St. Anger

St. Anger

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by Metallica

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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 See more details below


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.

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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.

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Universal Int'l


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Metallica   Primary Artist
Kirk Hammett   Group Member
Lars Ulrich   Group Member
Robert Trujillo   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Metallica   Producer
Kirk Hammett   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer,Contributor
Colin Mitchell   Camera Operator
Jean Pellerin   Camera Operator
Bob Rock   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
Pushead   Cover Illustration
Dana Marshall   Producer
Wayne Isham   Director
Paul Owen   Monitors
Ryan Smith   Camera Operator
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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St. Anger 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 144 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
a-b-a-n-k-s-c-a-l-e-b More than 1 year ago
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
thegodofthebassguitar More than 1 year ago
this band stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! metallica stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently heard some tracks from this cd and let me tell you, you little bugger, it's set to be one of the best of 2003. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Metallica lately because I've had some rocky times with women and I've been wanting to hear some hard driving music. I had a date last week and everything was going great until we got back to her place. I started getting that gurgling feeling in my bowels and I really had to let a load loose. Well, I must not have checked the toilet good enough after flushing because a few fecal remnants washed back up afterwards, including some lettuce chunks from the taco bell I had for lunch. Well needless to say, Poncho, she was completely disgusted and asked me to leave. I ended up pouring bleach all over her garden the next night, though, and killed all her plants. Don't hate the player, yo, hate the game! I cry myself to sleep at night. I can't watch a Ben Affleck movie without seriously questioning my sexuality. I grew a goatee so I look tougher. All in all, if you have enjoyed Metallica's music since the Black Album, this cd is right along that path. Nothing too new here, but if you like Metallica, you really should enjoy this collection of songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything I've heard about this album tells me that it's gonna be pretty strong. One can only pray that it will be as good as their epic album, entitled "Load". These guys rock, there's no doubt about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The days of Metallica as the "smart man's metal band" have passed. You may all cherish the memories of the days of Puppets and Justice, but know that those days are forever gone; Metallica is dead. James knows that, Kirk and Lars do, too. St. Anger is only an attack at your wallet; don't waste your time. I wish I could say that Bob Rock killed the greatest metal band of all part, he did. The real tragedy is the total lack of resistance that band put up when confronted with the opportunity to become hella rich. RIP Metallica. We remember you well; you were taken from us too soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this resembles anything of the old Metallica (pre Black album), it will be good. However, if it mimics anything after it, it will indeed be a "Load" of poo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I of course do not have the CD/DVD per release date, but when i went to their website to listen to the sound clips they have, I was awestruck... and now they have, like, four on their site. With each sound clip, it got heavier and riff-ier! Not to knock anyone who thinks load was an epic, And Justice All was epic, Master Of Puppets was epic, their self entitled album was more historic than not... and this album makes may make me feel as someone might have back in 1985 when Master Of Puppets was first being recorded. Metallica rules forever!!!! And this new album is so highly anticipated by me, much more so than anything they have ever put out since I became a fan ten years ago this month! RIP Cliff Burton, first Metallica bassist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is gonna rock period. This has been my favorite band since I started listening to them at 14, 10 years ago. My parent's tried to ban it. My friends mom broke his CD's and priceless live in Mexico CD video and then told us both that the band were satan worshippers. After reading some stupid review on them in some Seventh Day Adventist magazine, she predicted they would be dead from drinking in a decade and forgoton. I never forgot that. All I have to say is decade is up and you lose. Heres their brand new CD as an anniversary present to your tunnel vision remark. Metallica, forever together, and rockin always. This band is the strongest of our generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just seen the video of Metallica's new album St Anger. Well, they regained some of their original anger and energy but combined with melodic passages. They kind of go System of a Down. I have to hear the rest of the album to have a definite opinion. Hope they are not doing what they are doing just because it is fashionable, profitable or because bands like System of a Down or Slipnokt are very successful mixing their fast/crushing sound with melody. Anyway, St Anger track seems to be better than anything else they have done after 1991 at least. And hope they have not included any silly and useless ballads. Lets thrash the world! nelio
