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Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (Deluxe)

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Anchored by James Hetfield’s unctuous roar, songs like “Hardwired,” “Moth Into Flame,” and “Atlas, Rise” are no-frills, hard-charging thrash that knocks over everything in its path. The furious pace comes to a simmer on the nuanced “Dream No More” and “Here Comes Revenge,” both worthy of stadium anthem status. But the prevailing mood is downcast. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is hard music for hard times, an amplified reaction to—and reflection of—an inhumane society.

Customer Reviews

Crazy good

There's really only 1 song that I don't like (confusion) other than that, everything is great; I love am I savage, lords of summer, dream no more, manunkind, spit out the bone, and the rest as well; an added bonus is remember tomorrow, I didn't think it would be worth a listen, but it's probably my second or third favorite out of the whole album. Overall a great album and would recommend

Why complain?

Too many elite metal losers will never be happy. There are some fantastic songs on here. There are a few filler tracks but those fillers beat St Anger and Reload! Grow up.

Don't get stuck in the past

Too many people are comparing this album to the old Metallica or Death Magnetic. These comparisons are fine, but I think you should just take the album for what it is: a heavy, thrashin', balls-to-the-wall metal album. Now the obligatory track-by-track review.

Hardwired: 3/5 They're stuck in the past with this one. It sounds just like Death Magnetic, but the solo is rather lame and the lyrics are un-interesting. It's fast and heavy, but that's it.

Atlas, Rise: 4.5/5 All-around great track, complete with a compelling solo and an Iron Maiden reference. Only reason I docked off half a point was that they try to force this song's heaviness by playing everything fortissimo, when the song structure demands dynamics.

Now That We're Dead: 4/5 Solid. However, this is the only track where I don't like the music video; it's just the band members noodling with special effects. For the people who don't know, every song on the album has a music video, and every one but this and possibly Atlas Rise is worth watching.

Moth Into Flame 5/5 They just did everything right. The rhymes are superb and the chorus is just catchy enough to get stuck in your head without sounding radio-friendly.

Dream No More: 4.5/5 Very haunting, downtempo song. People are comparing it to The Thing That Should Not Be, which is an apt comparison just looking at the song's role in the album. However, I like this better.

Halo On Fire: 5/5 Probably the album's best song. It's over 8 minutes long but not a second is wasted. The riff at the end is a thing of beauty, and Hetfield's pre-chorus screams are super refreshing after the ominous verses.

Confusion: 3/5 Not my favorite, but the lyrics have a strong message.

ManUnKind: 3.5/5 Swingin' and with an unusual time signature, ManUnKind had the potential to be great. However, the lyrics are bland and the song feels too long.

Here Comes Revenge: 4.5/5 Just might have the best chorus on the album. One problem: the last "revenge" after the second "just for you" is unnecessary, and those two bars should have been removed.

Am I Savage? 4/5 Another haunting, swingin' downtempo tune. This one scores "most relatable music video" points in my book.

Murder One: 2.5/5 I get that it's a tribute to Lemmy, but that's the only interesting thing about this piece.

Spit Out the Bone: 5/5 There's a good reason everyone loves this track! The riffs are absolute fire played at a breakneck speed. My only complaint is that the slow section drags on a little longer than is necessary, but overall this is a classic thrash metal tune and a great way to end the album. Really takes you by surprise after so many downtempo tracks on disc 2.


Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The release of 1983's Kill 'Em All marked the beginning...
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