Bring me the heads of James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich!

Growing up in the suburbs of Central Florida, I was no stranger to anger. I was no less a victim to hormones than any other adolescent. I was no less an enemy of the establishment than other youth who tried to think for themselves.

So when I was introduced to the counter culture at an early age, I knew I had found my release.

Baggy JNCO’s, Dyed hair, spiked bracelets, Doc Martens, violent tendencies… All that shit came with certain types of music that allowed me to feel represented. I began collecting what cassettes I could; Dead Kennedy’s, Black Flag, The Misfits, Biohazard, Rage Against the Machine, the works…

And then there was Metallica.

An entity at the core of the whole mess of my angst and opposition to the world. Their sardonic, intelligent, political and satyrical music resonated with me, as it had with so many other pissed off brats. It was such a testament to the energy and springtime of youth.

And as the years have passed, and as time has changed, as I have grown and learned, healed and calmed down from that pimple-faced asshole, I have but one question;

WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO YOU, METALLICA?

Here at HorrorHomework, we tend to focus on the aesthetics of horror. But this particular subject deviates from that, as it is an ugly side to American horror. A once wondrous thing has become something very… Awful.

Let us first examine early Metallica; a band from California that toured extensively across the U.S., honing its skills to the tune of rock greats like Merciful Death, The Misfits, Queen, Black Sabbath and others. Like their contemporaries (more or less) Slayer, Motorhead and others, Metallica was not only a band that represented masses of pissed off, mostly white kids. They not only represented what the rest of society wanted to hate, but they were good musicians.

So, as I grow older, and the testosterone has somewhat subsided, I tend to consider my roots. And when I see what has become of the band, I hold some kind of contempt for them.

Yes, we can go with the whole ‘but what happened to you also happened to them, they grew up Merkin.’ To you sir, I say, fuck that. A band can evolve, or grow up, or even mellow out, without asking a dedicated audience to buy in to this:

I’ve heard it all before:

– ‘Let them make whatever music they want to. They DESERVE it!’
– ‘Artists do this all the time. They are no different.’
– ‘They got too old to make music like they used to.’
– ‘Blah, blah, let’s get passive about it, blah fucking BLAH!’

I don’t see Slayer or Megadeth selling out like that. I don’t hear them growing old like that.

My one request, Metallica. My one request:

Please, do one more good album. Change it up if you must, but don’t forget your roots. You can go Prog. You can go Fantastical. Artsy. But don’t go the direction of vanity.

Otherwise, thanks for a few great albums and notsomuch for the rest. I am proud of part of your legacy.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Post navigation

Comments

  1. Well, I strongly disagree. Metallica has grown as a band, keeping their style and improving their music.
    Having Bob Rock producing their multi-platinum album Metallica marked an after and before in their history. I’ve been following them since I was only 9 years old and although I felt “betrayed” when they cut off their hairs and became just different, I must recognize they have been loyal enough to themselves to keep doing what they like and smart enough to keep selling more records than those that kept their “hair band” styles.
    If someone is calling him/herself a “fan” and is not able to see through James Hetfield heart, don’t follow their evolution as a band and don’t try to understand and learn why do they do this or that… go fuck yourself.
    You are not a fan, you are only a cry baby carrying a heavy anchor that makes it impossible for you to leave those muddy old smelly waters you love and open your heart to new feelings and styles.

  2. Great Content…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  3. Websites we think you should visit…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  4. Great Content…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  5. Your article…

    has proven useful to me.It’s very informative and you are obviously very knowledgeable in this area.You have opened my eyes to varying views on this topic with interesting and solid content….

  6. Im happy that…

    I found this website, I couldnt get any information on this subject prior to. I also manage a website and if you want to ever serious in doing some visitor writing for me if possible feel free to let me know, im always look for people to check out my b…

  7. Hello,…

    It is my great pleasure to visit your website and to enjoy your excellent post here. I like that very much. I can feel that you paid much attention for those articles, as all of them make sense and are very useful. Thanks so much for sharing. I will be…

  8. Hello readers,…

    Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up…

  9. Hello,blogger!…

    Finally I find useful information,I surfing thru net but I didn’t find what I have looking for until now.Thanks for sharing this useful info….

