First, they conquer Metallica. Then, the entire world! It's been their plan all along!
Ok, just kidding, but on a very serious note, an AI was asked to give an evaluation of Metallica's 1986 classic thrash LP Master of Puppets, and its answer further illustrates why society should really be careful of what they wish for and what they ask an AI robot.
The experiment was carried out by the folks at Louder using ChatGPI, an AI tool with a chat interface. The robot initially was asked to give a positive overview of the album, and provided what can be described as a generic review that could honestly be found on any global review site; think AllMusic, for example. But then the AI was asked to provide a negative review of the album, and that when things started to get… well, personal, I suppose.
"While Master of Puppets is considered a classic album by many fans of Metallica it's not without its flaws," the AI began. "One aspect of the album that is often criticised is the drumming of Lars Ulrich.
"Ulrich's playing on the album is often described as simplistic and uninspired, lacking the complexity and skill of other drummers in the thrash metal genre. His performances on songs like 'Battery' and 'Leper Messiah' are particularly underwhelming, with repetitive, basic patterns that fail to elevate the music.
"Additionally, Ulrich's decision to use a lot of triggered, artificial-sounding drum sounds on the album has aged poorly and detracts from the overall listening experience. This is particularly noticeable on tracks like 'Master of Puppets' and 'Damage, Inc.' where the drums lack warmth and punch."
"In short, while Master Of Puppets is an important album in the history of Metallica and the thrash metal genre, the drumming of Lars Ulrich is a weakness that holds it back from being a truly great record."
Ouch! That stings! It's like I've been saying lately, we should really stop asking robots for opinions, and just ask them to make pretty pictures, instead. By the way, if you're interested in the "positive" review of Master of Puppets, you can check it out below. Metallica's latest single, "Lux Æterna," was released in November and there's even an isolated drum track video available, which you can check out below.
I dunno about AI, but I do know Lars sounds pretty good here!
And for those curious, here's the positive review:
"'Master of Puppets' is widely considered to be one of Metallica's greatest albums, and for good reason. The album is a masterpiece of thrash metal, featuring complex guitar work, pounding drums, and ferocious vocals. But one aspect of the album that often goes overlooked is the incredible bass playing of Cliff Burton."
"Burton's bass playing on Master of Puppets is nothing short of extraordinary. He masterfully uses the bass to anchor the songs and drive the rhythm, while also adding his own creative flourishes and solos. His playing is both technically impressive and emotionally powerful, and it's a key element of the album's overall sound."
"One of the standout moments of Burton's bass playing on the album is during the song 'Orion', where he takes centre stage with a breathtakingly virtuosic solo. His playing on this track, and on the album as a whole, showcases his incredible talent and solidifies his place as one of the greatest bassists in metal history."
"Overall, Master Of Puppets is a must-listen for any fan of metal, and the bass playing of Cliff Burton is a crucial part of what makes the album so great."