The creation of ‘St. Anger’ is one for the history books: James Hetfield enters rehab for alcoholism, former bassist Jason Newsted leaves the band and Lars Ulrich is still dealing with a bad public image for his vocal involvement in the Napster file-sharing case. Overcoming all of those obstacles was no easy task, but for a band like Metallica, it was necessary for the future of the band. ‘St. Anger’ marks a turning point in the band’s history as it opened the doors for a new member and also introduced a new writing process, one that had never been tried before with any other album.