Metallica recently released a new single off their new album, I don't know what it's called. The guitars are out-of-tune, but not the way guitars are usually out-of-tune. It sounds suspiciously like the guitars were recorded in-tune and then one/some of them were detuned in Pro Tools. Synthetic rawness. One would love to be able to see into the producer's mind and see how that decision was made. It may have been something like, "Hmmmm... this riff is not very interesting, I'll just de-tune some of the guitars!!" Instant interesting. Now, I know that things like this have been happening for some time but this, in my opinion, takes it to another level. When Metallica started out, they were innovative and most of what made them innovative was the sound, and the way they played. These are things that the band brought to the table and the producer just enhanced it. Anything that is innovative about this new album seems to be brought by the producer. Pseudo trashy snare sounds and guitars that are made out-of-tune after the fact. The magic is created in editing and in the mix instead of in the musical performance. I'm sure that more bands will cop this sound. I'm trying to put my finger on what bothers me about this song. It's not really the guitar sound. It's just another example of how "live" playing and good musicianship and creativity is just about dead. By the way, I haven't cared much for Metallica's music since the Black album. This is just an observation about the state of popular music.