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Release date: 12 December 2011
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James Hetfield - vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett - lead guitar, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Robert Trujillo - bass, backing vocals

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Back in the early 1980's, a little group called Metallica were an integral part in the spawning of a movement it's safe to say a large number of metalheads around the world revere. We all know enough of their story to understand their importance, and let's face it, back in the day these guys were on top.

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Troy Killjoy - 13.12.2011 at 07:25  
  What a waste of a release.

In typical Metallica fashion.
Cynic Metalhead - 13.12.2011 at 07:43  
  What the hell they want to prove?
Troy Killjoy - 13.12.2011 at 07:45  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2011 at 07:43
What the hell they want to prove?

Nothing. That's the problem. They aren't trying to prove anything. They're just releasing shit while the Metallica name is still relevant.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 07:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2011 at 07:43

What the hell they want to prove?


All these songs were released individually to fan club members during their 30th anniversary week (last week) when they played 4 shows at the Fillmore. Each night they played a new song, and the studio versions (though in a rough mix form) were sent on to club members soon afterwards. All this is, is a collection of those songs.
JCJen7 - 13.12.2011 at 08:51  
  These songs are fine, I hadn't ehard them before, glad they released them.
Chaosweaver - 13.12.2011 at 09:00  
  Is this to distract us from how absolutely shithouse LuLu was?
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 09:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Chaosweaver on 13.12.2011 at 09:00

Is this to distract us from how absolutely shithouse LuLu was?


I doubt it, it's most likely just a huge coincidence. The 4 Fillmore shows last week featured lots of surprises, culminating in a reunion with Dave Mustaine on the final night, were he played five songs with them. I suspect these songs were arranged to be premiered at these shows before Lulu was released. So their release now, is just a timely coincidence I think.
Cynic Metalhead - 13.12.2011 at 10:40  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.12.2011 at 07:45

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2011 at 07:43
What the hell they want to prove?

while the Metallica name is still relevant.


As I've said earlier too[somewhere in MS] that Metallica loves to honor "LEGENDS"/ "PERSONAL FAVORITES". Remember, that live concert giving tribute to Sabbath[much more emphasis was on OZZY] when James was having an severe throat problem and Rob attacked by Viral fever, they did the concert. Even they step up on plastic award Grammy show and did some tributes where I think it was an unnecessary attempts, later they realized. Now, they did for Lou and the horrendous, skinny, funny, disfigured lyrical output wasn't exceptional. Fans bashing over this CD and threatening to kill Lou for sure has severely downgraded the fans image and their love for Metallica. So, to overcome all these, new EP is been out and soon the full fledged NEW ALBUM will be out soon and trust me that will gonna vanish some of the rage out of the fans.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 11:02  
Rating: 9
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2011 at 10:40
Fans bashing over this CD and threatening to kill Lou for sure has severely downgraded the fans image and their love for Metallica. So, to overcome all these, new EP is been out and soon the full fledged NEW ALBUM will be out soon and trust me that will gonna vanish some of the rage out of the fans.


As horrendous as Lulu is, threatening to kill Lou Reed just makes those fans look pathetic. As for the EP, and releasing those unreleased songs, I feel certain that was always going to happen for the 30th anniversary celebrations anyway, the fact that the anniversary stuff happened not long after Lulu was just sheer coincidence. A very lucky coincidence for Metallica sure, but still a coincidence nonetheless. All that stuff that happened for the anniversary would have been planned months in advance, too much happened for that to have been arranged in 2 or 3 weeks. So the timing is just lucky for Metallica, rather than it being a knee jerk decision to try and appease fans because of Lulu.

Besides, every album should be judged 100% on it's own merits. Lulu should have absolutely no bearing on anyone's opinion of new Metallica material. But it will, because so many people are just stupid.
Cynic Metalhead - 13.12.2011 at 11:10  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2011 at 11:02

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2011 at 10:40
Fans bashing over this CD and threatening to kill Lou for sure has severely downgraded the fans image and their love for Metallica. So, to overcome all these, new EP is been out and soon the full fledged NEW ALBUM will be out soon and trust me that will gonna vanish some of the rage out of the fans.

