Lou Reed and Metallica

"The View"

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September 28, 2011

"I am the root/I am the progress/I am the aggressor," James Hetfield bellows like vengeance itself in the thundering spaces between Lou Reed's dry, unpitying harangue, in this song of destructive passion from Lulu, the strange-bedfellows record of the year. The full album runs the gamut of Reed and Metallica's respective extremes: his literary violence and love of drone, their wild-boy thrash and crushing power chords. But "The View" – with its crippled-march rhythm, sudden jump to double time and smeared-blues guitar outbursts by Kirk Hammett – is an effective introduction to the logic of this collaboration. Metallica are as raw and punishing, in their Motörhead-loving way, as the original Velvet Underground, while the sadistic need in Reed's lyrics and you-dare-to-fuck-with-me? voice, in this setting, are real doom metal. "Pain and evil have their place sitting here beside me," he sings, armed with the badass band to make you believe him.

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