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Metallica’s Death Magnetic new album reviews “Popular Post”


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Metallica’s new album, Death Magnetic, has now been released worldwide. Lyrics to all the Death Magnetic songs, Metallica Death Magnetic review and the full studio versions of new Metallica songs are now available for your pleasure at Metallica XXX Blog. Metallica’s Death Magnetic is their first studio album since 2003’s multi-platinum St. Anger.

Death Magnetic tracklist and all the lyrics:

That Was Just Your Life
The End Of The Line
Broken, Beat & Scarred
The Day That Never Comes - Listen to the full version and see single artwork
All Nightmare Long
Cyanide - Listen to the full version and see single artwork
The Unforgiven III
The Judas Kiss
Suicide & Redemption - Instrumental
My Apocalypse - Listen to the full version and see single artwork

“The Quietus” had an early review of the new Metallica album Death Magnetic. Here is the Metallica’s Death Magnetic review:

I attended the playback of Metallica’s new album at the HQ of Universal, their UK record company, on 3 June. We were permitted to hear six of the 10 tracks which will ultimately appear on the album – which, a rep from the Q-Prime management company informed us, is referred to colloquially by Metallica as ‘Nine epics and one song’. The sense of occasion was reinforced by the presence of almost the entire editorial teams of the UK’s two biggest metal magazines, glaring at each other over the tea urn.

Right from the off, it’s a relief to hear that the utterly awful production of St. Anger is no more. Ulrich has replaced the old dustbin lid from that album with an actual snare drum, and the sound is fresh, clean and resonant (even though the songs are still only rough mixes at this stage). The first song, like the rest of the ‘epics’, is between six and eight minutes long and begins with a bass intro from low-ender extraordinaire Robert Trujillo. Moving rapidly from riff to riff, the song bursts with energy and ideas: singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield barks “Luck runs out!” repeatedly and throws in some twisty, semi-progressive riffs which could have been lifted directly from, their last truly good album, 1988’s …And Justice For All. Guitarist Kirk Hammett, who was banned from soloing on St. Anguish for no adequately explored reason, is on fire, whipping out the melodic, rapid-fire shreds for which he is famous over an extended solo section – almost as if he’s making up for lost time. This is Metallica’s best song in ages, perhaps since the 1980s.


The next song has a working title of ‘Flamingo’ and is going to be the first single. Now, Metallica’s lead singles have been breathtakingly crap since 1995, so it was a relief to hear that ‘Flamingo’ (as it almost definitely will not be called) is a modernised take on their amazing 1988 song One, all balladry at its front end before a speeded-up metalstorm at the back. Hetfield delivers a clean-picked intro which reminded me of the Beach Boys (I know… but I only got to hear it once, all right?) before the body of the song, which is basically like ‘The Unforgiven’ from 1991’s ‘Black Album’. If you’re familiar with the chord progression behind the solo in ‘Am I Evil?’, the ancient Diamond Head song which Metallica made their own, you’ll be able to picture the under-solo riffage in this song – all simple, effective major-interval jumps.

However, let us not forget that this is modern Metallica – and the next two songs are much less fun. The first, which may be called ‘We Die Hard’ judging by the frequency with which Hetfield barks the phrase, starts boringly but accelerates halfway through and enters slightly proggy territory, all stop-start riff stabs and a clever time signature. The next song is very . . . And Justice . . ., a lengthy, unhurried workout which revolves around the line “Bow down / Sell your soul to me / I will set you free”, itself a 1988 line if I ever heard one. Apart from dexterous soloing from Hammett, it’s not great.

