The Metallica Album James Hetfield Called ‘One-Dimensional’

Metallica released its seventh studio album ‘Reload’ in 1997 as a follow-up to the previous one ‘Load.’ The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling thousands of copies immediately after its release. The record reflected a bluesier sound similar to ‘Load,’ closer to the traditional hard rock. James Hetfield delivered the solo parts of ‘Carpe Diem Baby’ and wrote all the lyrics for the record.

The band re-entered the studio in 2002 to work on their eighth album ‘St. Anger.’ It came out on June 2003 and debuted at the top of sales charts in many countries, primarily on the US Billboard 200. Also, the self-titled lead single won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Although it received generally positive reviews, Hetfield defined the album as ‘one-dimensional‘ because he believed it lacked something crucial.

James Hetfield Described ‘St. Anger’ As ‘One Dimensional’

‘St. Anger’ was an album that had a very different sound compared to the band’s previous record. It caught the music critics and the audience’s attention with its alternative metal style, raw production, and due to not having no guitar solos. It was a different experience for the fans not to hear the solos of the lead guitarist Kirk Hammett in this record.

In a 2008 Guitar World interview, James Hetfield revealed that the albums that did not consist of guitar solos were not his favorite. Although he did not listen to the songs just for their solo parts, they occupied an important place in the songs, according to him. The vocalist stated that ‘St. Anger’ was not dull, but there was a little lack of sound without solos which he described as ‘one-dimensional.’

James Hetfield said the following about the album not including solos:

“Being a singer, there are very few songs I listen to just for the solos, but the solo is the voice for a little while. And not having that element on ‘St. Anger’ was somewhat – I don’t want to say ‘boring’ – but it made the album pretty one-dimensional.”

Metallica released the following album ‘Death Magnetic’ on September 2008, and they returned to their trash metal sound, departing from the style in ‘St. Anger.’ The fans heard the sound they longed for in this record with Hammett and Hetfield’s extended guitar solos. Besides vocals and rhythm guitar, Papa Het once again came to the fore delivering the solo parts of the instrumental piece ‘Suicide & Redemption’ in this album.