This is the first Metallica CD I have bought.
The limited edition coffin box is great and all the extra's you get inside. You even get a card with a number on it you can enter on their site to download a bonus track. The bonus track is a live track which was played at the O2 arena or a track which was played in Germany. You only have one choice of track, but you can purchase further tracks from the dedicated website.
The other things you get are good quality, but to be honest I wouldn't say they are a must buy unless you're a die hard Metallica fan. The coffin box is good for display purposes if you've got room to display it anywhere. The coffin box comes in shrink wrap with a sticker on it, which you have to peel off because when you unwrap the shrink wrap the coffin box is just plain. Bit of a shame considering you're paying £80 for this.
The album is great, heavy with loads of good riff's. That's where it stops because the album is very distorted in sound quality.
The CD is loud sure, you'll say to yourself that's great, it's not. You can't really hear the vocals very well and it's just a disaster. I don't know what the band was thinking letting this be released.
It's being reported on the Internet that the Guitar Hero III downloadable content sounds better than the CD, but I cannot confirm this because I don't own the game.
One thing I can confirm is I did listen to the demo CD, and that sounds better than the retail copy of the album.
Metallica needs to fix this, there is nothing on their website about it at all.
5/5 for the album allthough it deserves 4/5 just for the sheer mock up with the sound quality, and distortion. Best track on the album has to be track 5 - All Nightmare Long.
I would avoid purchasing this until a remastered version is released - if there is one. Or get the Guitar Hero III downloadable content for the Xbox 360/Sony PS3.
Great service from play.com as ever, item was well packed and wasn't damaged, thank you again.