I am actually a very tolerant Metal fan and can see at least some good things in each release but yeah this one is hard to defend. You could say it's the stinker to end all stinkers and it comes from the band that recorded Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets. Holy shit that is an impressive gradual career nosedive these guys have been on eh? The scathing comments have been hilarious here.hahaha.. Keep it up. p.s. I wouldn't blame Bob Rock for the drum sound. Lars must take the blame for that and infact everything METALLICA have done since cliff died!