Metallica Remember The Days That Came Many Years Ago

noah | August 21, 2008 3:30 am

ARTIST: MetallicaTITLE: “The Day That Never Comes”WEB DEBUT: Aug. 21, 2008

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: It’s a bit hard to tell, given the very degraded quality of the QuickTime stream, but from what I can tell, “The Day That Never Comes” makes me want to echo the sentiments Idolator commenter Marth: Something doesn’t feel right here. And by “doesn’t feel right” I mean “sorta gives the impression of a band becoming its own cover band.” “The Day That Never Comes” sounds like the end result of gluing together the morose “Until It Sleeps” and the second, riffs-topped-off-with-speeding-up-and-stopping half of “One,” and layering over some particularly throat-tightened vocals by Mssr. Hetfield. Is this what the fans want: A band going through the motions that it pioneered more than two decades ago? Given the popularity of reunion and repackaging tours over the past few years, I’m going to say “maybe… no, probably.”

WHERE TO FIND IT: It’s streaming from Metallica’s official Web site via annoying “helper” apps, but if you want an embedded stream, head over to the band’s MySpace page.