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Originality and moments of brilliance. - 76%

Vaibhavjain, June 28th, 2008

“Wherever I May roam” was one of the other tracks off Metallica’s self-titled album. It was in this album that the band tried something different from their previous works. Instead of the adrenaline rush and aggressive nature of music the band opted for a more radio friendly approached which appealed to more of the masses.

This track is lyrically about a vagabond and like “Enter Sandman” this track had a music video for it too. There are 2 moments that stand out on the track as well as on the album on which it later appeared. These being the intro of the track and the musical marvel at the 30 second mark. The band uses an electric Sitar for the intro, something which none of the metal bands had even tried thus proving Metallica’s ingenious instinct and their talent for innovation and creativity. The other and more brilliant part of the album occurs ay the 30-second mark as I pointed out earlier. It sounds like a horn added by Bob Rock during the production of the album but in fact it is Jason Newstead’s bass guitar, the sound being produced by a 12 string electric bass guitar. Yes, you read it right, a fucking 12 STRING ELECTRIC BASS guitar. Once you realize what the “horn” like sound is you cannot but be envious of Newstead’s obvious talent with the bass guitar.

Another great part of the track is Lars’ snare attack that literally sounds like an explosion after Jason’s bass crack. Lars just took the snare drum to heights unheard of till then. Also James’ voice is as perfect as perfect can be as is seen throughout the album. The production is excellent and Bob has achieved in the production department what the band couldn’t even dream off till they met him. The track is the longest on the album.

Along with this track the band also features one of metal’s most famous ballads “Fade To Black’s” live performance and a demo version of the song where James’ goes “Wana-na-na-na” instead of saying the lyrics because they hadn’t been written yet.

Despite the great moments I have mentioned in the review one cannot help but be disappointed especially if you were a die-hard fan of Metallica’s previous four albums. No trademark aggression, no fast paced adrenaline pumping solos, none of the signature riffs by the band are present here. As mentioned on my review for Enter Sandman, you cannot enjoy tracks like these if they are by Metallica unless you are an open-minded fan of the band. But on the other hand if you are a person who wants to get acquainted with the bands musical works and are looking for some catchy well-produced radio friendly heavy metal then look no further.