Seth Surmises – Master of Puppets

Metallica- Master of Puppets

Preconceptions: My most vivid impression of Metallica is Dan Forcelli shouting down Warrant fans in 3rd period Study Hall, followed by the 1-2 punch of an inelegant Napster lawsuit and a therapy documentary, which required Lars & Co to bring back Dave Mustaine to be whinier than they were. While I never embraced Dan’s call for “death to false metal”, I have come around to see their side of the Napster thing.

After Listening: As impressed as I am at their guitar skills, it’s nowhere as impressed as THEY are.

Favorite Tracks: Orion- All the cha-chunka-crunch and musical complexity without the dopey lyrics from the back of a D&D character sheet.
Least Favorite: Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Oh, misunderstood teen… when will the Man let you free of the crushing suburban oppression?

Overall: Springing Venus-like from Zeus’ greasy 14 year-old forehead, Metallica songs are the musical equivalent of Tom Clancy novels: Longer than they need to be and not as good now as when you were in Junior High. I get the market for angst metal. It fills the same teen emotional need as Twilight does for girls but it’s not for life after graduation.

Rating: 2.5

Extra Credit: Coheed & Cambria- In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

Seth (40 Posts)

Seth (in a nutshell) is an aging punk rocker and five year resident of Cubistan, taking the office job after many years in music & fashion retail. He is a lifelong New England resident, with the exception of a year spent in Orlando Florida, the armpit of the universe. He is a skeptical cynic with a hairtrigger bullshit detector. Seth lives in Brass City, Connecticut with his wife, Vicki; his cat, Norwegian Black Metal; and his wife’s cat, who’s name he forgets.

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