The Case For St. Anger

It’s A Give and Take

Let me start by saying that Metallica has been one of my favorite bands since first hearing Master of Puppets on tape when I was a kid. They are one of the bands that got me into playing music (and starting about 15 shitty metal bands) and helped pave the way for my discovery of a ton of different rock/metal bands that I would not have otherwise found. Not to mention my love for a good black T-shirt. So no matter how much grief they catch, either justified or not, I’m usually the one defending them.

Now I am never going to say that St. Anger is a good album. Although I feel that if another band had put it out instead of Metallica then it would not have caught so much hate. But still …’s not THAT bad. It does however have a very dated feel to it.

If you can ignore the garbage can sounding snare drum and god-awful lyrics ( I mean shitty lyrics and metal go hand in hand…..Black Sabbath rhymed “MASSES” with “MASSES” for God’s sake) then it’s decent. Especially if you ripped the audio from the DVD that came with the album. It’s much rougher and there are mistakes, but it is infinitely better than the actual studio version. So because of that,  I’m only going to use the DVD version of the songs for this article.

I’m also not going to mention the documentary that was made surrounding this album and the band at the time,”Some Kind of Monster“. Not because I think it’s bad (I actually love it) but because I don’t want to draw attention away from the album itself.

So here are a few of what I think are the best songs on the album:

“Some Kind Of Monster”

Hetfield playing a 7 string guitar is about the most early 2000’s thing that I’ve seen in a long time. But that doesn’t stop the song from being a riff-laden rock fest! Tons of changes and sludgy heaviness makes this my favorite song on the album.

“Shoot Me Again”

Probably my second favorite song on the album. I always dug the chorus on this song and thought that it was an interesting melody to put over the underlining riff. Just do your best to ignore the lyrics.

“All Within My Hands”

As great of a bass player as Robert Trujillo is, I’ve always felt that Jason Newsted was better suited for Metallica and I wish that they could’ve worked things out. When it comes to stage presence and back up vocals, neither Trujillo or Hammet can come close to Jason’s. And this song is clear evidence of that. Now that I’m done ragging on it…I’ll say that I always liked the changes and riffs in this one. Especially the verse and huge chorus riffs. So rad!!!

“My World”

It’s been at least ten years since I’ve heard this song and I forgot how cool it is. This may be bumped up to my second favorite song on St. Anger. Where as a lot of the songs on this album feel long to me (probably due to lack of solos) this one keeps things chugging right along.

Like I said before if you’re looking for a great Metallica album go pick up Kill’em All or Puppets. Hell even the last two “Death Magnetic” and “Hardwired To Self-Destruct” have some cool tunes on them. But if you’re looking for something super riff heavy, then give St. Anger another listen.

Rodney Sheehan plays rad riffs for the Super Action Rock band, Mass Driver! For more information, videos, and and music, check out their page here! 

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