Metallica released their 10th studio album Hardwired … to Self-Destruct via their independent label Blackened Recordings. First material since 2008’s Death Magnetic, the record was produced by Greg Fidelman. Hardwired to Self-Destruct is everything that a Metallica album is expected to be ; a blend of striking cool sounds from a new perspective and comforting familiarity that stays true to their roots.
It is an aesthetic continuation of their early works, making the album appealing. Most of the time, except the brutal opener Hardwired and the thrash metal, Spit Out the Bone, the tracks are mid-tempo tunes with stretches towards rock and progressive driven by hooks and melodies from badass guitars , both creative and original. The first part is a collection of concise , well-crafted songs , simpler, accessible than the second, more intricate and darker. Now That We’re Dead and Moth Into Flame are two of the album’s highlights. The songs have the potential to become classics. Dream No More is an explosion of shiny riffs as we love. Halo On Fire ends this first half of Hardwired … to Self-Destruct as strong as it begins. It is one of best long runs of all the time. It takes you on an intense journey punctuated of pounding riffs as well as tasteful turns and twists. The second disc features a tribute to Motörhead singer, Lemmy Kilmister, consisting of song titles. The riffs are pure beauty on Confusion, with a lot of excellent hooks that grab your ears. Same feelings on Here Comes Revenge.
All in all, there’s something familiar and refreshing on Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. They re-envision their music with an invigorating rawness, contagious and relevant. Hoping not to wait 8 years again to get new material.
Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is available for purchase at www.metallica.com in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital and Deluxe Versions.