So far, we’ve had two good songs and two dull ones – not a bad track record for new ’Tallica, believe me. However, track five is tedious, a combination of the aimless riffery of St. Anger and the pointless rock chorusing of Load, the album which almost finished Metallica in 1996. “Crying, weeping, shedding strife!” sings Hetfield in that slick ‘Enter Sandman’ manner, over an unthreatening clean midsection which would (and no doubt will) suit VH1 down to the ground.
At this point the Q-Prime geezer asks us if we want to hear more, and fortunately we say yes – because the final song (and indeed, it is ‘The Song’, the little guy among the nine epics) is great, a genuine slice of thrash metal that starts fast and stays that way. Like a slower, less precise ‘Battery’ (the opening track of 1986’s flawless Master Of Puppets album), the song nips in and out, not outstaying its welcome and proving that on some level, Metallica still have the necessary vitriol to impress their older fans. OK, it reminded me a bit of ‘Dyer’s Eve’, the last song on Justice, which had a kind of “I suppose we’d better do a fast one for the fans” feel about it – but in 2008, Hetfield and Ulrich delivering any form of thrash metal is not to be sneered at.

We file out of the listening room, not saying much. This album could be good, or it could be mediocre – too much depends on the other four songs to make a call at this point. I try not to agonise about it, but this matters, damn it. It really does. I said it wasn’t easy being a Metallica fan in 2008, didn’t I?

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80 Responses to “Metallica’s Death Magnetic new album reviews “Popular Post””


  1. 1 Aaron Jun 19th, 2008 at 4:24 am

    That is refreshing to hear. I am glad that much of the new material is remniscent of the “…And Justice for All” era. That is one of my favroite of their albums.

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  2. 2 Stormtiger Jun 19th, 2008 at 5:35 am

    They better come back to normal…I had to throw St. Anger out of my truck window after the first three tracks.

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  3. 3 beeforsalmon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    i bet you didnt actually throw it out of your window

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  4. 4 Taser Jun 26th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    My friend works at Warner Brothers and he has heard the first single off the album, the one that the reviewer above refers to as “Flamingo”, and the “Death Is Not the End” song. He liked the single, and said that it sounded much more old school than anything since 1991. Apparently it will please fans of older material. He was disappointed with the “Death” song and stated that it sounded like a St. Anger cast off with better drums. Unfortunately that was all he listened to, but he told me he’s cautiously optimistic.

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  5. 5 diamondjimrubble Jun 29th, 2008 at 5:10 am

    informative review. interesting information, and i agree with some of the writer’s opinions on the band. though i have come to view metallica with contempt and disgust ( and i am a fan! ), i still cannot wait for the new album to be released. by the way, st. anger isn’t a terrible album. listen to it again, and ignore the production and drum sound. “dirty window,” “frantic,” “purify,” “all within my hands.” load and re-load deserve all the disdain.

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  6. 6 adam Jul 2nd, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I still feel Metallica is the greatest band on Earth. Only for what they accompished in the 80’s and early 90’s. Anything from Load and after is questionable. That’s not to say any of it was bad, it just wasn’t the Metallica I knew and loved. I think they felt they had to go in some new direction for some reason. From the way it sounds, maybe they’re getting back on the right track.

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  7. 7 marzx Jul 23rd, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    after justice… i think i lost some faith even though black was good… but by then i knew they had commercialized the band.. load, reload, st anger never made it to my cd player.
    but if the review is true and i’ve heard a demo of one of the songs… the future looks bright!
    they’ve even used back the old MetallicA letterheads… waiting for another creeping death!

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  8. 8 Meta|UpYourA$$ Jul 26th, 2008 at 3:18 am

    The demos they heard were not finished and it might not even make it on the album, remember they made a lot more songs to choose from. I know Death Magnetic will kick some major ass!! I also think the single will be Unforgiven 3.

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  9. 9 Will Jul 27th, 2008 at 5:30 am

    I was a fan of all of the metallica albums….even load and reload….but tht is enetirely mine and your own opinions. But, they disappointed me compared to the other stuff….especially st. anger, which wasnt a horrible album. This new album is going to blow our minds though. I heard demos of 4 of the 10 songs and they are amazing!!!!!!! Metallica is back on track, and hopefully, before they retire (if ever), they will stay on track.

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  10. 10 Bibotch Jul 31st, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Wow that review was so biased I am forced to not believe a word of it. Hearing Mission Metallica stuff makes me hopeful but I’m one of the idiots apparently who loves all the albums, not just the first four. If this is a Metallica album then I know it’ll be good.