Lulu should have absolutely no bearing on anyone's opinion of new Metallica material. But it will, because so many people are just stupid.


Lulu was been produced only for Lou and I read it somewhere that Metallica was on tour when this Velvet ugly dude approached to them. This album wasn't even properly planned and within a weeks they put a song streaming online everywhere and you call it has "no bearing on anyone's opinion". Now, the next record which is been planned a year back[ while on Death Magnetic tour I suppose] is making no breaking news anywhere. So, that Lulu was an honor album for Lou.
Risto - 13.12.2011 at 11:42  
Rating: 5 I for one am annoyed they released them, particularly the first two that actually have some good ingredients. They just don't sound finished which is typical Metallica these days
Întunecatul - 13.12.2011 at 13:20  
Rating: 8 Instrumental wise, i like it, but man james' voice in some moments just sucks and the lyrics are somewhat 'meh'
vezzy - 13.12.2011 at 13:28  
  "Beyond Lulu" is next on the list.
Hugoj33 - 13.12.2011 at 15:01  
  Another gay album
Dinkleberg - 13.12.2011 at 15:21  
Rating: 6
Written by vezzy on 13.12.2011 at 13:28

"Beyond Lulu" is next on the list.

I'm more afraid of a "Lulu II"
Powerslavex - 13.12.2011 at 16:35  
  Apology for lulu i guess
Edmund Fogg - 13.12.2011 at 18:12  
  If these are unreleased track from Death Magnetic, Why not simply do a Special or Deluxe edition or wathever with these tracks as bonus at the same time as Death Magnetic? ... Ooh wait, Reccord label marketing 101.
Iron Nostarion - 13.12.2011 at 19:03  
Rating: 9 Come on, take this band objectively for once. Either fucking fanboys or haters. This EP IS good. Lulu was horrible, I agree 100%, and St. Anger was, and Load was, and ReLoad was. And they sold out, and they are commercial as fuck now. However, please base your shit on the music instead of the image for once. :/
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 19:14  
Rating: 9
Written by Iron Nostarion on 13.12.2011 at 19:03

Come on, take this band objectively for once. Either fucking fanboys or haters. This EP IS good. Lulu was horrible, I agree 100%, and St. Anger was, and Load was, and ReLoad was. And they sold out, and they are commercial as fuck now. However, please base your shit on the music instead of the image for once. :/


Most people find it hard to be objective about any music, full stop. But when it comes to Metallica, it seems to be an impossibility to anyone but a very small minority. Metallica are a band that for the vast majority of people, it's impossible to be in any way rational when it comes to judging their music. It's usually blind praise, or blind hate, very little inbetween. Although with Lulu, even some of their own fanboys turned on them.

Me, I judge every new release completely and totally, on it's own merits, and based on no other factors but the music of that individual release alone. With that in mind, these 4 songs range from good to great, with Just A Bullet Away (AKA "Shine") probably being the best of the bunch. That one is a really great song, and I love James Hetfield's guitar solo in it!
vezzy - 13.12.2011 at 20:00  
  Objectively speaking, I found "Just A Bullet Away" to be painfully... dull.
Troy Killjoy - 13.12.2011 at 20:14  
 
Written by Edmund Fogg on 13.12.2011 at 18:12
Record label marketing 101.

Exactly. Metallica know how to pinch every dime they can out of their audience. Probably the most shameless band I've ever come across.
Tiago Rocha - 13.12.2011 at 20:17  
 
Quote:
Written by Iron Nostarion on 13.12.2011 at 19:03

Come on, take this band objectively for once. Either fucking fanboys or haters. This EP IS good. Lulu was horrible, I agree 100%, and St. Anger was, and Load was, and ReLoad was. And they sold out, and they are commercial as fuck now. However, please base your shit on the music instead of the image for once. :/


Most people find it hard to be objective about any music, full stop. But when it comes to Metallica, it seems to be an impossibility to anyone but a very small minority. Metallica are a band that for the vast majority of people, it's impossible to be in any way rational when it comes to judging their music. It's usually blind praise, or blind hate, very little inbetween. Although with Lulu, even some of their own fanboys turned on them.

