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Some Kind of Monster
     

Some Kind of Monster

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by Metallica
 

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Released in conjunction with the behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the metal titans' regrouping -- and subsequent group therapy sessions -- this eight-song EP provides something of a snapshot of Metallica as both a live and studio animal. The latter aspect is evidenced in two versions of the title track, one culled from St. Anger<

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Released in conjunction with the behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the metal titans' regrouping -- and subsequent group therapy sessions -- this eight-song EP provides something of a snapshot of Metallica as both a live and studio animal. The latter aspect is evidenced in two versions of the title track, one culled from St. Anger and a shorter, more direct edit that hones the song's energy to a much sharper point. The six live cuts, taken from a June 2003 show, span the band's two-decade career and show their ability to revisit the unvarnished intensity that imbued the earliest days -- particularly on a take-no-prisoners "Ride the Lightning." While the band don't add anything particularly new to the mix, on songs like "Motorbreath" and "Leper Messiah," James Hetfield exudes a palpable fury that's truly bracing. The enhanced disc also features a video for "Some Kind of Monster." Proof positive that there's life in the ol' Monster yet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Metallica intended to sell their 2003 comeback album, St. Anger, with a series of infomercials by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, directors of the acclaimed documentaries Brother's Keeper and Paradise Lost. Bizarre as that failed plan sounds, what's even more bizarre is that those infomercials morphed into the feature-length film Some Kind of Monster (its title taken from an album track on St. Anger), which documented the making of St. Anger, including the group therapy sessions that helped the band pull back from the brink of breakup. All movies need a soundtrack, so one was cobbled together to coincide with the release of the movie, hence the birth of Some Kind of Monster, the EP. Barring an edit of the title track, there is absolutely no new material here: it opens with the full-length version of the title track, then delves into six live tracks recorded on June 11, 2003, in Paris, France. All six of these live tracks were on the international EP release Unnamed Feeling, as well as B-sides for a multi-part international single of the same name.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624883524
catalogNumber:
48835

Tracks

  1. Some Kind of Monster
  2. The Four Horsemen
  3. Damage, Inc.
  4. Leper Messiah
  5. Motorbreath
  6. Ride the Lightning
  7. Hit the Lights
  8. Some Kind of Monster

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Some Kind of Monster 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JEANPIERREFORRES6 More than 1 year ago
Maybe it was the intense Paris heat these four felt recording the live majority of this album that brings it the unparallelled(for Metallica} quality of INNER PEACE,which makes it worth listening to over and over.