Sure they're complete garbage now. Death magnetic was one of the stupidest albums ever. Even the name of the album was just a blind shot in the dark at trying too hard to think of something badass.
But, they were at one point a huge influence in metal. Kill em' all had some of my favorite songs (Jump in the fire, Metal Militia) and RTL and Master in my opinion were both totally different albums from each other but still amazing.
Also, playing guitar as a kid I pretty much taught myself all through tablature from a bunch of tab books my dad gave me that were ALL Metallica. One was "The Art of James Hetfield". That one sucked.
Could there possibly be any hope whatsoever for them in the future? Or should they have died with Cliff Burton? Or all died INSTEAD of Cliff Burton?
I know there's alot of hip youngsters here who listen to underground whozawhatzitz and that darned flip flop or whatever it is, but I hope that as mainstream as these guys are that there are a few people who can respect them for what they once were and what they did for metal.
Also, fuck Kirk Hammet with his jerry curl, cowboy hat and mystery race. Dave Mustaine is and always will be Metallica's original backbone.