Ranking the Discography: Metallica Part X: Hardwired…to Self-Destruct (2016)

Hardwired…to Self-Destruct marked the launch of Metallica’s own record label, Blackened Recordings. It’s their only doublealbum to date, unless you count Lulu. The album released 5 singles, and was their 6th consecutive album to debut at #1, and is certified Platinum.


James Hetfield: vocals, guitar

Kirk Hammett: guitar

Robert Trujillo: bass

Lars Ulrich: drums

The Tracks:

  1. “Hardwired”: What a way to start! Lars’ drumming is explosive!
  2. “Atlas, Rise!”: The single release of this song came with a mask because it was released around Halloween. The guitars are fierce.
  3. “Now That We’re Dead”: I’m not a fan of this song, but the rhythm is cool.
  4. “Moth Into Flame: There’s an actual solo on this! The bass line is good.
  5. “Dream No More”: Not bad, but a little repetitive.
  6. “Halo On Fire”: The song is a little too long, but I like it. On to disc 2!
  7. “Confusion”: Not a good start for the second disc. I’m beginning to think the album is a bit overloaded.
  8. “ManUNkind”: We’re back on the good side. Some solid drumming on this one.
  9. “Here Comes Revenge”: Another one of my favorite songs. Just some incredible thrashing.
  10. “Am I Savage?”: Another solid banger! The guitars are pretty cool.
  11. “Murder One”: This feels like it would’ve fit in on one of their older albums. It’s great!
  12. “Spit Out the Bone”: This is my favorite single on the album, and an excellent closer.

Final Verdict: My friends hyped this album a lot, so I was intrigued. While I think the album could have worked better as a single album, it’s lived up to the hype.

Grade: B


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