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  11. 11 Mr Rock Aug 5th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Well, we hope this album kick ass just like ONLY the first four did! ONLY THE FIRST FOUR! The rest is crap (imho). We wanna hear enough effort once more! Furious riffs, fast drums and great solos again. I guess everyone here hates the “commercial stuff” around not only metallica, but the whole musical scene nowadays! And above all, attitude to assume metallica plays rock and that they do it for the fans and for themselves. You don’t need anymore money men, just play what you know and it’s gonna be fair! ENOUGH CRAP! TRUE ROCK FOR THE MASSES, EVERYWHERE!

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  12. 12 Bob Aug 5th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    This reviewer seems snobby in his review.

    I don’t even think I believe the person’s review of the “Death” song. anybody can claim their uncle heard it.

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  13. 13 Jason Aug 11th, 2008 at 5:01 am

    I have been a Metallica fan from the start! As others have said, only the first four albums are great! The others are all pure crap! (Sad But True…) I thank you James for kicking Dave Mustaine out of the band so we were able to get the great band Megadeth! If Death Magnetic is going to be some weak effort somewhere between the Black Album and the “abortion” known as St. Anger; Please, don’t release it and save some face and the little pride your band has left. But if you can put the Metal Up My Ass again, then back it on. I will be holding my breath, but will not be buying until I am proven wrong.

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  14. 14 Rob Aug 12th, 2008 at 5:56 am

    i agree that the first albums are great but how can you knock metallica’s black album… it is probably about 90% of the reason the band is still around… and by the way megadeth is truly garbage and kirk hammett is 10x the guitarist dave mustaine is. the album should be fine and if you never listened to load, reload etc… you need to shut the hell up, half of you claim those albums were shit and also claim to not listen to anything after “justice”. (never heard the album = shut the fuck up, your opinion doesnt matter). and this writer seems biased and determined to prove that no great music will ever com after 1988… and really needs to go fuck off!

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  15. 15 Dan Aug 13th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Ok let me clear it up for all of you. The first four albums were works of art. the black album was an awesome album, but paled in comparison to the first four albums. everything after has sucked and will always suck. thankyou and goodnight.

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  16. 16 Jason Aug 14th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    I agree fully with Dan! Rob as far as Megadeth being garbage, I really think you need to sit back and listen to some of their albums. Rust in Peace or System has Failed would be a good start. As far as who is a better guitarist, I think even Kirk Hammett would disagree with your statement. There has been great music after 1988, just not by Metallica. Trust me I would love for them to come out with another “Master of Puppets” but they are stuck in this “blues” music thyme and that just isn’t metal.

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  17. 17 tommy Aug 15th, 2008 at 4:34 am

    i think metallica back in the 80s & 90s just kicked ass but everything after reload sucks big donkey dick st. anger was nothing but a big pile of shit and i think megadeth kicks ass but every thing after rust in peace & the world needs a hero & united abominations suck both bands got way to flashy with some of there albums so i hope death magnetic is not another st. anger throw up & i hope thay go back to there old style like for example kill em all or ride the lightning.

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  18. 18 shannon Aug 16th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    you people don’t now shit about whats good metallica.you praise the early albums.and call black and everything after it crap. thats bullshit!all the records had good songs bad songs and great songs.killem had horseman,seek,and evil the rest were either good songs or worse.ride the lighting had bells and fade the other songs were good but not great.masters is the exception every song kicks ass.and justice has blackened,one,harvester,dyers eve and eye of the beholder are the great songs. the rest are just descent,the black album the great songs are many.sandman,unforgiven,matters,sad but true,misery,god that failed,and roam.now lets talk about load if you knock load down to 8 songs you got a great album.bitch,jack,sleeps,king,hero,bleeding,mamma,and one of metallicas best songs outlaw torn.reload has remains,fuel,unforgiven2,devils dance,fixxer all great songs
    and garage inc. i love this album if you dont like this album your not a metallica fan.stone cold crazy is enough to buy this album.from side one ther are 6 songs that will fucking kick your ass.and side 2 the stuff from garage days and b sides is fucking awsome.s&m no leave clover is one of metallicas best tunes.st.anger is there worst album.but frantic, unamed feeling and all within my hands will melt your fucking faces off!

