St. Anger [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been said that you can't go home again, that it's impossible to truly get back to your roots once you've evolved to another state -- but this two-decade-old thrash juggernaut does its best to prove that adage false on this purposefully abrasive, sometimes downright ugly collection. St. Anger isn't exactly a return to the sound of, say Ride the Lightning or Kill 'Em All, but it is a pretty close approximation of the emotional tone of Metallica's early albums. On St. Anger's title track -- which, like many of the cuts here, edges close to the eight-minute mark -- James Hetfield revels in apoplectic rage, while he and Kirk Hammett tussle with riffs that stop, start, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been said that you can't go home again, that it's impossible to truly get back to your roots once you've evolved to another state -- but this two-decade-old thrash juggernaut does its best to prove that adage false on this purposefully abrasive, sometimes downright ugly collection. St. Anger isn't exactly a return to the sound of, say Ride the Lightning or Kill 'Em All, but it is a pretty close approximation of the emotional tone of Metallica's early albums. On St. Anger's title track -- which, like many of the cuts here, edges close to the eight-minute mark -- James Hetfield revels in apoplectic rage, while he and Kirk Hammett tussle with riffs that stop, start, and stutter rather than bulldoze straight ahead. The doomy "Dirty Window" lurches ahead in a similar manner, cleaving Sabbath-esque minor chords with some straight-outta-the-sepulchre vocals from Hetfield. The disc is swathed in something of an odd mix, with snare drum cutting to the bone of many songs and an unaccustomed layer of grit atop the guitars -- "Frantic" and the slide-laden "Sweet Amber" scrape with a gravelly tone that's seldom cropped up before in the notoriously clean confines of Metallica-land. There's a neo-industrial vibe to "Purify," which ratchets up the tension with a passel of false endings and an alternately funereal and thrashing machine-age rhythm bed. Some of the experimenting doesn't pan out -- notably "Some Kind of Monster," which creeps a little too far into Korn's field -- but overall, St. Anger packs a lot of meat, and plenty of motion, into its 70-odd minutes of primal screaming.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Metallica's first new material in over five years arrived after a flurry of non-musical activity that included a much-publicized spat over Internet file sharing, the departure of bassist Jason Newsted, and a lengthy stay in rehab for James Hetfield that suspended the recording of a new album indefinitely. Hetfield returned to the fold in late 2001. Still without a bass player, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and their newly sober frontman recruited longtime producer Bob Rock to man Newsted's spot, and creation of the album commenced in May 2002. St. Anger arrived a year later as a punishing, unflinching document of internal struggle -- taking listeners inside the bruised yet vital body of Metallica, but ultimately revealing the alternately torturous and defiant demons that wrestle inside Hetfield's brain. St. Anger is an immediate record. Written largely in the first person, it never warns of impending doom, doesn't struggle with claustrophobia, and has care neither for religion's safety nor its hypocrisy. The religious symbolism of its title and artwork seems only to function as a metaphorical device. Lacking the heavy metal baggage of these past themes, Metallica is left to ponder only itself and its singer's psychosis, and delivers its diagnosis on slabs of speed metal informed with years of innovation and texture. The record exists as it ends. As the lockstep thrash of the eight-plus minute "All Within My Hands" tumbles toward its final gasp, Hetfield is explicit in his aims. "I will only let you breathe my air that you receive," he seethes. "Then we'll see if I let you love me." Ulrich's drums sputter in fits and starts, but the guitars are already dying, shutting down as Hetfield stabs at the microphone. "Kill kill kill kill kill," he screams, and you have to check the wall for a splatter radius. It's a brutal, ugly end to an album that switches on like a bare light bulb in an underground cave. It blasts each corner with harsh, unfiltered light for 75 minutes, until the bulb is shattered with a combat boot, leaving disquieting after-images exploding on the backs of your eyelids. "Frantic" is driven forth by a snare drum that just may be made of iron, Hammett and Hetfield's guitars eschewing separate parts in favor of a roaring tag-team approach. A hint of the band's mid-'90s nod to alternative drifts in during a bridge, but it's quickly swallowed alive by the song's muscular groove, never to be heard from again. "St. Anger," the single, marks the first appearance of a vocal technique that lurks in the shadows throughout the album. As Hetfield groans, "I feel my world shake/It's hard to see clear," he seems manipulated by an unseen force, flickering like bad reception. It's unsettling, and startlingly effective. Hetfield's psyche is on trial throughout, and though he often expresses confusion and anger over his struggle "Some Kind of Monster" and especially "Dirty Window," in which he becomes both judge and jury, the mechanistic rhythms of the band seem to give him strength. "Shoot Me Again" -- another seven-minute epic -- becomes Hetfield's sneering answer to himself. It lurches into gear, juxtaposing a deceptively soothing verse with a dirty guitar line that explodes in the song's titular money shot. The resonating cymbal cracks during its stops and starts are particularly satisfying, as you can imagine the members of Metallica facing each other in a circle, jamming the song's jagged melody down the throat of a solitary microphone. The image comes to life in St. Anger's bonus DVD edition, which captures Hetfield, Hammett, Ulrich, and new bassist Robert Trujillo in their headquarters compound, shredding through each song on the album in its entirety. St. Anger isn't a comeback, and it's not a throwback. The album is exactly what Metallica needed to make at this point in its career, after clawing its way to the top of the metal scrap heap, reeducating a generation of bands, and popularizing its genre beyond anyone's expectations. St. Anger looks inward with a hard eye, and while it finds some grinning demons in that pit, it also unearths some of the sickest grooves of Metallica's 20-plus-year lifespan.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
There's an authenticity to St. Anger's fury that none of the band's rap-metal followers can touch.... This is loud, expansive, unrepentant Metallica.
Spin Magazine - Sean Richardson
This is the album Metallica lifers have been waiting for: an inspired return to the complex savagery of old. (A-)
Blender - Greg Kot
This is the grimiest and grimmest of the band's Bob Rock productions, a throwback to Garage Days Revisited-style animosity for animosity's sake.

