Back when I used to listen to them I mostly played their first or second album. Can't remember which one it was.
Rev was a great drummer, not in a group of the greatest but he definitely was close. Both guitarists were pretty good too.
Vocals went to shit when the lead singer guy had to get surgery on his vocal chords though.
A lot of metalcore (though they're basically hard rock now) bands always get a lot of shit for not being "real metal".
Should note in hindsight their songs were always badly written bar Bat Country imo.
Well they stopped being metalcore with City of Evil. Right now they're definitely metal, real metal at that, with Hail to the King. They deviated from the hard rock of their self-titled album and Nightmare.
Oh, last I heard from them was their self-titled album. I just figured they'd have stuck with that genre because they were so many albums in.
Yeah they decided to go throwback with Hail to the King so maybe it's worth a listen, see what you think. Still may not be your cup of tea but I assure you it's somewhat different than their previous work
Death Magnetic wasn't that great of a comeback album either.
Metallica's first 5 albums were great but they've gone super downhill since then. Kill Em All and the Black Album are great. Master of Puppets is excellent but has been over hyped to absolute death (best metal album ever? LOL okay then.) And Justice for All is also excellent. But the only real classic they've had is ride the lightning in my opinion which is amazing.
Hell I like Metallica a lot, used to love them but they are slightly overrated tbh.