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  19. 19 sebasbraz Aug 18th, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Shannon you are 100% right, finaly a comment that makes sens.

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  20. 20 Extension Of The Wish Aug 19th, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Shannon how can you claim “you people don’t know shit about what’s good Metallica” When you only name off two songs on “Ride The Lightning”, but you name off practically the whole Load album?! LOL, LOL, LOL. Like first off, you are fuckin’ retarded and your opinion is borderline mentally challenged. Secondly, “Ride The Lightning” is just as good as “Master Of Puppets”, you are telling me “Creeping Death”, “Ride The Lightning” and “Fight Fire With Fire” aren’t great Metallica songs?! What about “The Call Of Ktulu”?! Every song on Ride The Lightning is by far better than anything that was released on Load, or Reload, and well St. Anger… Put together for that matter.

    As for whoever was dropping that Kirk Hammett is a better guitarist than Dave Mustaine. They obviously have never listened to a Megadeth album in their life. Don’t you get sick of Kirk Hammett using a “cry baby” on every solo?? lol

    Anyways in the end Metallica and Megadeth have both gone downhill, and no matter how good Metallicas new album is… There are still a good handful of better metal bands out there doing their thing, not selling out, and making better music than Metallica has done in their entire career. Try picking up a Nevermore album and open your eyes to real music.

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  21. 21 Kyle Aug 20th, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Ok you fucking back stabing bitches enough. This isnt about what song is better,( and anybody who says the black album sux is a fucking retard, that was them at there peak, they paved the way for all the little bands that we listen to now, JAMES GAVE UP HIS VOICE AND MIND ON THE BLACK TOUR thats why they went down hill the fire wasnt there anymore, burned out.) Every single song from that band till load was epic. Load was great because it created a new way to hear metallica, I personaly like the change it was needed at that time, cuz people dont wanna just think about death all the time. Re Load is the first album of them I bought and I liked it cuz it was cool in that era. Now Garage days was great, no leaf clover great. St. Anger BAD! Its what u get when u(James) have to re hab and raise a family and let ur band write lyrics and this never talked about piece of shit who did wreck Metallica in the last years named bob rock produces ur songs and says everything sounds great, lars new it sucked but it had to be made to keep them going. Personally some of them songs could have been good if edited properly and coached write, but James didnt make that cd enough said. Now to all u lil bitches who r in doubht, go to you tube and type cyanide, and u can hear the future of metal coming of james pic cuz that song kicks major fucking ass, and I am sure that the other 9 will to. Now lets c here we r saying metallica sux since black album but why, could it be they were burned out from that epic tour, james voice n mind gone, bad producer, and oh yea age, they are fucking old u bastards , and they just re invented whats going to be cool, with this new album, Cyanide break this empty shell no more.

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  22. 22 This Reviewer = Loser Aug 20th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    haha, this guy cried like a baby over CYANIDE saying its aimless riffage of St Anger and the Chorus of Load and Reload. This guy is very selfish and narrow-minded in his review. waaaaaaah, lets get him a pacifire!!!

    As for the Sandman reference, i don’t hear it REVIEWER!!! I don’t know how they hire snobs in this field.

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  23. 23 Bob Aug 20th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    The guy who reviewed this album never gets laid like all those metallica bashers.