Me, I judge every new release completely and totally, on it's own merits, and based on no other factors but the music of that individual release alone. With that in mind, these 4 songs range from good to great, with Just A Bullet Away (AKA "Shine") probably being the best of the bunch. That one is a really great song, and I love James Hetfield's guitar solo in it!


Love the way you talk girl...
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 21:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.12.2011 at 20:14
Exactly. Metallica know how to pinch every dime they can out of their audience. Probably the most shameless band I've ever come across.


Actually, all the members of their fan club got the tracks for free. And in any case, I can think of countless examples of albums being released, then mere months later, the same album being released with extra tracks to try and extort cash from true fans. This is almost always, a record company tactic, and nothing to do with the band. Major labels are notorious for doing this. Metallica, especially for their size, are hardly any worse in this regard than many other bands. A band as big as them could get away with far more than they're actually doing. It's also worthy of note, that Metallica have never released a greatest hits album, which is the ultimate cheap cash grab. I can think of countless bands who have several such hits compilations, yet Metallica don't even have one. Hardly makes them beyond doubt "the most shameless band"...

And at least these tracks are being released as an EP, which is far cheaper than the songs would be, if they'd decided to re-release the album with the extra tracks on it. (as many other bands have done in the past) £2.50 is about the price of a single, and very reasonable for an EP is you ask me...
Iron Nostarion - 13.12.2011 at 21:54  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2011 at 19:14

Written by Iron Nostarion on 13.12.2011 at 19:03

Come on, take this band objectively for once. Either fucking fanboys or haters. This EP IS good. Lulu was horrible, I agree 100%, and St. Anger was, and Load was, and ReLoad was. And they sold out, and they are commercial as fuck now. However, please base your shit on the music instead of the image for once. :/


Most people find it hard to be objective about any music, full stop. But when it comes to Metallica, it seems to be an impossibility to anyone but a very small minority. Metallica are a band that for the vast majority of people, it's impossible to be in any way rational when it comes to judging their music. It's usually blind praise, or blind hate, very little inbetween. Although with Lulu, even some of their own fanboys turned on them.

Me, I judge every new release completely and totally, on it's own merits, and based on no other factors but the music of that individual release alone. With that in mind, these 4 songs range from good to great, with Just A Bullet Away (AKA "Shine") probably being the best of the bunch. That one is a really great song, and I love James Hetfield's guitar solo in it!


I'm glad there are people who still judge truthfully that way. And yes, "Just A Bullet Away" is indeed the best song on this record.
Troy Killjoy - 13.12.2011 at 21:56  
  Judging this on its own merits, overlooking the Metallica name, overlooking Lulu, overlooking their "sellout" releases in the '90s...

These songs are still boring.
vezzy - 13.12.2011 at 21:58  
 
Written by Tiago Rocha on 13.12.2011 at 20:17
Love the way you talk girl...


Way to ruin an argument with your horny pleas of self-stimulation anxiety (that's code for v_____ pleas), you twit.

I guess if you're into older women/MILFs (in case you don't understand), it could work.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 22:04  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 13.12.2011 at 21:58
Way to ruin an argument with your horny pleas of self-stimulation anxiety (that's code for v_____ pleas), you twit.

I guess if you're into older women/MILFs (in case you don't understand), it could work.


Yes, I can totally see how his remark invalidates the points I made.

Anyway, your immature, off topic statements hardly paints anything you have to say on the subject in a credible light, does it?
vezzy - 13.12.2011 at 22:07  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2011 at 22:04
Anyway, your immature, off topic statements hardly paints anything you have to say on the subject in a credible light, does it?


