With the release of their first studio album in eight years, the mighty Metallica focus their sights on our polluted landscape and sound a sober reminder of the importance of creating art that challenges conventions and explores themes of heavy social significance. This heady collection isn't destined to whip up a frenzy limited to Metal Militia circles, but it's influence will be felt across a broad spectrum of eclectic demographics and ideologies; in the post-truth era, "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct" arrives just in the nick of time, picking up right where "And Justice For All" left off.
In innovative, binge-batch fashion, Metallica released 13 fresh-off-the presses videos--one for each new song off "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct"--the day preceding the album's highly anticipated release (Friday, November 18). Through their diverse collection of genre-spanning-mini-films, Metallica curates cultural fragments which address the complexities inherent in balancing the dualities of radically conflicting lives. To call these music videos actually does them an injustice.
"Confusion" offers a modern-day Jekyll & Hyde juxtaposition of a veteran returning home, transitioning from serving in a combat zone overseas back into corporate America, where it's business as usual. She--yes, she--faces a constant barrage of triggers (both of the gun and environmental-stimulus variety) which profoundly effect her psyche. Rarely on film is the teetering between anxiety and routine so profound. "Confusion" offers a concise primer on PTSD and the hidden challenges of nurturing conflicting ideologies--each desensitized in their own fashion.
Be sure to visit metallica.com to check out the entire collection of "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct" videos. Hit your favorite record shop right now to score the album. Coming soon: "Metallica x Motown", our Flashback Review of the Metallica-curated 2-day Orion Festival, a DetroitDrumDreams.com exclusive.
"Am I Savage"-inspired spoken word/micro-review:
& disconnected chaos...
silhouettes & shadows
of our former selves--
of collective culture
void of physical
struggling to maintain
in the face
of the establishment.
the cast of players
in our lives
to supporting roles
& window dressing.
Clever alter-ego role playing and anonymity create a throw-back Black Sabbath aura crossed with a Carrie-inspired homage to old-school shock/horror.
"Spit Out The Bone" micro-review:
Fusion of past atrocities and advances in modern technologies conspire to offer a beat-down on free thought, resistance, and dissidence. This frantic dystopian mash-up of mixed media, animation, live action, and assembled archival historical footage is the ultimate juxtaposition: intertwining mediums which present a challenging, thematic jigsaw puzzle. So much to decipher and contemplate. Intimacy & fantasy: weapons of mass over-stimulation.
"Here Comes Revenge" micro-review:
Animated psychological fable thriller oozing with suspense and a unique end-twist sure to resonate. Ruinous outcomes: residuals of past lamentations and forecasts of hate-filled agendas, fixated on violence, domination, and control.
"Dream No More" micro-review:
A Twilight Zone trip where humans are reduced to blank-slate silhouettes, which serve as cultural feeds, projecting disruptive, disorienting stressors & static that bog down cognitive functioning and overwhelm our ability to focus. Excellent footage of the band, creatively interact with(in) the silhouette/blank-slate/vessels.
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