This record restores credibility and heaviness to Metallica. After the slight lightening on the black album, and then the Load/Reload stretch, this album is a major breath of fresh (gnarly) air. It is full on grinding, distorted, thrashing, old time metal. But the musicians are such pros that it comes off tight. Like how The Offspring are so good at what they do now, that their tight knit songs bring punk to a new level of class. My favorite thing about this record is that it is just so pure. There is no weird crap, it's just straightforward balls-out rock. Like AC/DC. It's Electric, Mercyful Fate, The More I See, and Loverman are sweet. Free Speech For The Dumb and Die, Die My Darling are grinding mosh tunes pulled off great. Sabra Cadabra is an awesome Sabbath tune. Astronomy is raw and powerful. My second favorite, Whiskey In The Jar, is a rockin' tune with cool lyrics that will have you screaming along every time you hear it on the radio, with kind of a pirate ship vibe to it. The high point for me is Turn The Page. A great song to listen to when you're on a bus or driving a truck through the cold lonely night, tired yet alert, just pressing on. Disc 2 is worse than disc one. All songs on this album are covers. Buy it now, it's hardcore.