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  24. 24 Jeremy Aug 22nd, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    okay first and foremost i have to say that with the exception of “St. Anger” & “Re-Load), i LOVE every Metallica album! i personally think that “Load” was a great album that showed Metallica’s diversity. if you guys wanna complain about Metallica “selling out” you can start complaining when they made the video for “One” which is universally agreed as one of their finest songs. after that they made “The Black Album” which totally slowed down and was so far from any of their previous 4 albums that a first-time listener (such as myself when the album came out) could tell that they were even the same band! as i heard Lars once say (paraphrased), “if you want us to continually write songs like the “Master of Puppets” album, listen to Slayer…i couldn’t agree more! my favorite album is “Kill ‘Em All” but if they made 9 albums like that one i would get burned out and move on to other music. i’ve heard the first single off of “Death Magnetic” and it completely kicks ass! i counted so many parts in the song that pulled from previous songs (Fade to Black, One, The Unforgiven 2, The Outlaw Torn) that it takes me through the 20+ history of Metallica. i can’t wait for the album to drop. METAL UP YOUR ASS!!!!!!

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  25. 25 Gavin Aug 22nd, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Wow it’s great to hear people even discuss Metallica with such passion, after recent years of garbage that’s been put out, it just shows me the imprint that have left on metal. I will always have room in my Cd player for all the albums prior to the Load album. I don’t believe Metallica knows how to make a good heavy metal album anymore and until they can prove me wrong, I will have to look elsewhere for my metal fix.

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  26. 26 Marshall Aug 22nd, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Metallica is the greatest band ever. I personally disregard re-load and saint anger (black and load are both good). the original four albums are so masterful that they make up for whatever percieved crap theyve made since. cant wait for this album, and to see them live.

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  27. 27 Chaos Magnetic Aug 23rd, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I will only say this once….Dont ANY of you so called “metallica fans” DARE call yourself “Metallica fans” unless you embrace CHANGE AND DIVERSITY on EVERY SINGLE FUCKING ALBUM THEY HAVE DONE !!!!!!!!!!! black album/ Load / Reload / st. Anger ..EVERY SINGLE ONE A MASTERPEICE !!!!. unless you like EVERY SINGLE ALBUM …YOUR NO FUCKING METALLICA FAN …

    nuff said….

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  28. 28 Amadeus Aug 24th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Metallica sucks since 1996 with the Load Album
    Thats all

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  29. 29 djnapalm Aug 25th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I must say that for the first time I’m really suspicious about a new Metallica album. I’ve heard The Day That Never Comes, Cyanide and the small parts on their website. It seems a mix between Metallica / Iron Maiden / Mercyful Fate …. until now I don’t find really inventive …

    I thought that inspite of everything, especially the drums, St. Anger had some different aspects into it.

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  30. 30 Metallidan Aug 25th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I’m a massive metallica fan, seen em live a few times, own all the albums (obviously) but i have to say that blindly loving everything a band writes smacks a bit of not thinking for yourself (chaosmagnetic) there are songs i love (Puppets, battery, frayed ends and many more) however i found st anger completely lacking in inspiration an with nothing to say and i even (whisper it…) dont like every track on lightning an am not a fan of welcome home. Isn’t it weird having your own opinion an thinkin for yourself??!) A band shouldnt write just for the sake of writing, thats when you end up with the mediocre stuff. You are a metallica fan when you spend yer hard earned cash on their music, you are a metallica fan when you pay good money to see em live (an they always serve your moneys worth back to you) an you have the right to judge the cd you purchase. you dont have the right to judge people because they dont like certain things i.e albums. Change an diversity is good though. An dare i say it i enjoy the 4/5 song on re-load an think bleeding me is one of their standout tracks. all am sayin is enjoy what YOU do an let others enjoy what THEY do. tolerance. is. wonderful.

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  31. 31 claud Aug 25th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    to all u fake posers “EETFUK”.How boring would it be to hear the same style over and over again.Embrace change and diversity.How can u tell me u like early metallica yet not be influenced by their later stuff,then say im a big fan.Theres more than just the music to be a fan of.What about the talents of each member of the band.Being a fan to me means growing with the band,which means embracing change,i mean for fuck sake,these cats arent 17yrs old anymore…..

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  32. 32 claud Aug 25th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    How can u treat pioneers of heavy metal with this disrespect.Who are u to say what influences their lives,to create music.”posers”.Go listen to your alternative crap if u dont like change.

