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St. Anger

MetallicaAudio CD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,181 customer reviews)


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listen  2. St. Anger 7:21Album Only
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listen  5. Invisible Kid 8:30Album Only
listen  6. My World 5:45Album Only
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Since their inception in 1981, Metallica have gone from an underground heavy-metal band to one of the most successful acts in the world, with an intensely loyal if not rabid fanbase. Their relevance is undeniable as evidenced by their ability to sell out stadiums and arenas worldwide while continuing to sell millions of albums with each release -- a feat no other band in history has sustained ... Read more in Amazon's Metallica Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00008OWZG
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Metallica's "Kid A" ? I don't know... 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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547 of 679 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No need to worry about piracy here June 5, 2003
By Fedor
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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's as bad as you think June 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before Metallica released St. Anger, there were obvious problems with the band. They had long since cut their hair and done away with their larger than life image from the 80's. They had begun moving toward a style of metal that could be more accessable to the public, and in doing so they alienated their long standing fans. Added to all this were the legal battles against Napster and digital music. There were more than a few Metallica fans who left the ranks because of the band's staunch stand against file sharing.
So what should the band release for their new album? Should they return to their roots and put out another album of blazing speed metal? Or should they push the envelope and see if they can reinvent Metallica? Of course they chose the latter, and this decision may prove to be their final undoing.
The decision to reinvent the band and its sound resulted in the album you're looking at here, St. Anger. You can't blame the band for trying, but almost everything about this album is wrong, wrong, wrong. The concept behind the album isn't a bad one. St. Anger is largely a first person exploration of James Hetfield's inner demons. He was, after all, fresh out of rehab.
So conceptually the album isn't too bad, but musically it's one of the worst things I've ever heard, and I've heard a LOT of records. The first thing you'll notice are the awful, ear-splittingly bad drums. The drums sound like Ulrich is playing on a Wal-Mart quality kit in a public bathroom. Honestly it sounds like he took his drum key, loosened the heads, and tried to get as much hum and echo as possible. So the tight, hard hitting, pulse driving drums from Metallica's early days are gone and all we have is wimpy, nasty, pathetic sounding drums.
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1.0 out of 5 stars it sucks that much
This is the only CD I ever threw out the window of my car. Yeah, it sucks that much.
Published 3 days ago by Mike...
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Published 16 days ago by RM
5.0 out of 5 stars ... listened to it again on Spotify and now I love this thing
Bought it for a second time because I listened to it again on Spotify and now I love this thing. I'd still change the snare drum if I could though.
Published 29 days ago by bviss
1.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking??!!
I honestly do not know how Metallica even managed to make an album as bad as this. It just seems as though they went out of their way to sound as awful as they possibly could. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hammerhead Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome
Published 1 month ago by Marcia R. Houck
1.0 out of 5 stars This one however is a better beer coaster than a music CD
I have been a metallica fan since the beginning, and have all their albums. This one however is a better beer coaster than a music CD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by STITZ
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent throughout except this album sucks worst than all other ...
Excellent throughout except this album sucks worst than all other albums spend money on better albums this one is not even worth borrowing or burning buyer beware capitalism gone... Read more
Published 2 months ago by eleven
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst albums ever made
Everybody got it right reviewing this album it is just flat out horrible. There is nothing redeeming about this album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kelly Groce
2.0 out of 5 stars St. Anger - The album that should not be.
Being a Metallica fan, it pains me to have to rate St. Anger only 2 stars. The sad thing is when I was listening to St. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alyssa
1.0 out of 5 stars Was anyone really surprised by this?
How anyone can be a Metallica fan after the sell out that is the "black album" I have no idea. It ended there and has only gotten worse since. Read more
Published 3 months ago by soundstudio
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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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