St. Anger

St. Anger

by Metallica


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It's been said that you can't go home again, that it's impossible to truly get back to your roots once you've evolved to another state -- but this two-decade-old thrash juggernaut does its best to prove that adage false on this purposefully abrasive, sometimes downright ugly collection. St. Anger isn't exactly a return to the sound of, say Ride the Lightning or Kill 'Em All, but it is a pretty close approximation of the emotional tone of Metallica's early albums. On St. Anger's title track -- which, like many of the cuts here, edges close to the eight-minute mark -- James Hetfield revels in apoplectic rage, while he and Kirk Hammett tussle with riffs that stop, start, and stutter rather than bulldoze straight ahead. The doomy "Dirty Window" lurches ahead in a similar manner, cleaving Sabbath-esque minor chords with some straight-outta-the-sepulchre vocals from Hetfield. The disc is swathed in something of an odd mix, with snare drum cutting to the bone of many songs and an unaccustomed layer of grit atop the guitars -- "Frantic" and the slide-laden "Sweet Amber" scrape with a gravelly tone that's seldom cropped up before in the notoriously clean confines of Metallica-land. There's a neo-industrial vibe to "Purify," which ratchets up the tension with a passel of false endings and an alternately funereal and thrashing machine-age rhythm bed. Some of the experimenting doesn't pan out -- notably "Some Kind of Monster," which creeps a little too far into Korn's field -- but overall, St. Anger packs a lot of meat, and plenty of motion, into its 70-odd minutes of primal screaming.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2003
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0602498653708
catalogNumber: 9865370
Rank: 17697


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Metallica   Primary Artist
Kirk Hammett   Group Member
Lars Ulrich   Group Member
Robert Trujillo   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Metallica   Producer
Kirk Hammett   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer,Contributor
Colin Mitchell   Camera Operator
Jean Pellerin   Camera Operator
Bob Rock   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
Pushead   Cover Illustration
Dana Marshall   Producer
Wayne Isham   Director
Paul Owen   Monitors
Ryan Smith   Camera Operator
Brad Klausen   Production Design
Dave Hatchet   Camera Operator
Mike Hatchet   Camera Operator
Connie Isham   Script Supervisor
Logan Lebo   Gaffer
Nick Pectol   Camera Operator

