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 or post traumatic stress disorder for short. 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.
Are There Any Weaknesses In the Album Hardwired...To Self Destruct?
Hardwired... To Self Destruct really doesn't have any ballad type songs which may be the only “weakness” if we ever want to consider that a weakness but for those of you that want to hear the band's return to their roots while providing an entertaining modern metal album then you came to the right place.
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. But before we get to that, let's also just say that this album was released on Kirk Hammett's 54th birthday. There's another interesting fact for all of us Metallica fans.
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.
"Here Comes Revenge"
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.
Kirk Hammett Gives His Perspective
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. In the early stages of analyzing this album, 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! I get the sense that James Hetfield's enthusiasm is still there and he let's us know in the first song. It also shows in the results. Much of the band's hardcore fan base will prefer the band's older material but there is something to be said about this album as well. It still has the speed of the older albums as well as having softer parts.
Final Thoughts About Hardwired...to Self-Destruct Part 2
"Confusion" starts with a slow, but catchy riff part. Even though lyrically this song is similar to the song One, comparing it to that song would be outrageous because this song is nowhere near as good as that one. It shows the turmoil and struggles that Metallica has been through as a band. Listening to Hardwired as an album makes me wonder if this is a better album than Death Magnetic. It is really close because of a very strong first six songs in this album. The leads that we heard from Kirk Hammett are there in this album as well. Here Comes Revenge is kind of similar in the riffing style to the song Broken, Beat, and Scarred. The feeling and anger is still there in the songs and it is observable to me that these guys are indeed having fun with this album and why shouldn't they? Listening to the song Here Comes Revenge, this is another piece added to the greatness of the Metallica discography and who knows, some of you may enjoy this album more than Death Magnetic. Hardwired to Self-Destruct could have easily been released as one album but the band decided to release it as a double album and the result is a well-written modern metal album that works out in Metallica's favor. Is this album weaker than Death Magnetic? In 2020, it is very hard to tell with any certainty.
Favorite Song on the Second Disc of Hardwired...to Self-Destruct
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