Back in 2003 when Metallica’s St. Anger was released, I read what other reviewers said about this disc. I can still remember one comment as if it were yesterday “If Metallica continues to release music this bad, they won’t have to worry about people downloading their songs on Napster”. That was enough for me to skip this Metallica CD, until now.
Having a completist mentality, I like to have all of the discographies of the bands that I follow. I decided that if I were to pick up St. Anger, it would have to be really cheap, or someone would have to give it to me.
The other day, I found this CD in my local Half Price Books store for a whopping $2.00. It couldn’t possibly be THAT bad could it? Yes it CAN! After listening to this disc a couple of times, I would have to say that this is the worst $2.00 I have ever spent.
St. Anger has so many issues, I don’t know where to begin. The songs sound like demo tracks. I don’t know if it was too much for Bob Rock to produce and play bass on one project, but in my opinion the production is terrible. The production quality on this CD, sounds as if it was recorded in a garage. If they were trying to do Garage Days Revisited again, they accomplished this task.
The guitar solos are non-existent. Did Kirk Hammett have one arm tied behind his back while this was recorded?
Lars Ulrich sounds like he is playing the drums on a set of garbage cans. In an interview of Lars Ulrich, I read that he turned off his snare drum while recording, St. Anger. For what it is worth, the drum sound on St. Anger is an epic fail. It makes the CD practically unlistenable!
The only song that I found that had mile replay value was “Sweet Amber”, and even that is reaching.
Even if you are a diehard Metallica fan, you are going have a hard time liking this CD.
I classify this disc as the worst Metallica CD, and probably the worst release of 2003. Avoid this one at all costs!
- St. Anger
- Some Kind Of Monster
- Dirty Window
- Invisible Kid
- My World
- Shoot Me Again
- Sweet Amber
- Unnamed Feeling
- All Within My Hands
James Hetfield – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett – lead guitar
Lars Ulrich – drums, percussion
Robert Trujillo – bass (Robert did not play on St. Anger)