After giving it a fair crack of the whip, I’ve decided I don’t like the new metallica album. Its not that the songs are overly bad, in fact some of them should be really great songs. Unfortunately they all seem to have been pointlessly lengthened (IMO) with solo’s that are not of the standard you would expect from Metallica. Most of the songs seem to be missing the beautiful melodic solos that I associate with the classic Metallica tracks, in favour of a heavier, less refined sound.
I read an interview in kerrang a few weeks ago where they (Metallica) stated we could not have made a better album. If that is the case then... for me, it's time they stopped.