72 Seasons

Metallica - 72 Seasons
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2023 Ratings: #529 / 757
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2023 Rank: #1034
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Independent

72 Seasons may not see Metallica doing anything new – but it does find their old machine firing on all cylinders. Old and new fans alike will be headbanging happily throughout.

80
XS Noize
It's an album born during the solitary confinement of the pandemic. An album that, after being freed from isolation, will showcase all that built up, festering energy and desire to play together that had been simmering in the band during that period.
80
Classic Rock

72 Seasons isn't an easy listen; it demands work ... Metallica's only concern is making the best Metallica album possible irrespective of what's going on around them. On that score, 72 Seasons is a ringing success.

80
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.
80
Kerrang!

Though 72 Seasons isn’t a game-changer, it’s this that says the most important thing here: Metallica being Metallica and letting fly with all they’ve got is still a mighty, charged-up, exciting, cathartic, deadly thing.

80
MetalSucks

All in all, 72 Seasons is as bear of a record. It’s a love letter to its past while looking forward.

80
Metal Injection

What you're getting is a band that knows how to write a riff, knows how to write a song, is clearly open to new things this far into their career, and is having a great time doing it. 72 Seasons is worth your time, and is a worth entry into the band's legendary catalog.

80
The Telegraph

If you are in the mood for some swaggering, belligerent, Viking warrior defiance (and, let’s face it, who isn’t in that mood from time to time?), then 72 Seasons provides an ideal soundtrack. Or to put it another way, Metallica have made their Metallica record again.

80
Mojo

Back to core-values on their first album in six years.

80
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.
80
NME

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

80
Rolling Stone
The band's 12th full-length album combines youthful fury and adult wisdom.
80
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.

75
Blabbermouth.net
"72 Seasons" is no classic, but it's as good as anything METALLICA have done since the early '90s, non-deranged mastering values and tolerable snare drum sound included.
75
Paste
By not pressing to recapture the past, Metallica sound more liberated than they have in decades.
72
Sputnikmusic

Metallica’s 72 Seasons is another solid release in their discography. It’s an album that feels more consistent and original than anything they’ve done since the Load releases from forever ago.

70
Slant Magazine
The album serves as a streamlined hodgepodge of everything the band has done to date but lacks mellower moments.
70
Metal Hammer
They may not have delivered their very best, but they’ve given us the best we realistically could have hoped for.
70
Uncut
It's the restlessly inventive guitars, from silvery solos to swaggering glam rock, where Metallica find ageless redemption.
70
Spill Magazine

By all means, 72 Seasons is not a bad album, in fact, it really is some of Metallica’s best work since ’91. In this sense, the album should be considered a triumph, especially among the band’s output in the 2000’s.

70
AllMusic

As carefully constructed as this is--there is no element out of place, no moment of embarrassment outside of maybe the concluding riff of "Shadows Follow" slightly suggesting Neal Hefti's Batman theme--it's difficult to discern how 72 Seasons could've been tightened yet it's hard not to wish that it was about a third shorter: the force would've had a greater impact if it wasn't quite so diffuse.

70
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.

70
Distorted Sound

72 Seasons isn’t an easy listen. It takes multiple playthroughs for certain riffs or hooks to really sink in, but if you’re willing to put the time in, you will find there are masterful moments here that prove that METALLICA still have their place.

64
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.
60
The Observer
James Hetfield’s adventurous lyrics aren’t matched by the tempo on a 77-minute album set to chug mode.
60
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.

60
Clash
The result is a solid, if overly safe album that avoids some of the pitfalls of the past but fails to ignite the heart.
BradTasteMusic
NR

Midtallica?

Chode
40

At this point, Metallica songs are just unskippable ads for sick ass solos

“Anybody can get it. The hard part is keeping it, motherfucker.” - Dr. Dre

The most burdensome part of loving a band is when they stop being good. Losing your edge- that specific quirk drew audiences towards you and made you stand out when put in a lineup of one hundred bands that sounded incredibly similar- can apply to nearly every band that has ever existed. If it can’t, chances are they either ... read more

RemisReviews
72

The most you could expect from Metallica nowadays.

I wasn't crazy about the singles but they work better in the context of the album.

The production is solid, the writing is decent, the leads are not bad and the vocals are pretty cool. Does it stand out much? Noo not really. But it's a solid listen overall.

Far from their worst album, let these few old legends have some fun fr. It's quite butt rocky and dad rocky but it's really not bad.

Some of the riffs are pretty infectious too. One ... read more

MWS
67

I think people have been shitting on this album too much. It's not great, far from it, but it's not bad by any stretch. There are a lot of great songs here. Lux Æterna is insanely catchy and punchy, Screaming Suicide is also punchy with a great riff and great vocal performance by James Hetfield, Inamorata, their longest song ever (That wasn't a collaboration with Lou Reed) with a nice vocal melody and performance, and Room of Mirrors is a really fun and different song with a really nice ... read more

CroccyReviews
72

Yes ikr I'm being funny rating this a 72. But nah genuinely it has its moments. A few catchy tracks in here. But the rest is so mediocre.

JacksonIsNoided
65

I finally finished my Metallica ranking! Truly the thrash metal band of all time!

This album is pretty overhated imo. It has a few great songs, the mid songs aren’t nearly as bad as some of the songs on the last few albums, and the song Screaming Suicide is severely underrated. That song is such a banger

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Track List

172 Seasons
7:39
75
2Shadows Follow
6:12
67
3Screaming Suicide
5:30
69
4Sleepwalk My Life Away
6:56
62
5You Must Burn!
7:03
59
6Lux Æterna
3:25
75
7Crown of Barbed Wire
5:49
61
8Chasing Light
6:45
63
9If Darkness Had a Son
6:36
60
10Too Far Gone?
4:34
67
11Room of Mirrors
5:34
69
12Inamorata
11:10
75
Total Length: 1 hour, 17 minutes
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Added on: November 28, 2022