There's an authenticity to St. Anger's fury that none of the band's rap-metal followers can touch.... This is loud, expansive, unrepentant Metallica.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4988005440082
  • Catalog Number: 631617

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Frantic (5:51)
  2. 2 St. Anger (7:21)
  3. 3 Some Kind of Monster (8:26)
  4. 4 Dirty Window (5:24)
  5. 5 Invisible Kid (8:31)
  6. 6 My World (5:45)
  7. 7 Shoot Me Again (7:10)
  8. 8 Sweet Amber (5:27)
  9. 9 The Unnamed Feeling (7:10)
  10. 10 Purify (5:14)
  11. 11 All Within My Hands (8:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Frantic
  2. 2 St. Anger
  3. 3 Some Kind of Monster
  4. 4 Dirty Window
  5. 5 Invisible Kid
  6. 6 My World
  7. 7 Shoot Me Again
  8. 8 Sweet Amber
  9. 9 The Unnamed Feeling
  10. 10 Purify
  11. 11 All Within My Hands
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metallica Primary Artist
Robert Trujillo Bass
Technical Credits
Kirk Hammett Contributor
James Hetfield Contributor
Colin Mitchell Camera Operator
Jean Pellerin Camera Operator
Bob Rock Producer, Engineer
Lars Ulrich Contributor
Robert Trujillo Contributor
Pushead Cover Illustration
Dana Marshall Producer
Wayne Isham Director
Paul Owen Monitors
Ryan Smith Camera Operator
Vlado Meller Mastering
Brad Klausen Production Design
Dave Hatchet Camera Operator
Mike Hatchet Camera Operator
Connie Isham Script Supervisor
Logan Lebo Gaffer
Nick Pectol Camera Operator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New, but good!

    Okay, we all know this album is WAY different, but frankly i think it still rocks. It has some holes to fill in with the guitar work and lyrics, but once you hear it a couple times, it grows on you a lot. Basically Metallica was and is the greatest band period. No other 80s metal band has managed to leave the same kind of mark that Metallica has. Great stuff!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite metallica album since master of puppets

    i loved this album just as much as master of puppets i gotta say my favorite songs on this album are dirty window and of course st anger some kind of monster and the unamed feeling i can not wait till some of these songs on my bass guitar metallica you guys rock keep makin music and do not give up i will always beileve in you metallica

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    sucked

    i love metallica they are one of my favorite bands, but this album sounded terrible. i could have wrote better lyrics, it was very poorly recorded, bottom line is it sucked

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    metallica has gone bye bye with this album that stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this band stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! metallica stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    this is the backstreet boys with guitars,bass,drums,vocals

    this album marks the return of emo metal by the emo band known as metallica who started alienating their fan base with 1991 black album produced by emo producer bob rock this is bob rocks final studio album by emo band known as metallica aka stinkallica this band is still is releasing albums and they are a sinking ship that keeps going way down and when the ship hits the ocean floor it ends up breaking into pieces very fast seriously fast stinkallica latest effort death magnetic was produced by emo producer rick rubin may metallica rest in peace 1981 1991