I can't paint worth a stotinka.

I already said that (objectively speaking: excluding past escapades and extravaganzas) that one song about bullets (it was so dull I forgot its name) failed to leave any impact. Just bland and uninspired.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 22:10  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 13.12.2011 at 22:07
I can't paint worth a stotinka.

I already said that (objectively speaking) that one song about bullets (it was so dull I forgot its name) failed to leave any impact. Just bland and uninspired.


You, objective? That would definitely be a first for you. Anyway, I find it ridiculous that you can assert that someone else's comment invalidates my points, all the while being totally immature about stating such.
vezzy - 13.12.2011 at 22:22  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2011 at 22:10
You, objective? That would definitely be a first for you. Anyway, I find it ridiculous that you can assert that someone else's comment invalidates my points, all the while being totally immature about stating such.


Objectivity is a subjective manner. Also thought experiments and logical fallacies just because I can.

When did I assert that? I didn't mean he invalidated your arguments, just that he pointlessly tagged himself on it.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 22:28  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 13.12.2011 at 22:22
Objectivity is a subjective manner. Also thought experiments and logical fallacies just because I can.

When did I assert that? I didn't mean he invalidated your arguments, just that he pointlessly tagged himself on it.


Mindlessly (and sometimes personally) bashing others merely for holding different opinions on an album to you as you have done countless times in the past, is hardly an indicator of a person who is capable of judging music in anything like an objective manner.

You said he "ruined my arguements". That to any reasonable person looks like saying he invalidated them.
vezzy - 13.12.2011 at 22:30  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2011 at 22:28
Mindlessly (and sometimes personally) bashing others merely for holding different opinions on an album to you as you have done countless times in the past, is hardly an indicator of a person who is capable of judging music in anything like an objective manner.

You said he "ruined my arguements". That to any reasonable person looks like saying they invalidated them.


Oh yeah, I think I remember that past. It was the one where you constantly kept blasting Mortician, right?

Well, of course graffiti-ing the hell out of someone's argument is gonna ruin it a bit.
Troy Killjoy - 13.12.2011 at 22:31  
  If it's too infuriating to have a quote-war with Vezzy, just ignore him. The site even gives you an ignore option.

Not that I'd ever ignore you Vezzy.

Now keep it on topic guys.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 22:38  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 13.12.2011 at 22:30
Oh yeah, I think I remember that past. It was the one where you constantly kept blasting Mortician, right?

Well, of course graffiti-ing the hell out of someone's argument is gonna ruin it a bit.


Did you ever see me blasting someone for liking Mortician? Nope. Blasting a band, and blasting a person for liking said band is hardly the same thing. So to keep using that strawman is just dumb, and you well know it. You have personally bashed people for liking a band/album, I never have.

Yet you regularly post off topic nonsense, and troll threads with totally irrelevant posts, yet you're criticising someone for "graffit-ing" a post?
vezzy - 13.12.2011 at 22:43  
  Okay fine, I give up.



I admit defeat. Please do not torture me.

(especially with this EP, seriously)
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 22:47  
Rating: 9 Hopefully now, normal service can be resumed...
Milena - 13.12.2011 at 23:56  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2011 at 21:34

Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.12.2011 at 20:14
Exactly. Metallica know how to pinch every dime they can out of their audience. Probably the most shameless band I've ever come across.

A band as big as them could get away with far more than they're actually doing. It's also worthy of note, that Metallica have never released a greatest hits album, which is the ultimate cheap cash grab. I can think of countless bands who have several such hits compilations, yet Metallica don't even have one. Hardly makes them beyond doubt "the most shameless band"...

And at least these tracks are being released as an EP, which is far cheaper than the songs would be, if they'd decided to re-release the album with the extra tracks on it. (as many other bands have done in the past) £2.50 is about the price of a single, and very reasonable for an EP is you ask me...