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St. Anger 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, we all know this album is WAY different, but frankly i think it still rocks. It has some holes to fill in with the guitar work and lyrics, but once you hear it a couple times, it grows on you a lot. Basically Metallica was and is the greatest band period. No other 80s metal band has managed to leave the same kind of mark that Metallica has. Great stuff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this album just as much as master of puppets i gotta say my favorite songs on this album are dirty window and of course st anger some kind of monster and the unamed feeling i can not wait till some of these songs on my bass guitar metallica you guys rock keep makin music and do not give up i will always beileve in you metallica
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this album is just phenomenal. I can't stop listening to the CD or watching the Rehearsal DVD that comes with it. The music is back to the heaviness and crunch of Kill 'Em All, yet still has some of the good songwriting that was present on Metallica's self-titled release. What's missing, sadly, is the presence of a vicious Kirk Hammet solo. Yeah, there are good RIFFS, but what about a chaotic solo or two to complement them? No worries, however, as this is still a great CD. Buy it. Now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saint Anger is what rock music needs...a gruelling tour de force that the Bay Area icons so desperately needed...Although Metallica albums have sold well, recent releases have tired the old guard, resulting in many labeling them as "sell-outs"--and perhaps rightfully so. However, Saint Anger finds Metallica back in the driver's seat with a sonic intensity that matches Master of Puppets, only with better production. Of course, that is all due to Bob Rock, who also played bass on Saint Anger, and is a master of the soundboard. Robert Trujillo of Suicidal Tendencies (and later, Ozzy) has replaced bassist Jason Newsted, although most of the album's bass tracks were recorded before he arrived. After Newsted's departure, the Napster snafu, and lead singer/guitarist James Hetfield's addiction treatment, the band was at a crossroad, and Saint Anger is the result of the aformentioned tension. Perhaps Kill Em All is faster in tempo, but Saint Anger is Metallica's most savage album yet, lyrically and sonically. Stage 3 has officially begun...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is gonna rock period. This has been my favorite band since I started listening to them at 14, 10 years ago. My parent's tried to ban it. My friends mom broke his CD's and priceless live in Mexico CD video and then told us both that the band were satan worshippers. After reading some stupid review on them in some Seventh Day Adventist magazine, she predicted they would be dead from drinking in a decade and forgoton. I never forgot that. All I have to say is decade is up and you lose. Heres their brand new CD as an anniversary present to your tunnel vision remark. Metallica, forever together, and rockin always. This band is the strongest of our generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metallica, they are legends in the rock and metal genre! They've been true survivors for alot of years. But they really dropped the ball with this one! I've loved all their stuff from the Kill Em All and Ride the Lightning days, up to the Black album and And Justice For All era, and even into the Load and Re-load era. They have changed their sound some in years, but for the most part always stuck to their roots, which is why I always liked them. They knew metal and did it real well! But now, well, I just don't know! Their sound lost it's drive with this new album. Oh sure, it is actually a harder driving sound than say Load or Re-load was. But it just resembles too many of the other "nu-metal", or whatever you want to call it, bands out there. Way too much like a System of a Down or Slipknot ( which I personally don't like, but if you do, well, hey that's fine. To each his own I guess! ) I just don't like the direction they took. They tried to create a sound mimick the so called " in thing " They need to listen to Master of Puppets or Ride The Lightning or And Justice For All over and over and try to remember when they rocked. If the guys from the band are reading this, well, no offense meant fellas. You're true metal icons! But you need to ditch this new sound and get back to what Metallica did best for alot of years, rock hard!
Guest More than 1 year ago
St. Anger is definitely one of Metallica's best albums to date. I love all of their music, but lyrically, St. Anger is heads above the rest. It's hard, yet more emotional than their earlier efforts. I think that St. Anger has a lot to offer to both fans of Master of Puppets and Load. METALLICA STILL ROCKS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The days of Metallica as the "smart man's metal band" have passed. You may all cherish the memories of the days of Puppets and Justice, but know that those days are forever gone; Metallica is dead. James knows that, Kirk and Lars do, too. St. Anger is only an attack at your wallet; don't waste your time. I wish I could say that Bob Rock killed the greatest metal band of all part, he did. The real tragedy is the total lack of resistance that band put up when confronted with the opportunity to become hella rich. RIP Metallica. We remember you well; you were taken from us too soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was such a disaster, it left me speechless. I burned it from a freind. I just couldn't believe what had happened to the once great Metallica. For me, it was downhill since Burton died, because Lars then took over and made them a commercial band. This album has to be the worse piece of trash ever. I'm sad to say it, but I'd rather listen to Bon Jovi or Quiet Riot over this "metal"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metallica is faster and heavier again. What more is needed? Songs like frantic, some kind of monster, all within my hands and my world. Metallica shows they can make something new and be heavy as well. Guitar solos don't matter. The only weaker song is dirty window. If Metallica made another Master of Puppets, it would be great, but dated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just seen the video of Metallica's new album St Anger. Well, they regained some of their original anger and energy but combined with melodic passages. They kind of go System of a Down. I have to hear the rest of the album to have a definite opinion. Hope they are not doing what they are doing just because it is fashionable, profitable or because bands like System of a Down or Slipnokt are very successful mixing their fast/crushing sound with melody. Anyway, St Anger track seems to be better than anything else they have done after 1991 at least. And hope they have not included any silly and useless ballads. Lets thrash the world! nelio
