Re: "New" METALLICA Sound
It is a given that Metallica will be criticized for WHATEVER they do at this point. Fortunately, they are thick-skinned arrogant rock stars who don't really give a damn about the critics.
Personally, I like the new album. What it lacks in intensity (compared to their early stuff) it makes up for in sophistication, imo. There are some classic Metallica overtures mixed with a more mature and progressive sound.
It's a solid compilation. I like it.