I'm with Angelic Storm on this one. They have enough cash not to worry about such things, and when you have Metallica on your label, you'd be an idiot not to milk it.

Now, I'm not sure if I'll hear this, but I remember enjoying some DM tracks, so why the hell not. Metallica is has about the same level of prominence in my world as tank tops have in my closet... so little that I can't overdo them.
JD - 14.12.2011 at 01:18  
Rating: 8 This is very impressive tbh

EDIT:
These four tracks are better than the whole Megadeth new album IMO.
JohnDoe - 14.12.2011 at 02:31  
  This is surprisingly good to be honest.

It makes me wonder: was this released to calm down the negative Lulu storm?
Xim - 14.12.2011 at 02:59  
Rating: 9 Yeah, people need to stop hatin', this is a great release!
Soviet - 14.12.2011 at 03:54  
Rating: 6 Good release.. how so? The only good thing about this EP's is that its better than lulu. That's about it.

The songs are just too boring, there's nothing special about any of em'.
Butters49 - 14.12.2011 at 05:25  
  The last song is the only good one, imo.
Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 05:36  
 
Written by Xim on 14.12.2011 at 02:59
Yeah, people need to stop hatin', this is a great release!

You say people need to stop hatin', I say Metallica need to stop sucking.
Angelic Storm - 14.12.2011 at 07:24  
Rating: 9
Written by Xim on 14.12.2011 at 02:59

Yeah, people need to stop hatin', this is a great release!


The day that people stop hating Metallica is the day that Satan will be ice skating into work. Metallica are in a position now where they could release something of the exact style and quality of Ride The Lightning or Kill Em All, and some people would still hate it just because of the name on the cover.

Metallica are a band that are loved and hated by many simply for being Metallica. The material itself is actually of little significance to people like that.
Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 07:26  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2011 at 07:24
...Satan will be ice skating into work.

Are you saying it's unlikely Satan will turn to eco-friendly efforts in order to reduce waste in Hell?

I have a feeling he likes to keep his realm neat and tidy.
Angelic Storm - 14.12.2011 at 07:29  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.12.2011 at 07:26
Are you saying it's unlikely Satan will turn to eco-friendly efforts in order to reduce waste in Hell?

I have a feeling he likes to keep his realm neat and tidy.


Satan ice skating to work = Hell frozen over.
Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 07:32  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2011 at 07:29
Satan ice skating to work = Hell frozen over.

Still a better chance of that happening before Metallica ever release anything worthwhile ever again.
Angelic Storm - 14.12.2011 at 07:40  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.12.2011 at 07:32
Still a better chance of that happening before Metallica ever release anything worthwhile ever again.


In your opinion. In my opinion, Lulu is the only thing they've ever released that I would class as terrible as a whole. They have released other flawed albums, but that's the only one that is utterly awful. At least in my humble opinion.
Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 07:59  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2011 at 07:40
In your opinion.

Everything I say about my taste in music is in my opinion obviously. I just don't feel the need to constantly type "imo" at the end of everything.

It's not a fact that Metallica is a shitty band, since you can't narrow an artistic opinion into a matter of right or wrong. It's my opinion they've sucked since 1989.
Angelic Storm - 14.12.2011 at 08:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.12.2011 at 07:59

Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2011 at 07:40
In your opinion.

Everything I say about my taste in music is in my opinion obviously. I just don't feel the need to constantly type "imo" at the end of everything.

It's not a fact that Metallica is a shitty band, since you can't narrow an artistic opinion into a matter of right or wrong. It's my opinion they've sucked since 1989.


I realise that, I just pointed that out so it would seem like a measured debate, rather than a stupid arguement. Also, because many people do state their opinions as fact. I highlighted that for the benefit of some who might be reading this, not for mine. I'm well aware you don't view your artistic opinion as fact. Me saying every album Metallica have done except Lulu has merit (if not all of the same standard and quality), is also, not a fact. It is merely my opinion.

And you have every right to think that, I just happen to disagree, that's all.

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