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  • Summary: The 10th full-length studio release for the California metal band was produced by Greg Fidelman.
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Moth into Flame
Blacked out Pop queen, amphetamine The screams crashed into silence Tapped out Doused in the gasoline The high times going timeless Decadence Death... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Kerrang!
    Nov 2, 2016
    100
    This is Metallica galvanised, refreshed, refocused and rediscovering themselves. Best thing they've done since The Black album? Yep. [5 Nov 2016, p.48]
  2. Nov 18, 2016
    80
    If the riffs don't always sink in deeply--and if the entire production feels slightly monochromatic--what impresses here is the thought and musicality within the compositions and the performances, elements that have always been at the band's core and shine brightly on Hardwired... To Self-Destruct.
  3. Nov 21, 2016
    80
    There’s plenty of returning to old ground, but this is not a derivative record, and neither is it a return to form. It finds Metallica rediscovering what makes them tick.
  4. Nov 17, 2016
    70
    There’s no attempt to recapture their classic sound, no blatant radio single, and not even an attempt at performing more than what they’re comfortable with. If you’ve followed Metallica beyond the black album, you’ll find a very good, honest, release in Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.
  5. Jan 26, 2017
    60
    Hardwired is a slightly less gripping version of the same, as is Moth Into Flame. There’s some sweet doom in the form of Dream No More, an obvious Sabbath homage, and a nod to their late mentor Lemmy with Murder One. In between, we’re treated to a lot of mid-tempo plodding.
  6. Nov 17, 2016
    60
    Hardwired is two CDs, 12 tracks and 80 minutes of in-your-face, punch-to-the-guts, dense, harsh, shouty rage with absolutely no let-up. Frankly, if it was half as long it would be twice as effective.
  7. Nov 28, 2016
    30
    By track five Hardwired has already showed off all its tricks, and I find myself quite tempted to show my discontent by going to listen to Slayer instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 81
  2. Negative: 10 out of 81
  1. Nov 18, 2016
    10
    The album is very divergent ,It is like ,they created an album which represents Metallica's 35 years of career in 13 songs(including Lords ofThe album is very divergent ,It is like ,they created an album which represents Metallica's 35 years of career in 13 songs(including Lords of Summer). Thrash metal, heavy metal, and hard rock all combines together in this album and this happened for the first time for Metallica. Anyone can pick up his favorite songs from it. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2016
    10
    Love them or hate them, Metallica is a force to be reckoned with in the music arena. Being the one most recognised names in Hard Rock andLove them or hate them, Metallica is a force to be reckoned with in the music arena. Being the one most recognised names in Hard Rock and Metal, they do what they want to do whenever they feel like it. The band has dabbled in different genres of metal and hard rock music, and this album - their first full studio album in eight years, is a celebration of their tenure in the industry. There is something for everyone on this album. Some tracks such as Now That We're Dead and Here Comes Revenge is reminiscent of their work on the Black album, where Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Rise! would feel right at home on Death Magnetic. If you like heavy, then Tallica gives you heavy baby - with tracks like Dream No More being similar in feel to classics such as The Thing That Should Not Be and Sad But True. Tracks such as Lords of Summer and Spit Out the Bone harken back to the band's trash-metal origins. The songs Confusion and Am I Savage feel like a blend of the Load and Ride the Lightning styles... In my opinion, this sits right next to (or slightly above) the Metallica, aka Black Album which had been my personal favourite. In closing, the production quality on this album is superb. There are no Death Magnetic - type sound clipping issues here and no trace of the "garage band" quality recordings that were present on St. Anger.
    In short, if you like Metallica, then waste no time and go buy this album NOW!
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  3. Dec 14, 2016
    10
    Let's get this out the way first off: I'm a HUGE Metallica fan. I've loved their music since a very young age after hearing Master Of PuppetsLet's get this out the way first off: I'm a HUGE Metallica fan. I've loved their music since a very young age after hearing Master Of Puppets and have followed their every release with bated breath.

    I am not a thrash purist who hated on the Black Album then Load eras because bands should be free to express themselves in any way they like without being labelled as sellouts etc. The Black Album and subsequent Load/Reload eras are important because they reflected where Metallica as a band, and the musicians themselves were at - at those times.

    Right, on to Hardwired To Self Destruct.

