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85. Metallica, ‘Hardwired … to Self-Destruct’
After nearly imploding at the start of the previous decade, Metallica poked fun at their own fragility with Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, a double album of confident, cocksure metal ragers that prove they’ve never been more stable. They bookended it with two of their best songs in 25 years, the punky, three-minute invective “Hardwired” and the grinding techno-horror thrasher “Spit Out the Bone,” and they filled the rest of it with punishing riffs, pummeling drums and pessimistic lyrics — in other words, it’s a perfect Metallica record. Plus, no ballads. —K.G.