While we once owned — and were scared of — Master of Puppets and their eponymous 1991 smash album, we’ve found it awfully difficult to like the boys in Metallica for the last decade or so.
First they released Load, which was an appropriate title for that steaming lump of overwrought ridiculousness. Then they followed their famous anti-Napster crusade with a decade of decidedly fan-unfriendly screeching about the evils of the Innerwebs and the threat that a cheap distribution platform posed to the poor sad sack musicians on major record labels.
It looks like Lars and the boys are still at it. Techdirt is reporting that a bunch of music journalists were invited to hear songs off the band’s forthcoming album, then went around demanding that reviews based on the “listening party” be taken down from a couple of music Web sites.
Here’s the best part: Apparently, none of the reviews were even negative.
Looks like my mom was right. Listening to that kind of music really does lead to brain damage.