Metallica is the biggest band in the history of heavy metal music, they pioneered the hard rocking thrash metal style, the music they’ve created is outstanding and their fanbase is tremendous as a result of everything they’ve been able to accomplish in their over thirty year career. (mtv) Even with all the success the band has had over the years they’ve still got their detractors, at one point people would slam the band because they were seen as “too evil” or as with all bands in their genre they were seen as being satanic. (topix) These days the hatred for Metallica tends to come from either hipsters who hate on anything incredibly successful or from people who claim to have been fans of the band, their biggest gripe typically being that the band has sold out and as a result their music has gotten worse of the years. (localmc) At the current rate one could assume that Metallica is on pace to become the band to have sold out more times than any other band in music history, having the complaints start with just their second album, the incorporation of what would become one of their most popular songs on an album was enough to turn a segment of their fan base against the band. (rollingstone)
One of the spots in the thirty year career of Metallica that seems to have brought about the most hatred from old school, die hard fans of the band is their 2003 release St. Anger, an album that dared to be different from everything that the band had released since the beginning of their run. (blabbermouth) I count myself as one of the few who actually truly enjoyed St. Anger, and still enjoy it to this date, while it’s different than what they had created in the past the album actually wasn’t too bad and from all reviews I’ve ever read the album sounds phenomenal when played live. (metalinjection) Before the album was released it was said the band was going for a much more raw sound, like four guys playing in a garage, and I actually loved it for that fact. (mtv) From the pulsing speed of Frantic to the beautiful melodic sounds of The Unnamed Feeling, I am not ashamed to admit that I am a fan of what many like to claim is the worst metal album of all time. (opinz) It’s a complete departure from the norm for Metallica, but it’s still a work of art and if you can separate your mind enough from the constraints of in the box thinking I’m sure you’ll learn to enjoy it as well.