Review: Metallica "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct" the Second Part of the Album
How Does the Second Part of the Album Hardwired Begin?
In the first part of the review for the album “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct”, readers were introduced to the first six songs of the album. This next part covers songs 7 through 12. Confusion is about a soldier that wakes up ready to face the day but he cannot get the memory of the war out of his mind. This is one of the things that happens when a soldier has PTSD. He gets these flashbacks that he is not able to get out of his mind. The song is nowhere near as great as the song called One. This is not to say that it is a bad song. A confused person suffering for the effects of warfare may hope that the effects of it go away but this is where proper treatment for these soldiers is necessary.
A Few Interesting Facts About Hardwired...to Self-Destruct
Interestingly enough, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct is the first Metallica album to not have any contributions from Kirk Hammett since he joined Metallica in 1983 prior to the recording of the band’s first album. He had lost his phone at Copenhagen’s airport which had about 250 ideas for riffs! Hammett as a result did not back up the data and this affected his creative input abilities and James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich took care of the material for the songs. Robert Trujillo said that the introduction to the song “ManUnkind” was written as a tribute to Cliff Burton.
The Song "ManUnkind"
ManUNkind is about the chaos that ensued because of Adam’s sin. And if a person deviates from the social norms and kills an innocent person, they not only become a criminal but a sinner as well. The Bible says that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden due to their sin of eating the fruit that they were not supposed to eat. This is the unfortunate reality that we humans have to face and there’s nothing we can do.
The beginning part of this song has a mix of bass and melodic guitar in it. Are we supposed to have faith and trust in mankind as much as humans have sinned? Why do some people desire more things because of greed? I think that some people are never satisfied with whatever they have. The middle section of the song shows a more modern twist for Metallica.
One Odd Quality About Metallica
But I think it is odd for these guys to wait so long to release albums. Earlier in their career, Metallica would release a new studio album every two or three years. Spit Out the Bone is the last song in this album and just like Death Magnetic ending with the fast song My Apocalypse, Hardwired ends with another fast song. Even in their 50’s, these guys are not afraid to show that they can play fast and technical and make it work out well.
Final Thoughts About Hardwired...to Self-Destruct
Kirk Hammett in a recent interview revealed that the band has this tendency to over obligate. That’s one word I’ve never heard. These guys are in their 50’s now and you would think that they would try to prioritize their obligations so that they could release new material sooner. Hammett himself referred to the situation as a precedent that they wouldn’t want to set. Hardwired is a weaker album than Death Magnetic but it is still a good album for Metallica. The strongest songs are mostly in the first half. These are Hardwired, Now That We’re Dead, Moth Into Flame, Spit Out the Bone, and Atlas Rise!
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