Predicting what the next Metallica album may sound like. Again. Let’s hope the record’s finally out in 2022. Previous predictions are below.
Everyone in Metallica is allowed to bring musical ideas to Metallica. Whether those ideas pass their infamous “tone police” – that’s another matter. Today we try to find the best riffs written by every Metallica member, former and actual.
What are the bands that share most genes with Metallica? We grade them all in several tiers of kinship and build Metallica family tree (drawings below). Try guess the second closest band (because the closest one is obvious).
Death Magnetic was the long-awaited return to the roots of Metallica. Today we go through all the songs, discussing what’s good (and not so good) about them. Click for show notes with videos.
Several months to a couple years – this is, on average, how long Metallica writes a song. From retrieving a 5-star idea from their infamous Riff Bank, to crossing out the last checkbox on the recording progress wall table.
But there are outliers on both ends. There are songs born literally in days, such as Escape and Hardwired. And there’s one that took almost a decade to complete: All Nightmare Long. It perfectly shows how Metallica’s transitioned from St Anger to Death Magnetic.
It’s been tried before, but now it’s my turn! Let’s make Load/Reload one tight album, and as much old-school Metallica as possible. Actually, we could even make it better than The Black album! Spoiler: it has do with speed, swearings, and an instrumental track. Notes below.
The Black Album 30th anniversary reissue’s here! And of all the good stuff Metallica gave us, Black Album riff tapes and demos are most precious. Today we’re going through ’em all \m/
Metallica changes their sound with each new album. And each has songs that sound close to the previous record, as well as ones that foreshadow future stuff. Today we detect em all \m/