St. Anger

St. Anger

by MetallicaMetallica


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2003
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0602498653708
catalogNumber: 9865370
Rank: 7569


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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