As much as I anticipate their upcoming work with uber producer Rick Rubin, just the downward decline in the quality of Alternica's work has left me doubtful. I wish that they'd just retire with at least some dignity and let their back catalog sell itself.
I don't know of how many metal acts out there simply just came and went at the right time without leaving a desperate legacy of "returning back to their roots". Yet here's Alternica still coming to grips with its numerous missteps since the 90s.
Anyhow, I'd probably borrow their new album first or download some sample tracks. If I like what I hear then I'll probably buy it used (I'll never buy it new since my recent mistake in buying St. Anger). Above else, Metallica died a long time ago. In its place sits a rotting corpse known as Alternica which doesn't realize that it itself needs to lie down and take a nice long dirt nap.
I'll give Hetfield this: He spoke the truth when he said that he is the king of denial. Based on that truth, his condemned kingdom of Alternica needs to be demolished.