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    amazing cd/movie soundtrack

    amazing songs amazing band amazing group of musicians great musicianship top notch prodocuction bob rock on bass guitar amazing riffs drumbeats amazing vocals amazing everything

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    simply the best metal band in decades

    this band is the best of the best thanks metallica for the great album st anger is now my second favorite metallica album ride the lightning is my first favorite metallica i do not know how anybody can hate on st anger this album kicks butt its their best album they put out since kill'em all i do not even care if bob rock is the bass player on this album this is bob rocks finale album with metallica in 2006 it was announced that rick rubin would produce the follow up to st anger this album kicks butt i love all the songs this album is even more insane than any of megadeths albums

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crap Crap Crap

    WOW what a piece of crap this is!! it is too sad to listen to, please if you never heard of metallica do not recomend you listen to this to get into them, if anything Justice for all... or classic Master of puppets. so so so sad

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Very BAD!!!

    this was one of the worst albums that metallica mad. Metallica's best albums were the black album and anything before that. I was really disapointed in metallca for making this album

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Metallica's Nadir

    For me the main problem with St Anger is neither Lars' ringing snare, nor the fact that the guitars are lost in a swamp of low end. I don't even feel the absence of Hammett's increasingly lazy, cheesy fast-pentatonic solos much. The main problem is that the songs are just boring. The riffs are basic, obvious, uninteresting, and there isn't much change or development in the songs. Instead there is so much repetition that the album actually gets worse with subsequent listens. Encouraged by Bob Rock's &quot figure it out in the studio&quot ethic and the dizzying heights of their success, Metallica must have reached a point collectively where they believed that anything they coughed up in a jam session must be sheer gold dust--or somehow more poetically true/direct/angry because they no longer apply any form of self-criticism or quality control. St Anger is what happens when a band believes its own hype.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beware! Shame on Metallica!!

    Do not waste your money on this CD. If you are a newbie Metallica fan, buy anything pre-Black album, but do NOT pick up St. Awful! There are no guitar solos, the vocals are TERRIBLE, and the drums sound like clanging pots and pans. How could Bob Rock think the drums sounded good when he produced this?? Metallica simply dropped the ball on this CD. Coming from an longtime Metallica fan (since the '80s)... you have been warned!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This album made me realize that Metallica like many other bands from the good old 80's have sold them selves for the almighty dollar. Metallica sold out all the fans that have been with them for over two decades so they could gain popularity with the NU-metal Emo Screemo wussies that are the teenagers of today. hopfully the next album will be better, but I would venture to guess that Metallica's next record will be an attempt at Emo

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    st. craptacular

    not only the worst metallica album ever, but possibly the worst metal album ever. the songs are absurd, the production is horrible. the drums sound like garbage. did somebody's ten-year old son mix this sad attempt at DIY? metallica have become the douchebags of "metal"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ain't no anger here!!!

    It is harsh, loud, aggressive, and abrasive. But when you get past all that, it is the perfect blend for a great Metallica album. It just takes a few listens to understand. Also, watching the documentary about the making of this album helps you to appreciate the work it took to make an album of this caliber.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    St. Anger

    This is a great Metallica album, except it has a lot of errors. The reason I like this song is because it show raw, anger, and metal. Great job Metallica.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    St. Anger

    I first heard St. Anger and didn't bother doing background on the album. Instead I heard the songs and quickly rated the album without the checking lyrics or the songs. One day I decided to look and found out that St Anger is actually a amazing album, except it has a lot of mistakes like lyrics for example. The riffs and what the songs are about actually make sense and the songs are sometimes what we face in life between body and soul. I wish couple of listeners to album knew what the main purpose of the album is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The worst album of Metallica

    75 min of pointless heaviness no solos , awful drum sounding. Heavy music did not neccesary means better music. This is the worst album of Metallica

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    learning a lot

    I've sat w/this album since it came out and find it replay- friendly. It's not painful to listen to multiple times, something I definitely can't say for the older stuff (no matter how good it was, it was just exhausting). I find it a bit narrow-minded that 'true metal' fans have a problem with the band maturing. I'm sure Britney Spears teenaged fans won't want to see her gyrate and giggle when they're 30. Change happens and for Metallica, they've been able to be vulnerable, corny and talented: in other words, people. Can't fault them for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Re:your kidding, right?

    What in the heck is this? this whole album sounds to me like it was recorded in a day. "Load", and "Reload" are so much better. I am surprised this album actually came out. Stay away, stay far away!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gives me anger.

    The St. Anger album has some 11 Metallica songs. My favorites are Frantic, St. Anger, Somekind of Monster, Dirty Window, and Invisible Kid while the other songs are OK. This album needed a little more work, but it's sort of good.

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