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  33. 33 Evil John Aug 27th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Well at last a little TAL to brighten up my otherwise boring hashing and rehashing of in all honestly the most boring few years of ye old metal, life has had to offer. With the exception of the DioSabbath reunion my metal brain has been a sleep for ages. I liked load and metallica (but mainly all the albums before these)but reload was shit. Stanger could have been recorded by a monkey. I fucked around with my sterio for ages trying to squeeze a decent sound out of it but this was difficult enough for me to toss it after my love affair with”the unnamed feeling” ended. Nice to here the farmiliar chunk in the bits i squeezed out of the net of Death magnet. Sounds tasty. But even if it just not bad, I will have a cow of excitement of some actual music delivered in these times of NEED!!!

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  34. 34 BAAAAAARGH Aug 28th, 2008 at 1:27 am

    “these cats arent 17yrs old anymore…..”

    I wish they were cats. Then I would’ve forgiven them for making load and Reload. Fortunately, I stayed clear of St. Anger.

    YAY KITTIES!!!!

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  35. 35 Big Al Aug 29th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I really think St.Anger is a great album. I hated it when i first listened to it. Then, about a year thereafter, I watched some kind of monster. That made me listen to the album in a different context. It is such a good album. It is different. And that is why people didn’t (and don’t) like it initially. But give it a chance. I find the best albums are the ones that I do not like initially. It shows that the band has progressed. It would have been so easy for them to adhere to their formula. They didn’t. They went further. The result is genius. St. Anger, some kind of monster, invisible kid, sweet amber (wow), and, my favourite, the unnamed feeling. Go listen to it again!

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  36. 36 tyrande Sep 1st, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Thing is,that 4 first albums are masterpieces but dont disrespect the rest of the albums. There are many great songs there too.And take in mind,like it or not, Metallica is a commercial band and for the sake of not making their fans get bored. So they changed their style many times. And u all ppl know that whatever quiality the new album will be all ppl will buy it.Just because it is Metallica the name is enough.

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  37. 37 MetalladaM Sep 2nd, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Everywhere you go, people say the same thing. You’ve got a handfull of people saying ‘Metallica were way better in the 80s, and everything after that was shit.’ Then you’ve got people saying ‘The black album is the best album ever’ and you’ve got people who like Load era Metallica.

    For God’s sake, its the same hit, over and over again.

    You either like Metallica, or you don’t. I’ve never known a band cause so much commotion, especially just before releasing a new album.

    Personally, I see the strengths of EVERY Metallica album, and I enjoy them all. None of them are ’shit’, but some of them aren’t as good as the others. After 91, Metallica became a lot more accessible to newer fans. Call selling out if you want, nobody cares. The fact is, if they hadn’t have changed, half the people waiting for Death Magnetic would have never heard of them.

    We’re all armchair quaterbacks here, lets just leave the music making to the professionals. And if you don’t like Metallica, go listen to Judas Priest, Arch Enemy, or Iron Maiden or Trivium. There’s plenty decent bands out there, just stop bitching about Metallica like they stabbed you in the back or something.

    They’re unquestionably one of the top 5 metal bands of all time, period. There is no argument. The fact that they’re still releasing music is fucking awesome, and I won’t get stuck in 1986, because I need to hear new songs. Here they are. Enjoy them. Or go elsewhere.

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  38. 38 Eric Sep 3rd, 2008 at 4:47 am

    This is just my own personal opinion, but after the Black album, the band took a turn that most fans didn’t like, including myself. To me, they took a alternative/blues music approach to their songs, which this band is not known for, which makes people like myself shake my head and think, “What the hell went wrong?” Even if the band was burnt, did they need to change the music of the band? I say no or they should have said “Metallica’s done.”

    True, your not going to be thrash metal 100% of the time, but, I think they should have taken the success of the Black album and ran with it, along with the musical tones. Sure, it’s slower, but it still had the metal sound and had some great riffs which I loved, and I think most fans would have appreciated. Instead, we’re stuck with Metallica being, to me, just like Alice in Chains.

