Metallica Premier “Atlas, Rise!”

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Metallica premiered a new track off of their upcoming album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct today on Youtube.

“Atlas, Rise!” shows the oh so typical situation of a veteran band bereft of any more ideas of their own directly imitating their influences. “Atlas, Rise!” features bog standard speed metal and Motorhead-style riffs set around the type of generic chugs used in such exemplary styles as nu-metal and symphonic power metal so Hetfield can say the lyrics. The song eventually gets (not progresses) into NWOBHM style guitar harmonies and a disappointing solo that really isn’t the climax of the song as “Atlas, Rises!” has no rising action; Kirk Hammett just starts suddenly soloing like a mugging from the back at an ATM in broad daylight to remind fans that yes he laid down some guitar tracks for this.

The hodgepodge, incongruous nature of the various parts of “Atlas, Rise!” reminds me of Diamond HeadLightning to the Nations if Diamond Head wrote disparate songs that didn’t make any melodic sense as a whole on their debut. Metallica should probably just write the sped up Thin Lizzy songs they clearly want to and stop trying to appeal to fans of Kill ’em All, “Fuel”, and Death Magnetic at the same time. This lower common denominator composition is clearly for the paycheck.

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17 thoughts on “Metallica Premier “Atlas, Rise!””

  1. smearing sperm says:

    HEY I’M SUCH AB EDGY REBEL THAT I THINK THIS MIDDLING EFFORT BY PEOPLE WHO WERE CREATING METAL AS I KNOW IT WHEN I WASN’T EVEN BORN YET IS TOTAL GARBAGE HAHAHAHA

    1. An Animal Interested in Sex, Shoppin, and Hobbys [sic]g says:

      You done forgot what website you’re on, my nigga. Middling effort = not good enough. No one claimed to be rebellious for stating this.

    2. strawberry milk stout black IPAs with grapefruit flavored hops says:

      HEY I’M AN ENORMOUS FAGGOT WHO TRIES TO OUT-EDGE THE EDGY WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY IMPLYING THAT NU-METALLICA IS GOOD

      LISTEN TO ME I’M AN OBNOXIOUS MORON

      1. We really, finally need to add a “trade dick pics” button to messages on this site.

        1. hot buttered pumpkin says:

          DO IT BEFORE ME

  2. GGALLIN1776 says:

    All they really need is some eyeliner & some stupid combover haircuts to go with those skinny jeans so they can morph into emotallica.

  3. Rainer Weikusat says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNJDOt6p0sE?

    With respect to the guy who picked this out because that’s not so much an imitation as an interpretation: Both guitars really stay in their style with a different colouring.

    This is really much better than the last one as there’s – despite the awkward video – more music and less posturing in it. People who don’t mind a ‘postmodern’ combination of hardrock-influenced heavy metal with Metallica-sounding riffs and Hetfield’s ‘melodic hardcore’ vocal style should check this out. It’s obviously still »post-Metallica« summertime rock but who’d want to begrudge other people their pleasures for as long as they contend themselves with being happy with them?

  4. canadaspaceman says:

    fuckin stop it already, This is pretty cool stuff.
    even if Metallica are going through the motions, they are finally delivering what a lot of gawdam fans want.
    They learned their mistake from St.Anger. (the live dvd rehearsal with St Anger shows the songs were good. .. too bad THAT was not released as the final version.)

    I heard Kill Em All on vinyl; thought “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was a gay tune and made me get into Slayer even more, M.O.P. was full of Sabbath slow shit , which is what we didn’t want from them, and made Megadeth more popular at the time.

    1. If For Whom The Bell Tolls is gay then I want to fuck men in the mouth and ass

    2. hot buttered pumpkin says:

      doing what the gawdam fans want = lameass garbage

  5. I Am the Black Mages says:

    Leave them alone! Leave Britney alone!

  6. xXTCXx says:

    Felt like this could of used few riffs from Mustaine’s recycling bin.

  7. Can you survive the blitzkrieg says:

    The guitar tones are fucking dogshit, there’s millions of dollars in that room and it sounds like Dan Electro’s budget line priced Grilled Cheese pedal. The song, too little, too late, too slow.

    1. Lars’ triggers are awful too.

  8. Count Ringworm says:

    The riff at 3:02 (the only interesting part of the song) sure sounds an awful lot like Iron Maiden’s ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name” (2:32)

  9. Nathan Metric says:

    Not as outright vulgar as the last song, but there is nothing here that strikes a killing blow. Ever. Not as angry as anything on the Black album, not as dreadful as anything on Ride the Lightning and not as evil as anything on Kill Em All. Also, terrible guitar tone. How can they listen to any of their 80’s stuff and think that sound is in any way comparable?

    1. Internatio reloaded says:

      I’m pretty sure some 80’s shoestring-budget-for-real punk did have that kind of guitar sound back then.

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