Originally Posted by TehJerichoFan
I just about pissed myself laughing after listening to Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed. Just atrocious.
I just listened to a couple of Death Magnetic songs as well, because people were saying that the 'gods of thrash' had returned with this album. Unfortunately, it ain't thrash. Its thrash influenced heavy metal with hard rock type vox.
For instance, that song 'All Nightmare Long' seemed to begin with some thrashy riffs, but Hetfield's vox ruined everything. He is still singing in that hard rock melodic style, which is completely at odds with the riffs in the song. It would have been half-decent if he had employed more harsh, rasps or barks, which suits thrash so well.
And need I say anything about Ulrich's drumming? He still sounds like a cat tap-dancing on tin cans. Prior to Death Magnetic, I had listened to Behemoth's 'Apostasy' and Kreator's 'Pleasure to Kill'. That unfortunately made me compare Ulrich's drumming with the great Ventor (Kreator) and Inferno (Behemoth).
To be honest, Ventor is one of the best drummers ever, and as for Inferno, the guy is just inhuman - drums sound like machine guns going off. Ulrich's deficiencies are brought out even more when you listen to these two.
Vocalists like Mille Petrozza and Max Cavalera (in his early days) also are far superior to Hetfield.
Metallica is done creatively, although they still make big bucks.
I prefer euro thrash like Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and bands like early Sepultura which employ the proto-death vox as opposed to american thrash (except for Slayer and Morbid Angel, the latter actually being Death Metal), so my opinion might be a bit biased. The first three bands have all been pretty consistent, with Kreator reigning the mordern thrash scene.
No offense to Metallica fans. Its just personal opinion.
Didin't attend 'Tallica concert in India because I was in Australia at the time for 2 months due to work...came back just now. Barring the initial fiasco, apparently they put up a good show in Bangalore.