15 May 2023 Metallica – 72 Seasons (Album Review)
Metallica, the legends of the heavy metal world, offers its fans a historical journey with its brand new studio album. 72 Seasons.
It was released on April 14, 2023 through their own label, Blackened Recordings, making it the band’s first studio release since 2016. Wired… For Self-Destruct. With that in mind, some may be wondering… what exactly is it? 72 Seasons Does it have to stand? Well, it’s a reference to the members – James Hetfield (vocals, rhythm guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar), Robert Trujillo (bass) – the first eighteen years of life and what shaped them; hence the picture of the album shows a burnt cradle. It’s a challenging concept on so many levels… because why aren’t we all compelling when we look back at our formative years to understand who we are? Anyway, let’s go back a bit to think about Metallica… a band that doesn’t actually need much introduction. In their more than forty years together, over their eleven studio albums, they’ve toured a ton and been crowned one of the greatest Heavy Metal bands ever… everyone has encountered them in some way or another.
Now, it’s true that some old-fashioned fans may have jumped off the train around Metallica’s 2003 polarizing debut. Saint Fury. But the group did win some people back with the 2008s. magnetic deathHe continued to do so, receiving positive feedback. Wired… For Self-Destruct. which leads us 72 Seasons It consists of twelve songs produced in just over seventy-seven minutes. So how does it perform against more modern Metallica albums like the three just mentioned? To be honest, it’s pretty good. In fact, it sounds pretty good production-wise (thanks to Greg Fidelman) and has a ton of thoughtful lyrical content that you can really delve into.
You have the catchy title track “Shadows Follow” as well as the strong, tight rhythmic arrangements of “Screaming Suicide.” On the other hand, the heavy bass throbbing of “Sleepwalk My Life Away” opens. “You must burn!” followed by a steady, thick guitar rhythm and Trujillo’s backing vocals throughout the track, adding some calmness to the overall mood of the album.
It seems like it’s almost halfway through the album, but then you hear the full throttle of “Lux Æterna” leading to the energetic “Crown of Barbed Wire”. Meanwhile, “Chasing Light” draws you in with more rhythmic and never-ending riffs, “If Darkness Had a Son” maintains its intensity (matched by a compelling guitar solo), and “Too Far Gone?” it sticks to your head thanks to a hooked vocal melody in the choir. And if you think the rest of this journey will go full throttle, think again, because “Room of Mirrors” sees the band shift gears slightly at each turn before “Inamorata” closes the album with heavy but more. soft tone
All in all, 72 Seasons It is stylistically and vocally modeled after some of Metallica’s classic materials such as the 1986’s. puppet master or the 1988s …and justice for all. We don’t put it on the same level as those records, let’s just say it suits them very well. In one way or another, 72 Seasons It contains the power, intensity, and energy that many Metallica fans love. Metal that is rhythmic, deep in personal lyrical content, but arguably light in variety, still quite entertaining… and so is Cryptic Rock 72 Seasons 4.5 out of 5 stars.