Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (2016) {Deluxe Edition} [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (2016) {Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:37:10 minutes | 3,5 GB | Genre: Metal
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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