Settle down, children. Once upon a time, while some of you were nothing but an unfertilised egg in your momma’s tight womb, and daddy wasn't playing around with hookers, a band named Metallica had the respect of everyone in the metal scene. Sure, there was that mouthy guy, but the music was good so we could overlook that part. The band recovered from tragedy to release an album that was a bit dry and on the long side but it blew the collective asses off the critics who said that they would never recover. That's called a 'Fuck You'.
We can only speculate as to what went on in the studio. ‘Turn up the bass,’ said one. ‘No,’ said another. ‘You’re new, so shut up. I’m the boss.’ Had they listened to what the new kid might have said, the album would've been even better.