It’s been over a decade since Metallica released their much-maligned 2003 album St. Anger, dividing the opinions of fans and critics alike, and now a group of musicians have attempted to revitalise the record for the ears of 2015, re-recording it in its entirety.
Multi-instrumentalist Daryl Gardner from the band Grace the Skies, Adust vocalist Dave Cox and produer Chris Dando took it upon themselves to launch the #StAnger2015 project, re-recording the entire album with the aim of creating a “more concise and focused record”.
They at least achieved part of that goal and even with keeping every original St. Anger riff and lyric, they still managed to trim the original album down by 15 minutes.
Much of the criticism surrounding St. Anger revolved around its lack of guitar solos, extended riffs, its raw production and the drum sound. “”Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion,” says Gardner, adding, “#STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.”
“The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.”
Gardner reiterates that there are no added guitar solos on the recording because “1. I am not Kirk Hammett” and “2. The point of this wasn’t to rewrite the album, but to re-record it to sound more conventional more than anything. Metallica didn’t write solo’s for this album, so we didn’t play any.”
He also makes clear that this was a project of love and no money has been made from it. Have a listen to the outcome below.