So, what do METALLICA fans really think of St. Anger? Well, it would appear that the majority are not fans. On a recent tour, James Hetfield asked the audience what they thought of the album, and the results were overwhelmingly negative.
However, it seems that Hetfield and co. are taking the criticism in their stride. In fact, Hetfield has even said that he thinks the album is “misunderstood.”
One video from an un-named gig shows Hetfield saying to the audience: “Question for you, you can honestly answer it to the best of your knowledge: St. Anger?”, asking them to respond with a thumbs up or thumbs down. Greeted by a selection of cheers and (mostly) boos, Hetfield laughs and says “I’m trying to encourage you. Let’s give it another shot, shall we?” before the band plunge into “Dirty Window,” the fourth track on St. Anger.
In another video, Hetfield sarcastically tells the audience, “That’s from your favorite album, St. Anger.” But seemingly spying a suggestive detractor among the throng, he adds, “Aw, come on, it’s growing on you now. Just give it a little more time, buddy — you’ll get it!”
The METALLICA singer then jokes, “Alright…eight more songs from St. Anger.”