1.) What do you think of the new Metallica song, “Hardwired”? My initial thoughts:

2.) “We’re so fucked, shit out of luck” – this is a line from a  Tenacious D song.

3.) Lars. Come on man, either spend the time to practice or let somebody edit the drums. Not like this. THE DRUMS ARE THE LOUDEST THING IN THE MIX – get it right.

4.) The guitars sound GREAT tonewise, and the riffs are meaty and pretty fun.

5.) Possibly the worst and most uninspired Metallica solo of all time. He spent as much time playing it as he did coming up with it.

6.) The song as a composition is excellent – it’s catchy as all hell. One listen and this earworm is not leaving my brain.

7.) I think James Hetfield’s voice is the only thing about Metallica that has improved with age. Dude sounds fucking MINT.

8.) Maybe Hardwired – but not HARD LIMITED! Holy shit – dynamics! LOOK AT THESE DYNAMICS BRO

I realize it’s not the MOST dynamic mix, but it’s not brickwalled, so that’s a VAST improvement.

What do you think? I can’t think of a more hyped album coming out this year, so they have a lot to live up to.

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