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Death Magnetic

Released on 15 September 2008

Artist: Metallica

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  1. That Was Just Your Life
  2. The End Of The Line
  3. Broken, Beat & Scarred
  4. The Day That Never Comes
  5. All Nightmare Long
  6. Cyanide
  7. The Unforgiven III
  8. The Judas Kiss
  9. Suicide & Redemption
  10. My Apocalypse
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    Metallica's 1983 debut, Kill 'em All, was hailed as the birth of thrash, whilst the momentous Master of Puppets is frequently lauded as the best heavy metal album of all time. After their first four pioneering albums, Metallica moved away from their signature sound, exploring new genres and influences, including blues, alt rock and even elements of classical music. Many predicted, and some waited for Metallica to return to their "garage days", a feat that could have proven difficult. Metallica, however, have carried it off with ease.

    By the end of the opening track alone, it's clear that a change of producer, from the long-standing Bob Rock to the king of rejuvenation, Rick Rubin, has paid dividends. The drums are emphatic and powerful, a resonating pound worthy of the thrash titans. The bass is somewhat understated, as on so many previous records, but with guitar riffs that draw memories of the big-haired, tight-jeaned Metallica of the '80s, it is something that can be forgiven. It is this aggressive drive that makes Metallica sound like Metallica again - it would be easy to think you were listening to a record made shortly after...And Justice For All. Lyrically and vocally, Hetfield is back to his best, spitting out words with a hostile growl not heard in more than a decade. And, to top it off, Kirk Hammet gets his revenge - the solos are back! This viperous, throwback sound, coupled with the grooves and melodies of albums such as Metallica, has led to a combination of relentless energy and orchestral structuring so gloriously abundant on tracks like 'Broken, Beat & Scarred', 'All Nightmare Long' and 'Cyanide'. They twist and turn through their sonic structure with the precision of a race car driver, tempering thunderous double-bass drums and razor-sharp riffs with blues licks and rhythm. There are times when the band completely let loose, the prime example being the choppy thrash-fuelled 'My Apocalypse'. However, this is balanced with the 'One'esque ballad, 'The Day That Never Comes', and the symphonic tension of 'The Unforgiven III'.

    Death Magnetic is obviously a record inspired by the nostalgia of the glory days, but it isn't an attempt to recreate them. The youthful, exuberant hunger that made the '80s albums so gripping was obviously never going to be rekindled, but in its place is a song writing maturity honed in the subsequent decades. In this respect, it is, perhaps, their most complete record to date - an album that should be celebrated as a return to form by one of metal's pioneering forces.

    This product is also available in a Limited Edition Coffin Box - only online.

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| | See all mosh666's reviews (7)

I was looking forward to this cd, but this is just boring....
Some of these riffs are pathectic!!

 Undoubtedly Fresh, Undoubtedly Metallica

| | See all DrummerMike's reviews (53)

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This album struck me as they chose to promote it at the 2008 Reading Festival; they amazed me. The songs sounded incredible live and as incredible on the CD.

The album consists of ten songs - fair amount for a Metal album nowadays. 'Cyanide', 'The Day That Never Comes' - just some of the outstanding songs on the album - are pure Metallica. Kirk and James always had that chemistry, and that shows on the record. Lars and Robert coincide with the other two as an unstoppable force of Thrash Metal.

Still reigning masters of Thrash, Metallica haven't stopped pleasing fans alike. Twenty years Metallica have conquered and in 2008, they conquer once again with a stunning album.

 Don't delude yourself...

| | See all comprachio's reviews (1)

Metallica were once brilliant, a shining example of the marriage between thrash and melody. Then they went and became a joke.

Death Magnetic is tired and fake. There is a sense that they're trying to recapture the glory days of the 1980s but in doing so it has become a pastiche. A group of 40 year olds without direction, trying to recapture their youth. This album isn't a resurgence or rebirth for Metallica but rather it shows the signs of a midlife crisis.

Excessive in length, confused in arrangement, and lacking in proper melody, the only thing that saves this record is the glimmer of energy that we all remember from the 1980s.

A shining example of growing old disgracefully. Metallica have become Spinal Tap.

 All is forgiven

| | See all MetalBadger's reviews (10)

Firstly let me just say this... 'St Anger' was rubbish. Every previous Metallica album is genius from start to end. 'St Anger' just went horribly wrong. Im not sure if this is because of a certain DVD being released featuring the making of the album or if they just thought they could put out any old drivel and we would all lap it up.
I really dont believe that last comment and im glad that I was able to put 'St Anger' in the past (or into a box and bury it in the garden) and wait around for their next release.

And here it is.... Death Magnetic!! What an album. Each song is an Epic. If you need another album of to compare it to I suggest you dust of '...and Justice for All' because thats what theyve revisited and theyve doubled there efforts. They must have practised each song until theyre fingers were bleeding and there throats were sore. To say the riffs are tight is an under statement. Lars has also excelled. No more experimental drum beats that dont make sense. Thankfully hes got all that out of his system.

If you dont buy any other Metallica album just make sure you buy this one. But trust me you wont be able to stop.

 Death magnetic....

| | See all Fotddarren's reviews (2)

Is quite simply a hard hitting, in your face, two fingers up to all the doubters. I have been listening to these guys since the release of Masters and love the fact that they aren't afraid to try different thing's.
This album has elements from all that has come before without sounding like a rehash, if you want to listen to band that keeps releasing the same album over and over just listen to Slayer.

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