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  39. 39 Fabio Sep 3rd, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I listened to the whole album and :
    It doesn’t really sound as a copy of KEA, RTL, MOP, AJFA. None of these. Instead, it sounds as a sum of all the styles they adopted in their life as a band; so you’re gonna get James singing sometimes “St.Anger style”, sometimes “Load/Re-Load” style, sometimes just screaming. You’re gonna get old style instrumental parts but mashed with other influences taken through their whole career and only in a few parts you’ll hear the deja-vu. It’s definitely not a masterpiece, but it’s not crap either, and for the moment i prefer the second part of the album, taking “The Judas Kiss” as the highlight (”bow down, sell your soul..” etc). Some songs sound as they were a cut ‘n’ paste jam thing (something that killed St.Anger), but there’s more variety so you’re never gonna get bored. If i had to make a best/worst poll, i’d say
    -best: That Was Just Your Life, All Nightmare Long, The Judas Kiss, My Apocalypse
    -worst: The End Of The Line (maybe it’s me, but in certain parts it sounded to me as a bad copy of Creeping Death and in others a bad copy of something else.. and i never liked “Death Is Not The End” which this song has some parts), Cyanide.
    Then, side note: The Unforgiven III, beside the title, has nothing to do musically with the previous ones.. why not change some lyrics and the title?

    In the end, i’d say it’s a very good effort from Metallica even with some weak moments, i really think this is the best they can give right now. an 8 out of 10.

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  40. 40 ArchEnemy Sep 3rd, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I am listening to the new Metallica album as I write. So far, I really liked Broken, Beat and Scarred and All Nightmare Long as I find them not as much as a return to their roots but as an expression of a new found freedom. From Bob Rock, from high expectations, from internal conflict. The Day That Never Comes must be familiar by now to all Metallica fans but I have to say that the album production (clean sound, no clicks, etc) makes it truly a Metallica song. Cyanide draws much inspiration from the Justice album but it’s not a great song as it really gets monotone. Cutting it down to about 4 minutes might have been a good idea. The intro to the Unforgiven III reminds me of the Good, The Bad and The Ugly theme we all got used to. So far (remember, I write as I listen to the album) this song features James’ best vocal effort - kinda reminds me of Load and ReLoad’s best (Outlaw Torn, Bleeding Me). Very good song, great solo work by Mr. Hammett, I didn’t realize how 8 minutes have just passed. Judas Kiss now. This one is Lars Ulrich’s show as he managed to destroy my conviction that he is a “has been”. Much could (and should) have been done on his part on the previous songs of this album. Here and then the odd Justice theme or master harmonics help make this tune a very good one indeed. Kirk’s doing it again, i’m sold! Suicide and Redemption now, with a good intro workout by Mr. Trujillo, followed by a midtempo mediocre riff that is becoming a bit irritating. Now it really pisses me off as I’m waiting for 3 minutes for something to happen! and, oh my god, it does!… Not good… The riff has come back now, doubled by some nice guitar melody… The riff is gone now as the whole thing seems it has sped up. Is this a instrumental song? It has to be, I’m almost 7 minutes into it already. It is. The Justice progression again. Now we go old style with a War Pigs thingy that seems utterly forced. Verdict: poor. My Apocalypse… well y’all know it by now - a good song if you live in 1985. The first 2 tracks (That Was Just Your Life and The end Of The Line) are good for their latest standard but will never make it into my top 30 Metallica songs. All in all a decent album and (I keep my fingers crossed) a sign of good things to come. Just like Fabio said: 8 out of 10.

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  41. 41 Earl Sep 4th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Death Magnetic is the upcoming ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It is scheduled for release on September 12, 2008 by Warner Bros. Records.[1] The album will be the band’s first to feature current bassist Robert Trujillo, and the first to be produced by Rick Rubin.[2] Death Magnetic also marks the first time in the band’s history in which all band members contributed to each song on an album, and is the first album in twenty years to feature an instrumental track, since … And Justice for All. It will be their first studio album released through Warner Bros., although they still remain with Warner Music Group, which also owns Elektra Records, the band’s previous label.

