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