More than two decades have passed since James Hetfield-led Metallica released 2003 album “St. Anger.” It has been noted that it has continued to divide their fanbase. Some fans continue to argue that the record is best left forgotten, others admit that the controversial effort started to grow on them over time and, with some better production and editing skills, it could be a modern classic.
James Hetfield trolls the fans
In a live clip from earlier this year that recently surfaced on YouTube, frontman James Hetfield playfully tested the audience in that regard, asking them:
“Question for you. You can honestly answer it to the best of your knowledge. ‘St. Anger?’”
To which he was showered with loud boos from the crowd. In another video, James concluded a song off the album live, saying:
“That’s from your favorite album, ‘St. Anger.’”
After spotting a negative reaction from the audience, Hetfield added with good humor:
“Aw, come on, it’s growing on you now. Just give it a little more time, buddy — you’ll get it! Alright…eight more songs from ‘St. Anger’.”