  10. I am commenting…

    to let you know what a exceptional experience my wife’s child enjoyed viewing your webblog. She picked up many details, with the inclusion of what it is like to have an amazing giving mindset to make a myriad of people effortlessly have an understandin…

  11. Websites we think you should visit…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  12. Title…

    […]although web-sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we feel they may be truly really worth a go by, so possess a look[…]…

  13. Title…

    […]just beneath, are quite a few entirely not associated web-sites to ours, however, they are certainly really worth going over[…]…

  14. Title…

    […]that is the end of this report. Here you will uncover some sites that we assume you’ll enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over[…]…

  15. Title…

    […]we like to honor several other net web sites around the web, even though they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages worth checking out[…]…

  16. Title…

    […]although internet sites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we really feel they are in fact worth a go by, so have a look[…]…

  17. Title…

    […]check beneath, are some absolutely unrelated websites to ours, nevertheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[…]…

  18. Title…

    […]check below, are some entirely unrelated web sites to ours, on the other hand, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[…]…

  19. Title…

    […]very couple of web-sites that take place to become comprehensive below, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well really worth checking out[…]…

  20. Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nonetheless genuinely worth taking a appear, whoa did one particular find out about Mid East has got additional problerms too […]…

  21. Websites we think you should visit…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  22. Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nonetheless genuinely worth taking a appear, whoa did one particular study about Mid East has got far more problerms too […]…

  23. Title…

    […]very handful of web sites that take place to be in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly nicely really worth checking out[…]…

  24. When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove…

    I like it when folks come together and share opinions. Great website, stick with it!…

  25. Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine several unrelated information, nevertheless actually really worth taking a search, whoa did one particular master about Mid East has got a lot more problerms as well […]…

  26. Title…

    […]we like to honor quite a few other online websites around the internet, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages worth checking out[…]…

  27. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I’ll send this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!…

    My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different web page and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to looking at your web page repeatedly….

  28. You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website….

    After looking into a handful of the blog articles on your site, I really like your technique of blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future. Please visit my website too and let me know your opinio…

  29. Title…

    […]please take a look at the web sites we follow, including this one, because it represents our picks through the web[…]…

  30. Great Content…

    we like to honor many other web pages on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  31. I like reading through an article that will make people think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!…

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this web site….

  32. Title…

    […]we prefer to honor quite a few other net websites around the internet, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Underneath are some webpages really worth checking out[…]…

  33. Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated information, nevertheless definitely really worth taking a look, whoa did a single find out about Mid East has got a lot more problerms at the same time […]…

  34. Title…

    […]check beneath, are some completely unrelated internet websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]…

  35. Title…

    […]please take a look at the web pages we adhere to, which includes this a single, because it represents our picks from the web[…]…

  36. Title…

    […]check beneath, are some totally unrelated sites to ours, nonetheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[…]…

  37. Title…

    […]that would be the finish of this write-up. Here you’ll find some sites that we feel you will value, just click the links over[…]…

  38. Great Content…

    we like to honor many other internet pages on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  39. Pinnected…

    Pinnected is a social photo sharing website that allows users to create unlimited theme-based picture collections known as pin boards…

  40. Websites we think you should visit…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  41. Websites we think you should visit…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  42. Great Content…

    we like to honor many different internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  43. Play the game…

    I in basic terms had to thank you vastly a great deal on one occasion further. I’m not confident what I would have ended to materialize in the absence of the real solutions documented by you regarding my field. It absolutely was a unfeigned frightening…

  44. classic games…

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I will defin…

  45. Play the game…

    I in basic terms had to thank you vastly a great deal on one occasion further. I’m not confident what I would have ended to materialize in the absence of the real solutions documented by you regarding my field. It absolutely was a unfeigned frightening…

  46. Play the game…

    I in basic terms had to thank you vastly a great deal on one occasion further. I’m not confident what I would have ended to materialize in the absence of the real solutions documented by you regarding my field. It absolutely was a unfeigned frightening…

  47. recommended sites…

    Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my …

  48. recommended sites…

    Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my …

  49. classic games…

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I will defin…

  50. Interesting

    Same day loans for unemployed are especially designed for the unemployed people who are looking out for fast financial assistance ranging from $100-$1500 for a short time period of 2-4 weeks. With it, you have the whole liberty to launch off any of you…