Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
Reviews

Metallica Some Kind of Monster EP

By Malcolm Todd, Contributor
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 @ 9:26 PM


(Elektra)

- advertisement -
Not having made quite enough money yet, Metallica is now looking to rake it in at the box office. And the peasants wept.

Some Kind of Monster is an EP, which used to stand for Extended Play -- back in the days of vinyl, EPs were sort of like singles, (only with three or four songs instead of two) hence the "extended." Unfortunately in the days of the compact disc, EP has come to stand for Enhanced Price. Vinyl EPs were often printed on 10-inch discs, midway between the single's 7-inch and the LP's 12-inch size. With CD technology, physical size doesn't matter anymore, and so an EP is just an excuse to jack a few more dollars out of the fans when you don't have enough material for a full album.

- advertisement -
Compounding Metallica's complicity in this shameless flood of merchandising is the material on the disc. Two versions of the title track sandwich a half-dozen live cuts of songs from the days when Metallica was something more potent than a vehicle for inflating Lars Ulrich's bank balance.

The tracks were recorded in Paris in 2003, and include "The Four Horsemen," "Motorbreath" and "Hit The Lights," from 1983's Kill 'Em All, and the title track from 1984's Ride The Lightning and "Damage Inc." and Leper Messiah" from 1986's Master of Puppets.

That Metallica no longer makes music of this complexity and power, and has in fact distanced themselves from their earlier work, apparently makes no difference, nor does the fact that the band could as easily have released an entire live album from the Paris shows and given the fans a considerably larger bang for their buck. In fact, it's the new song, "Some Kind Of Monster," that illustrates most pointedly what's gone wrong. It's basically a rap metal track, and it shows that the band is so far gone it's trying to cash in on a trend that's already dead.

Indeed, where it was once a snarling and fearsome beast, Metallica has become "Some Kind of Monster"... a money monster -- instead of a musical monster.

More's the pity.

*


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, PRONG And OBITUARY In Portland, OR With Photos!
GEMINI SYNDROME 3rd Degree - The Raising
DORO/WARLOCK Triumph And Agony Live
BETWEEN WORLDS Between Worlds
ALCATRAZZ V
BEHEMOTH Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) Reissue
ALICE COOPER, ACE FREHLEY In Nashville, TN With Photos!
CARNIFEX Graveside Confessions
BLOOD RED THRONE Imperial Congregation
GUS G. Quantum Leap
BILLY IDOL The Roadside EP
AVATAR, MAGIC SWORD In Houston, TX With Photos!
APRIL WINE, MONKEYJUNK At The Ottawa Bluesfest
MINISTRY Moral Hygiene
CRYPTA Echoes Of The Soul
SKILLET In Houston, TX With Photos!
Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock Book
IRON MAIDEN Senjutsu
GRINDER BLUES El Dos
GEORGE LYNCH Seamless Review #2
IN THIS MOMENT, BLACK VEIL BRIDES In Houston, TX With Photos!
WARLANDO Festival 2021 Photo Gallery
KISS In Ridgefield, WA With Photos!
LAURENNE/LOUHIMO The Reckoning
TREMONTI Marching In Time
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 3 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 2 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 1 Photo Gallery
CARCASS Torn Arteries
SETH La Morsure de Christ
GEORGE LYNCH Seamless





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2021 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News