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This CD package includes a special live DVD. The performance, filmed and recorded - as Metallica likes to say - in 'shitty 5.1 sound, balls out - features the band playing all tracks in sequence from St. Anger. The idea to create such a unique offer wa

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Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load and Re-Load, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984's Ride the Lightning as a template for St. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape. --Jaan Uhelszki

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listen  2. St. Anger 7:21Album Only
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listen  4. Dirty Window 5:24Album Only
listen  5. Invisible Kid 8:30Album Only
listen  6. My World 5:45Album Only
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listen  9. The Unnamed Feeling 7:07Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00008OWZG
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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72 of 85 people found the following review helpful By S. Marth on June 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
No, this album isn't an avante-garde Autechre-inspired IDM fest, but it's probably the closest Metallica will ever come.
When my friend asked me today how St. Anger is, my first response was "F----in' weird...but really great." Then I thought about it, and it hit me--St. Anger is, with the exception of Radiohead's Kid A from a couple years ago, probably the strangest, most experimental and unexpected album to come from a multi-million selling act in the last decade (or more).
I had read many reviews and responses to the album before I heard it, and they all said basically the same thing: "Heavy, fast, complex, dirty, grimy, a return to the trashing Metallica of old." That's only partially true. It's heavy, it's complex, it's DEFINITELY dirty and grimy.
But what I never read from anyone's review was the pure WEIRDNESS of it all. You have the country-inflected vocal harmonies shoved in the middle of the goliath "Frantic", the half-dead lead guitar sound at the beginning of "Some Kind Of Monster," the almost Moog sounding octaving guitar on the chorus (?) of "Sweet Amber," the double-time drumming and half-time singing on the verses (?) of "All Within My Hands," the simply indescribable vocal stylings in the bridge (?) of "The Unnamed Feeling" -- the list goes on. This is Metallica at their most experimental.
Most shocking of everything on the disc, however, is the recording quality (or lack thereof). Who would've thought that the band who gave us the pristine sounds of Load and the Black Album could give us this album that could easily be described as "Lo fi"? It took me a song or two to get used to, but after sitting through the whole disc, it all made sense.
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554 of 688 people found the following review helpful By Fedor on June 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After having the evening to review my thoughts, I really just can't believe this album. I literally just don't even understand how this happened. I distinctly remember reading an interview or two regarding the release of this, and how it was supposed to be like 'Justice' and how they were going back to longer, heavier songs. I'll shamefully admit that a small part of me that was anticipating this album, hoping for an ointment to the infected wounds Metallica has left me with over the last few years.
I literally can't get past the first song, each time expecting it to sound better than it did the last time I heard it.
It sounds like this whole album was recorded in two hours in someone's basement. I wasn't the biggest fan of the black album, and I didn't even bother with Load, but at least the production was good.
I'm literally stunned at how noone at any point in the recording process spoke up to mention that the music on St. Anger sounds like a train wreck.
The songs are terrible and make no sense, the lyrics are redundant and pointless, the playing is sloppy and occasionally off time with itself, Hetfield's voice sounds AWFUL, and most importantly, I feel like something is wrong with my speakers when I listen to it, because the production and mixing are all noisy and messed up.
I'm disappointed that the lowest rating Amazon has is 1 Star, because the assumption with one star is that there is something of any value on this album at all, which there is not. There really should be a "zero star" rating, or even "negative star" ratings for albums like this, which rise above and beyond simply being poorly written, but are also poorly executed as well.
Metallica doesn't have to worry about this album being pirated at all. This album [stinks].
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By tacomaboy on October 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree with all the other reviewers who gave this album a one star review (although most probably wouldn't have given it any stars), so I don't have anything to add except hopefully contribute to bringing amazon's cumulative rating down from a 3 star as much as possible.

THIS ALBUM SUCKS
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157 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Daniel hall on November 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
St Anger is the 'Jar Jar Binks' of metal albums.
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81 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Kevin McDonald on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Hmm, where to begin? Ok, how about this? The new Metallica CD, "St. Anger", is nothing short of awful. Yeah, that works. If Metallica weren't finished before, they most certainly are now. Having listened to the whole thing, I can say that there is not a single moment of the CD that doesn't make me want to do horrible evil things to it. Metallica are trying desperately to be heavy and scary, and somehow trying to start some kind of revolution. Guess what? Metal has been doing just fine for the last 10 years without Metallica, and it will continue to do so for many years to come. Why do I want to hear Lars trying to do blast beats, when I can hear dozens of competent drummers do it successfully? For that matter, why do I want to listen to this in the first place? Answer: I don't.
Oh, and as if the music and lyrics weren't bad enough, the production is even worse. Even "Justice" had better production than this (and production still didn't stop it from being their best album). This sounds like it was recorded in the men's room at Burger King.
Yep, this is just bad. I won't say I'm disappointed, because I really didn't expect much in the first place. I have no use for Metallica anymore. They may have influenced loads of other metal bands, but most of those metal bands have surpassed them in quality by far, and I think I'll just stick to those.
Oh, and this does not sound like Slipknot. Slipknot may not be the best band ever, but they're way better than this.
Go buy something else, like a pizza. Mmmm, pizza.
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For People Who Think St Anger Is Underrated
me!
i actually love this album and i think st. anger is better than the black album and death magnetic
Nov 11, 2013 by MechanicalAnimal1 |  See all 3 posts
Number of Reviews
It's ironic, really. The band's worst album is actually the one with the most reviews. But if you mean any other Metallica CD with more reviews, here on Amazon, the answer is no. But try Pink Floyd's "The Wall" for a lot of reviews. :)
Nov 28, 2008 by Sea Sorceress |  See all 3 posts
Awesome, Metallica is thy name.
METALLICA are the biggest baddest rock animal on the planet. with that they can do anything they want musically. because of that they will always have more detractors than most other bands have fans.
Dec 13, 2009 by MRT |  See all 4 posts
Metallica: What happened? Can they ever come back?
You mean Risk That was the awful release of Megadeth. Not Cryptic Writings.
Oct 1, 2008 by Danny (metal guy) |  See all 14 posts
Will Metallica do the right thing and hang it up?
My friend,I too was a loyal fan who felt the sublime letdown. Heres a few slabs that will make you feel better: the new Slayer, anything by Megadeth,the haunted, Kreator,or even Flotsam and Jetsam. Metallica's dead. Even Rick Rubin cant revive that bloated beast. Oh,get the new Iron Maiden,or the... Read More
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