Ok, so this album might not quite be up there as a thrash metal masterpiece, that we're expecting to hear from metallica. But if those who keep complaining about the album being a sell-out or whatever, actually get their heads out from within their own arses, and listen to it they'll notice what a great album it is. Surely it is not too much to expect a band to slightly change their musical style over a period of time, and if metallica wish to vary slightly from their thrash routes, and create a true heavy metal album as good as this one, then good for them. For it truly is a great album, and no-one could even consider criticising the guitar playing of both hammett and hetfield, who now seem to be perfectly interlocked in twin playing harmony. So forgot your half- wit ideals, and actually listen to the album, and you will no doubt see how truly great it is.