; Track 26 recorded live at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 20, 2016

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 Motörhead 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. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 Hardwired 3:09
2 Atlas, Rise! 6:28
3 Now That We're Dead 6:59
4 Moth Into Flame 5:50
5 Dream No More 6:29
6 Halo On Fire 8:15
7 Confusion 6:43
8 ManUNkind 6:55
9 Here Comes Revenge 7:17
10 Am I Savage? 6:30
11 Murder One 5:45
12 Spit Out The Bone 7:09
13 Lords Of Summer 7:09
14 Ronnie Rising Medley (A Light In The Black / Tarot Woman / Stargazer / Kill The King) 9:03
15 When A Blind Man Cries 4:35
16 Remember Tomorrow 5:50
17 Helpless (Live) 3:08
18 Hit the Lights (Live) 4:07
19 The Four Horsemen (Live) 5:19
20 Ride The Lightning Live (Live) 6:56
21 Fade To Black (Live) 7:24
22 Jump In The Fire (Live) 5:13
23 For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live) 4:32
24 Creeping Death (Live) 6:43
25 Metal Militia (Live) 6:07
26 Hardwired (Live) 3:30

James Hetfield, lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett, lead guitar
Robert Trujillo, bass, backing vocals[36]
Lars Ulrich, drums

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