This is their ninth studio album and the juggernaut that is Metallica just keeps steaming ahead. No matter the musical climate that these guys release their music into they remain insanely popular. They retain the sound they have grown famous for and yet are able to inject something fresh into every outing.
New bassist Robert Trujillo fits in nicely with the longstanding members of Metallica and keeps everything going forward. They have almost gone retro on this album with some straight-forward sounding heavy rock. It is almost as if they are referencing their early work with the pared down guitar, vocals, drums, and bass sound.
Just to keep everyone on their toes the band throws us a curveball by including a 10 minute long instrumental song towards the end of the CD. "Suicide and Redemption" never drags or makes you wish for vocals. It is over before you realize it.