Musically I'm not commenting as each to his own but I thought I'd talk about the production. Honestly, I can't see 'that' much wrong with it. The only issue I have is with that dreadful guitar tone. It sounds undergained yet over-saturated in the upper mids and has a boxy quality with that horrendous Load Twang (and I liked Load). There's an issue with the kick drum too in that it seems boosted in a really weird place and it's pretty inconsistent as well. Besides that I like the snare sound and the rest of it seems mixed reasonably well. The mastering to my ears is fine too. I just don't get why a band at that level who along with their engineers were once pioneers of guitar tones now so dreadfully bad at recognising something so rubbish. They should be hunting out and begging Andy Sneap or Scott Atkins to record them. As I say, I'm not here to comment on the actual music (I quite like the album though bar a few fillers) and I'd say it's a massive improvement over Death Magnetic but the guitar tone almost kills it for me. Any thoughts?