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is very heavy, part of it due to the different type of guitar James is using (baritone). However, it is repetitive and in the entire album, not once does Kirk Hammet have a solo. Why have him in the band? Overall...good rock, bad Metallica.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this album was pretty good. The first five tracks are strong and then it seems to get weaker. Lyrically the album is what you would expect. Musically...I liked them better when they were called Slayer. Those of you who know Slayer will understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd was asweme i mean it was great 22 tracks ofevery song was good Kirk Hammett, and all the other guys were great awseme METALICA RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metallica's 8th studio album (not counting the garage albums or the live recordings) is a definite return to a more undefined genre of hard rock. It also drives, quite powerfully, in a direction unequal to anything they've recorded in past decades. There's no doubt that die-hard fans will be pleased by the heavy, unpolished and at times absolutely unrelenting sound. For more musically inclined fans, "St. Anger" may be a disappointment. The return to a more “masterofpuppetsesque” sound is unfortunately lacking the beautifully harmonious duel guitar solos and musical complexity that makes "Puppets" Metallica's greatest achievement. It’s hard to believe, but it’s actually difficult to find anything on "St. Anger" that resembles a guitar solo. There were times during songs such as "Invisible Kid" or "Shoot Me Again" that I could have sworn I was listening to a 1980’s Metallica...waiting for that guitar solo that only Kirk Hammett could produce...only to be disappointed. James Hetfield’s vocals have never sounded better; topping anything found on "Load" or "Garage Inc." Newcomer bassist Rob Trujillo proves himself Metallica-worthy on every song. This album certainly brings any true Metallica fan a longing for a sound virtually silent since the late 80’s. Though it could go without the occasional rapping, and is in desperate need of the occasional mouth-dropping guitar solo, this album could easily be a stepping stone for a band on the verge of something truly perfect. Maybe if they can harness that sound we last heard on "Merciful Fate" off "Garage Inc.", Metallica will truly be the undisputed kings of their genre once least I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Holy hell in a hand bag does this album rock! Metallica is back and they mean business. Yes it does sound different then their other albums but ask yourself this....what album sounded exactly like the previous one!? None! Lars Ulrich has brought in the big guns with double bass in about every song, and you can literally hear Jaymz and Kirk pour their hearts out in their monster riffs that flys like fire through their finger tips. Oh and minus one bass player? Bob Rock stepped up and took care of the bass beautifully. This album shows Metallica going back to their roots, back to the "Kill em all" and "Justice" days when they were heavier than ever. You can't go wrong with the songs such as St. Anger, Frantic, and Invisible Kid. They are all SO AWESOME!! If you are a Metallica fan then this is the album for you, happy listening Metallica friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well it was ok but i was really diapointed with the "no solos" rule. the songs i like on it are frantic,sweet amber, and some kind of monster. it also sounded a little too corny .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's get one thing straight: Load and Reload are neither epic nor good. The only good thing about St Anger is that it doesn't sound like those horrid albums. St. Anger came with the promise of long, involved songs. And it does...sort of. The riffs are heavy, pretty fast, and loud, but there is no progression (like on Justice). Every song couldve ended after three minutes, but Metallica opted to repeat the chorus and verse over and over. I know they're gettin old, but are they senile already? This album is step in the right direction, but i hope a new album arrives soon with some variety inside each song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your looking for some real metal, not your now typical nu-metal stuff, this is it. Metallica fuses with it's past roots and with its Load roots to create a new monster. It's not nu-metal, thank god, but this cd will grab you by the collar and won't let go until "All Within My Hands" end. This album's tone is raw, it makes you relate to its lyrics. One could even say it's raw to be pure. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From what I've heard from this CD, its not good compared to their pre-1991 stuff. Metallica is a sell-out now more than ever. They have gone from an awesome thrash metal band to a band that is desperately trying to be popular in 2003. You can see the rap-metal influence throughout the album. The fact that there are no solos is enough evidence. However, if you like the rock that is played on the radio and MTV, you might like this. But for fans of the origial Metallica, don't bother, its over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a huge disappointment. The drums sound absolutely awful. I have been a huge Metallica fan for many years and its truely the first and hopefully the last bad album that the band puts out. Sorry Lars, your drums used to sound awesome but not on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ill be there listening to Master of Puppets too..this album just lacks..lacks everything Metallica has worked for..I believe tha Jason Newsted did do well with this band..Not as well as Cliff of course..but this new dude? I mean come on..he sucks along with this new album..They had better improve on the next album..or its "Curtains" for the biggest Heavy Metal band ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's be honest everybody. St. Anger sucks. Everybody is so glad that Metallica went back to a fast sound, that their willing to overlook how bad the lyrics are to these songs. I mean what the hell are they singing about? I'll be honest, I like Load and Reload. But this album isn't as good as any of the albums they previously had done. There not singing about anything in particular, the lyrics are lame, the guitars sound very plane like they just threw something together. If this is the comeback album then their band is dead. I'm sure they'll make money and all that, but this album just stinks. I won't buy it afterall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
just brought the new cd of st anger.created by metallica . and gave it a listen from the' first track to the blew me out of my chair this cd is verry awesome all 11 tracks on it rock. when you listen to some of the tracks on the new metallica cd it sounds like the early days of metallica.' affter 20 years the four horse men prove that they can still make great music and entertain all fans of metallica from the' ones that were fans from the start to the new genrration of metallica fans. this cd is a must anger rules!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Load" was a lame disc that was bound to happen, you can't come out with a "Black Album" everytime... I hope St. Anger is as good as some have talked about.