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saint Anger is what rock music needs...a gruelling tour de force that the Bay Area icons so desperately needed...Although Metallica albums have sold well, recent releases have tired the old guard, resulting in many labeling them as "sell-outs"--and perhaps rightfully so. However, Saint Anger finds Metallica back in the driver's seat with a sonic intensity that matches Master of Puppets, only with better production. Of course, that is all due to Bob Rock, who also played bass on Saint Anger, and is a master of the soundboard. Robert Trujillo of Suicidal Tendencies (and later, Ozzy) has replaced bassist Jason Newsted, although most of the album's bass tracks were recorded before he arrived. After Newsted's departure, the Napster snafu, and lead singer/guitarist James Hetfield's addiction treatment, the band was at a crossroad, and Saint Anger is the result of the aformentioned tension. Perhaps Kill Em All is faster in tempo, but Saint Anger is Metallica's most savage album yet, lyrically and sonically. Stage 3 has officially begun...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about time that they got on the right track. I've been waiting for this for about 6 years. Hope it's as good or better than the other ones. Metallica rocks!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished listening to this cd, and I must stay, IT ROCKS!!! True Metallica fans are gonna be very suprised at the new sound. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will reserve judgment, but I hope someone says "I hope it's as good as justice, kill, lightnightning, or puppets"... I expect melodic brutality from Metallica, not melodic b******t like their last four. What set Metallica apart from the all the posers was their energy, talent, and creativity, and solid production (Fleming Rasmussen, where in god's name are you?) all combined into one monster of rage straight down your throat. Here's hoping when I pick up the disc tommorow, I can safely say "this was as good, and a thousand times better than load".
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Guest More than 1 year ago
"Load" was a lame disc that was bound to happen, you can't come out with a "Black Album" everytime... I hope St. Anger is as good as some have talked about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh I am so glad I purchaced this album. This is truely taking us back in the day. Yes, the current radio hit "St. Anger" is awesome, but the rest of the cd is truely off the hook. The album art is badass and the extra dvd really shows the work that went into this album. Robert Trujillo is a great addition to the band. Hope he stays longer than Jason. So all in all, a whole-hearted 5 stars for "St. Anger"...kudos to the Four Horsemen...they rule heavy metal, what can I say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am glad that Metallica have done some soul searching and re-located the passion and anger they displayed so vibrantly on their earlier releases. This is one of their heaviest, meatiest albums since ...And Justice for All and is a welcome return to their thrashing roots. I won't say the riffs are as huge or catchy as their music from the 80s, but it's a good step in the right direction. I might almost be tempted to forget the mediocre material they've foisted on loyal fans beginning with the Black Album. Gone are the country-esque and ballad-type tunes. Back are the madly paced drums, screaming guitars and raw energy for which Metallica are known. I had forgotten that Hetfield could play this fast. I do miss Hammet's lead work. I'd like to ask them why they've forgone any real solos on this album. Some squealing fretwork on a Les Paul would have made my day. The bonus DVD is killer. Great idea to have a live rehearsal of the entire CD ready for viewing. Cool. Bang they heads, Metallifans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, please note that I have only had the chance to listen to the entire thing 2 times thru. That being said...this is the best Bob Rock produced Metallica disc yet. Those of you who were looking for Master of Puppets '03 will be disappointed. Musically it is a very sound cd, although I've seen many complaints about the lack of production. Personally, I don't have a problem with it, but I can see what people are talking about. It does have a very heavy, very fast, very "in the garage" feel to it. I found myself getting into the music almost involuntarily. Lyricly it is still a good cd but you can tell that James' rehab had an influence in this disc. (please note that that is not a knock on James or the disc, just a fact) Gone are the political rants, Ride the Lightning, Disposable Heros, One, etc. This disc seems to be one of self-reflection. Being a long time Metallica fan (read prior to the Black album) I am pleased with this offering. Hope this helps, Cheers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ST ANGER unbelievably awesome. even if you didnt like st anger, theres 10 other songs that kick a and you get a bonus DVD with it. you gotta buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok I have heard all of metallica's stuff and i would definetly say this is the BEST album ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well this is just sad. Truly Metallica have degenerated into just another nu-metal band. I mean what happened here? A Metallica album without a solo? What gives? I could only listen to this album once. I was so bored. Just droning, boring, heavy rythmns over and over and over. Songs so long that you wonder if the cd is skipping. The songs lack dynamics. There's nothing to break up the monotony. Every time I expected a lead break I just heard the same droning rythmn figure. Did Kirk forget how to solo? Did he break his hand? I can't believe the record company, friends of the band, the producer would allow this to be released. Jason Newsted knew what he was doing. Now he's playing with a wicked Zakk Wylde and poor Rob T. is playing with Dinosaurs. As a long time fan, back to the good old days of Kill Em, Ride, Master, And Justice I was hoping for a real throw back full of blistering metal and screaming solos. But this is just sad. It's too bad Dave Mustaine is no longer with the band. I'm sure he would not have let this happen. Maybe this was a way to prevent piracy and illegal burning...put out an album no one would want for free. I would rather listen to Britney Spears singing Pavaroti's greatest hits than listen to this again. So sad. So sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
just brought the new cd of st anger.created by metallica . and gave it a listen from the' first track to the blew me out of my chair this cd is verry awesome all 11 tracks on it rock. when you listen to some of the tracks on the new metallica cd it sounds like the early days of metallica.' affter 20 years the four horse men prove that they can still make great music and entertain all fans of metallica from the' ones that were fans from the start to the new genrration of metallica fans. this cd is a must anger rules!!!!!!!