What happen to Metallica? This surely can't be the band who released albums like Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All. Hell, Justice is on my short list of best albums of all time. The Black Album was the last solid album they've come up with. Outside a few good songs they've come up with, since the early 90's they've produced nothing but crap.
Metallica is one of those bands who can produce some epic stuff if they just quit taking stupid chances. There's band out there that can pull off trying crazy stuff; take Primus, Tom Waits, Tool, and even The Flaming Lips, for example. Metallica obviously isn't one of those bands.
In this video you can tell, well other than Lars -he is bit of a nut after all, which makes him a great drummer-, the guys really don't have their hearts into it and you can hear it in their performance. Espcially Kirk (lead guitarist) and Robert (basist). Metallica is still one of those bands I keep watching in hopes they're able to find their groove again. I feel the same about the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They need to step away from whatever pop-rock bollocks they've moved into and get back to their old-school funk rock. The direction they're moving, they're going to end up sounding like Coldplay, or worse, Nickelback.