    I LOVE this album. There, I said it.

    From the trickle releases of Hardwired, Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Rise!, my excitement for the album grew by the minute until I got my hands on the deluxe edition. A culmination of their entire career, Hardwired To Self Destruct is a brilliant album with heavy riffs, melody, harmonies and Hetfield's trademark snarl.

    Hardwired starts the album off with a nod to their debut album - Kill Em All. Thrashy, fast, short and full of spite - Hardwired was the last song to be written for the album and kicks off the energy by turning up the intensity to 11. Next up is Atlas Rise which is my favourite song on the whole album. The verses are punchy - the chorus insanely catchy and the breakdown and dual harmonising section hair-raising. Now That We're Dead is a slower chugging rocker with a catchy chorus and great guitar work; Moth Into Flame - which has possibly the finest chorus Metallica have written in years - is another powerhouse track which is then followed by Cthulhu-based Dream No More. Dark, foreboding and powerful - much like Cthulhu himself - Dream No More is a monster of a track. Finishing off the first disc is Halo On Fire which has some really enticing tempo changes and a great chorus.

    Confusion starts the second disc off and is one of the strongest tracks on the whole album. Kinda reminds me of Harvester Of Sorrow if it was written in 2016 - chugging riffs, soaring chorus and Hetfield's growls throughout. ManUnkind starts with a Cliff Burton-tribute bass section by Robert Trujillo which is superb and the song itself is pretty damn catchy. Here Comes Revenge is another powerhouse track followed by Am I Savage which is probably my least favourite on the album but still a good track either way. Murder One is next with some great riffs and James snarling away in tribute to Lemmie from Motorhead before we get to the magnus opus of the album - Spit Out The Bone. Wow - this track. It blew me away the first handful of times I listened to it and still makes me go kinda nuts when I listen. Thrashy, powerful, angry and fast with some awesome vocals, lyrics and some of the best guitar playing by Hetfield and Hammett in years.

    All in all a fantastic album by the kings of metal.
    I shall continue to ignore the naysayers and enjoy the album like I always do.

    Metallica forever!
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  4. Nov 18, 2016
    8
    It's good but not great. It doesn't even approach the greatness of their first four albums so if you are expecting it to then you need toIt's good but not great. It doesn't even approach the greatness of their first four albums so if you are expecting it to then you need to lower your expectations. The production is way, way better than it was on Death Magnetic. The songs are also more straight forward and rock harder. Thankfully, James is back to singing the way he once did and not trying too hard to be a traditional singer here. So anyway, I think 7 of the songs are really good, a couple are okay, and about three should just not have been included. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2016
    8
    This is most certainly the band's best album since 1996 (I liked Load) with a mixture of both Heavy and Thrash Metal along with some smallThis is most certainly the band's best album since 1996 (I liked Load) with a mixture of both Heavy and Thrash Metal along with some small elements of Hard Rock and Doom Metal. The production on the album is much better then it was on Death Magnetic with Rob's Bass finally being turned up making the sound much heavier. Spit Out The Bone is definitely the band's Thrashiest song since 1988 and is the best along with Moth Into Flame and Halo On Fire in my opinion. Only downside is that there is perhaps 2-3 fillers that the album could've done without. Definitely a must buy if you are a fan of the band! Expand
  6. Nov 20, 2016
    7
    Lots of great hits from "Hardwired" up to "ManUNkind". Unfurtunately, the other 4 tracks were boring and failed to remain in my memory. MixedLots of great hits from "Hardwired" up to "ManUNkind". Unfurtunately, the other 4 tracks were boring and failed to remain in my memory. Mixed to positive. Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2017
    0
    complete pile of donkey buttocks! ignore the glowing reviews. there's nothing sadder than listening to this train wreck. there is no thrashcomplete pile of donkey buttocks! ignore the glowing reviews. there's nothing sadder than listening to this train wreck. there is no thrash metal here. its weak and limp wristed as that annoying turd of drummer that's running this band. Just listen to Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus etc newer albums. Hetfield's lyrics are still braindamaged as ever, Hammett is basically non-existent on this album. Newstead was right in leaving this used to be a band. Now its just Blackened inc, taking a page out of Gene SImmons manual. The remaining members are more into licensing and slapping their brand on crap like coffee makers, clothing lines and gawd knows what else. Expand

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