First of a two-part Australian Metallica EP extravaganza! And check out KamerTunesBlog for an awesome Metallica discography series!
METALLICA – Six Feet Down Under EP (2010 Universal)
This Metallica EP for Australia only, Six Feet Down Under, will be of limited interest to casual fans. The EP (the first of two for Australia) is a decent tour souvenir for those fans, but for fans in Canada or elsewhere who will have to pay much higher prices, this is mostly just a collectible. The sound quality varies wildly. The tracks were selected as songs that were not often (or ever) released as live B-sides before.
The oldest tunes from ’89 (“Justice” and “Beholder”) are from audience bootleg sources, and are very rough. I have heard much better bootlegs. The idea was to give fans rare tracks recorded in Australia, so this really is something geared towards collectors. I’s hard to critique the tunes beyond sound quality, because it’s not like you can really discern bass parts or cymbals and so on.
The ’93 tunes are “Through The Never” (extremely sloppy, especially on the rhythm guitar) and “The Unforgiven”. These songs sound a lot better. “The Unforgiven” in particular is a very nice version. Metallica had started recording their shows via soundboard by now.
Then we jump ahead to the ReLoad tour. Personally, I really liked Load, but I wasn’t very hot on ReLoad. I was still excited to hear live versions of “Low Man’s Lyric” and “Devil’s Dance”, but quite frankly, they sound uninspired.
From 2004 we have a really cool live version of “Frantic”, one of the best tunes from St. Anger. Whether you like it or not will depend on how you feel about St. Anger. I liked this version. Wisely, Metallica decided to include only one St. Anger tune. The other tune from 2004 is “Fight Fire With Fire” which is, once again, very sloppy. But hey, at least you know it’s live.
There are liner notes included as per most Metallica singles and EPs. This just explains the purpose of the EP and the sources of each track. Sounds like something you’d be into? Then go for it. If you’re not intrigued, don’t plop down the big bucks if you’re buying it on import. I will say that Metallica aren’t ripping the fans off; this “EP” is 52 minutes long. By way of comparison, Diver Down by Van Halen is 28 minutes.
Come back tomorrow for a look at Six Feet Down Under Part II.