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Thu, December 29, 2016

Top 9 of 2016: #7 Metallica-Hardwired...To Self-Destruct!

HERE IT IS! The best albums released in the year 2016. I feel like we should lay down some ground rules before we get started. First and foremost, this is my OPINION. Therefore, I could be right or I could be wrong but based on my taste this is the list I put together. If you feel like I made a miscalculation, please feel free to comment with your argument. I love debating music and would love to do it with you. Also, these albums fall somewhere in the rock genre. That's what I do. Thirdly, please when you're telling me what you think in the comments, keep it PC.

#7 Metallic-Hardwired…To Self-Destruct!

Admit it; you’re surprised to see this on my list. I know Cutter is. Hell, even I’m surprised that I’m actually taking time out of my busy existence to write up a RECCOMENDATION for Metallica. I know what you’re saying to yourself, “But BallZach…Don’t you hate Metallica?” Well, no. I don’t actually HATE the band. Hate is a strong word that I’m reluctant to use unless we are talking about Drake or Kanye.
However, since you asked so nicely, I will tell you exactly how I feel about Metallica. Just to get it out of the way.
I think Metallica is EXTREMELY overrated. I mean I respect the contributions that they have made to the genre of Metal, but honestly, they haven’t put out a culturally relevant album in 25+ years and that includes this one. Biggest band in Metal? Well, that only proves that once you get enough people together, their opinion invariably sucks (Thanks, Plato for pointing that one out to me, and they said that those college Philosophy classes wouldn’t come in handy). They need to stop. They are suffering from one of the most serious problems in Metal. Once you reach a certain age, it becomes very hard to take you seriously once you become angry. You’re a millionaire, dude. What do you have to bitch about exactly?

Now that all of that is out of the way, it didn’t stop Metallica from releasing one of the best albums of the year and that brings us to this list. Let’s take a look at the songs.

We’ll start with the first single from the album. When this one came out Cutter about wet himself, and for good reason. Metallica hasn’t thrashed this hard in years. Now that’s not saying this is Master of Puppets or even close to anything off Kill’em All. The lyrics are childish, but let’s be honest is anyone really paying attention to the lyrics when they are being relentlessly beaten over the head with that riff? This song is nominated for the Grammy for Best Rock Performance and again, for good reason.

“Moth Into Flame”
I admit it; I’m a sucker for duel guitars and love the way this song starts out. You know you’re in for a ride when it comes to that particular intro. You just can’t keep from bobbing your head when you listen to this tune. The lyrics are VASTLY better than “Hardwired” which is exactly what was needed. The chorus is big and it should be. It has a sort of “Whiskey In The Jar” feel until it comes back and thrashes your head off. I absolutely love the solo Kirk Hammett pulls off as well. He reportedly didn’t have much to do with the writing, but definitely makes his presence known with his signature guitar sound.

“Atlas, Rise”
I saved the best for last. I absolutely, unequivocally love this tune. When I first heard it, I was having a meeting with my boss and Cutter was playing it and I started tapping my foot and bobbing my head. I was like “Dude, who is that? That kicks ass!” only to find out that it was Metallica and I was about to eat my words when it came to this record (story of my life). The lyrics are the best of the three tunes I’ve listed. I love anything having to do with ancient mythology and James Hetfield uses it masterfully here. The only problem I have with this tune is that there should have been double-kick. If there was double-kick I don’t think I’d stop listening to it. However, it’s Lars Ulrich and I’m never going to win when it comes to that dude.

Now bang your heads!

Miss any of the other albums on this list? Find them here:

#8 Amon Amarth: Jomsviking

#9 A Day To Remember: Bad Vibrations