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72 Seasons


72 Seasons

Eleventh studio album from the metal stalwarts produced by Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, Slayer)

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    The hard rock veterans roll back the years to deliver a thrilling sonic onslaught - including their longest ever song
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  2. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    At an hour-and-a-quarter, like its predecessor, 72 Seasons is a lot to cram in in one go, a marathon. But it slaps consistently, and hard
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  3. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Metallica have always been masters of corpulent, groove-heavy riffs and labyrinthine song structures, but now, with more than 40 years of experience, they play with more purpose than in their speed-demon days
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  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Old and new fans alike will be headbanging happily throughout
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Monstrously long it undoubtedly is, but it is also their most consistent work since the ‘Black Album’, and features some of their most creative work to date
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  6. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    72 Seasons is certainly a triumph. It's Metallica by the books, the experimentation and curiosity pushed aside for brutality and sheer force
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  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Blending dashes of their thrash early days with the mainstream rock polish they acquired from 1991 onwards, on the whole it's deeper and meaningful
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  8. 8.0 |   XS Noize

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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    James Hetfield and co are forceful and fine-tuned on their 11th studio album
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  10. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    By not pressing to recapture the past, Metallica sound more liberated than they have in decades
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  11. 7.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s an album that feels more consistent and original than anything they’ve done since the Load releases from forever ago
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's the restlessly inventive guitars, from silvery solos to swaggering glam rock, where Metallica find ageless redemption. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    While their most musically cautious work, Metallica’s 72 Seasons still takes some huge risks. We all deserve to be happy, including our heavy metal heroes
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  14. 7.0 |   Spill Magazine

    While not as dangerous sounding as Hardwired, Metallica has challenged themselves as songwriters, an impressive notion for any band over 40 years in the game
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  15. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album serves as a streamlined hodgepodge of everything the band has done to date but lacks mellower moments
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    The album is filled with meditations on mortality and morality, Hetfield looking back on his raising with clarity, not anger
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  17. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    At 77 minutes, Metallica’s eleventh studio album delivers everything you could want from a Metallica album in 2023 and so much more. Too much more
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  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    With weighty lyrics referencing James Hetfield’s ongoing recovery and harking back to the band’s formative British influences, 72 Seasons has the edge of Metallica’s 80s heyday – albeit one blunted by overlong songs
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  19. 6.0 |   Clash

    The titans revisit their roots for a safe eleventh album
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