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[#] Tue Feb 02 2021 12:10:49 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Pt: 2

Metallica knew it too. Lars was being mocked constantly for his position on Napster when Metallica had become the metal behemoth they were despite no early airplay and small indy label releases *because* of early bootleg tapes. 

Metallica had built their reputation among an audience of poor, disenfranchised white males  by recognizing their culture and cultural values. The integrity of being in a hopeless situation and having little but your honesty and transparency and valuing that above all else was a reoccurring theme for Metallica. Contempt and disdain for the shallow, hypocritical behaviors of "regular, acceptable" society and culture - for the pursuit of material things and success as defined by other people, for economic and social competition - appealing to these ideas was a huge part of how Metallica had generated their original fanbase. 

St. Anger, despite selling well - fell two only double platinum on release - and received the most brutal critical reviews of any Metallica album so far. 

I remember hearing tracks from it, and initially thinking, "wait, this is at least a return to their original sound..." and then, nope. Something went wrong - I don't know what it was. Maybe the critics who were paid to figure it out got it right: 

PopMatters reporter Michael Christopher said "St. Anger dispenses with the recent spate of radio friendly pleasantries in favor of pedal to the floor thrash, staggered and extended song structures, quick changes and a muddled production that tries to harken back to the Kill 'Em All days. All attempts fail miserably."[44]

Again, Lar's comes forward to ignore criticisms: 

The album's snare drum sound was widely criticized.[16] Ulrich dismissed the criticism as "closed-minded",[16] and in July 2020 he affirmed that "I stand behind it 100% because, at that moment, that was the truth."[45] In 2017, Hetfield said, "There are things I would like to change on some of the records, but it gives them so much character that you can’t change them ... St. Anger could use a little less tin snare drum, but those things are what make those records part of our history."[46]

At "that moment," Lars - Metallica was churning out shit and selling it as music. You should release your next 6 albums for free digital distribution - to pay your fans back for the 30 years of selling them crap and living a rock-star lifestyle for it. You OWE them that, you bald Danish Hobbit Phil Collins wannabe. 

 But wherever Metallica was headed with St. Anger - When I heard the first tracks from Death Magnetic - I realized they had found what they were looking for. The problem is, by 2008, I didn't care anymore. I'd honestly stopped caring at least 5 years earlier - maybe longer. 

The tracks have the feel... I've been listening to them. They have the energy. 

But I wonder... at my age - if it is Metallica feeling nostalgia for their early career, their early sound, the early time in their evolution of band when they were still authentic and not a polished, packaged, slick and rehearsed corporate money making machine - when they weren't a *franchise*... 

Or if it is just Metallica, Inc. exploiting a formula that they know is the only thing that might revitalize their flagging careers - as surely as an irrelevant and fading Aerosmith leveraged Run-DMC to give their band another 25 years or relevance in Rock before they were reduced to playing free shows at County Fairs. 

With Metallica, I'm inclined to believe it is the latter. 

On learning that the album was released early in France and subsequently leaked onto Peer to Peer networks, Lars responded, with uncharacteristic humility:  

"We're ten days from release. I mean, from here, we're golden. If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. Happy days. Trust me. Ten days out and it hasn't fallen off the truck yet? Everybody's happy. It's 2008 and it's part of how it is these days, so it's fine. We're happy."

Later telling USA Today, 

"By 2008 standards, that's a victory. If you'd told me six months ago that our record wouldn't leak until 10 days out, I would have signed up for that. We made a great record, and people seem to be getting off on it way more than anyone expected."

This was followed up by the announcement on the Metallica website that the song, "My Apocalypse" was in need of a "mood setting" introduction when played live. This intro was made available as a free download so that fans could, "learn it to prepare to sing it at future live shows." 

Finally, a 90 minute broadcast between Metallica and Dave Grohl ended up going on for two hours. 

All of this sounds less like organic revival of a flagging band and more like a carefully orchestrated marketing campaign - scripted exhibition posing as actual competitive pro-Sports. LeBron returning to Cleveland and winning a ring for the Cavs. 

Its fake. Metallica is a Corporate franchise. They're Metallica, Inc., now - and like any corporation, they'll do whatever they can to stay dominant and competitive in their market, including faking returning to the roots of who they were when they were genuine musicians. A team of marketing experts studied Metallica's history, noted the same things I've described here, and the board of their label got together with Metallica and told them that this is what they were going to do - and they had no choice. 

Oh, also, Lars, we feel it would be good for your image if you appeared in Get Him To The Greek as a washed out rock-star living a life of excess, sleeping with the super-model ex-wives of other rock stars. It will be gentle, but we're going to mock your life of indulgence and excess. Research shows being self-deprecating on SNL skits really helped Justin Timberlake turn his image around - and yours needs a serious makeover with Fans. You're disliked.  

Still, I'd rather have this modern Disney Theme Park version of Metallica than the shit that came between. I'm not going to pay for it. Lars Ulrich doesn't need another DIME of my money, or anyone else's money - for the rest of his natural life, even if he doesn't change whatever lifestyle he is living one bit. Neither does James. At this point, any profits Metallica gets will be benefiting their grandson's grandsons. It may be fake - but at least you can pretend that none of the shit came in between, and that Metallica remained a great band through their entire career, while listening to the tracks from Death Magnetic. 

I'm going to give the music a chance - but the band is like Disney's Star Wars - it will never be the real thing - just a pale imitation that some corporation bought the rights to. 



[#] Mon Feb 15 2021 08:51:48 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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On the ride in today, first Sting, "King of Pain" came on my shuffle. 

Then Paul Simon, "Slip Slidin' Away"

That is a dark ride into work on a Monday morning. 


[#] Wed Feb 17 2021 09:05:07 MST from nonservator

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LarsJames's refusal to properly remaster Jason's bass on And Justice For All was the last straw. Fuck 'em and feed 'em fish heads.

[#] Wed Feb 17 2021 10:14:51 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I really get the sense that James is just one of those "non-confrontational dumb guys," who smiles and goes along with *whatever*. He just wants us to all get along. 

Lars is a foul little goblin. Basically Metallica's Wormtongue. 

Wed Feb 17 2021 09:05:07 MST from nonservator

LarsJames's refusal to properly remaster Jason's bass on And Justice For All was the last straw. Fuck 'em and feed 'em fish heads.


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