Hetfield & Co take out the hammer! After the bluesy "Load" and "Reload", the symphonic "S&M" and the cover versions on "Garage Inc." we now experience the return to the uncompromising sound of the 80s. Because "St. Anger" kicks off where "And Justice For All..." left off - with monstrous Thrash- and Speed-orgies up to 10-minutes long, coming along with numerous pace- and style-changes and sounding so heavy and uncommercial as if the platinum-selling "Black Album" would have never been there. "St. Anger" is pure energy - more than one hour of anger and hate suites the trio Hetfield, Ulrich and Hammet well and bring back the original spirit of the Bay Area rockers. With thundering double bass drums, razor-blade riffs, Hetfield's roaring vocals and lyrics like "I need to set my anger free" ("St. Anger") or "Kill, kill, kill". Uncompromising noise performed brutally to the point. A big surprise!