    Since May 12, 2008 (2008-05-12), the album has been heavily promoted on its specially dedicated website, entitled Mission: Metallica, which features daily updates of exclusive, behind-the-scenes sneak previews with photos and video clips from the studio.[3] On June 14, 2008 (2008-06-14), the album’s official title was announced, followed by the revealing of its cover art on July 17, 2008 (2008-07-17), which depicts a metallic coffin with a black and white design around it (representing iron filings in a magnetic field). The cover also features a slightly altered version of the original Metallica logo, used on the band’s first five albums. Although the album doesn’t have a title track, the words “death magnetic” are mentioned in the song “My Apocalypse”.

    Album title

    On July 16, 2008 (2008-07-16), James Hetfield commented on the album’s title:
    “ Death Magnetic, at least the title, to me [...] started out as kind of a tribute to people that have fallen in our business, like Layne Staley and a lot of the people that have died, basically — rock and roll martyrs of sorts. And then it kind of grew from there, thinking about death… some people are drawn towards it, and just like a magnet, [and] other people are afraid of it and push away. And the concept that we’re all gonna die sometimes is over-talked about and then a lot of times never talked about — no one wants to bring it up; it’s the big white elephant in the living room. But we all have to deal with it at some point.[4] ”

    Writing process

    As early as January 16, 2004 (2004-01-16), Metallica frontman and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield revealed that the band had roughly 18 songs that did not see release on their 2003 album St. Anger, and that they may be reworked in the future, if not potentially released as is. Hetfield also said that they had been playing new material during studio jams, but that there was no mention of plans for a ninth studio album as of yet.[5] On March 12, 2004 (2004-03-12), drummer Lars Ulrich reported that the band had performed thirty-minute jam sessions prior to live performances, and that the jams are recorded for future reference. Select music from the jam sessions may be used on the album, as Ulrich stated, “I definitely look forward to sifting through some of that stuff when we get back to the studio in January.”[6] On that note, by October 2004 the band had already compiled nearly 50 hours of pre-set jamming, with hundreds of riffs, chord progressions and bass lines.[7] On September 30, 2004 (2004-09-30), Launch Radio revealed from an interview with Hetfield that the band hoped to return to the studio in spring of 2005 to begin recording their ninth studio album for Warner Bros. Records.[8]

    On March 10, 2006 (2006-03-10), it was reported that the band was planning to use the following six months to write material for the album, in addition to the previous two months they had already been spending writing music. It was also revealed that Ulrich, Hetfield and Robert Trujillo were active contributors in the process at this point; guitarist Hammett was an infrequent contributor due to his wife’s pregnancy. [9] Lars Ulrich also stated that the band was getting along much better in the studio than they did during the recording of their 2003 album St. Anger.[10] On April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16), Lars Ulrich revealed that the band had composed “six to seven” songs, (except for vocals), from their findings of the riff tapes recording during pre-sets of the Madly in Anger with the World tour.[11] He also said that by this point, the band’s new material was reminiscent of “old school” Metallica works, and that it certainly does not feel like a St. Anger “part two”.

    On May 20, 2006 (2006-05-20), Kirk Hammett revealed that the band had 15 songs written and were writing on average two to three songs per week. James Hetfield also praised producer Rick Rubin for his production style in giving the band their own freedom and keeping the pressure at a minimum, despite the sessions becoming sometimes briefly unfocused.[12] On May 27, 2006 (2006-05-27), Metallica updated their website with a video featuring information regarding the album. Lars Ulrich, who spearheaded the video, said about the new album:
    “ If you’re in the studio, everybody presumes you’re recording or making a record [...]. Last time there was no real separation between the writing process and the recording process. [With] St. Anger nobody brought in any pre-recorded stuff or ideas; it was just make it up on the spot, be in the moment [...]. So this time we are doing exactly what we did on all the other albums — first we’re writing, then we’re recording. The only difference is [...] that we’re writing where we record. So we’re writing here at HQ because this is our home, [...] we’re writing in the studio.[13] ”

    Recording process

    On January 17, 2007 (2007-01-17), Lars Ulrich stated in an interview with Revolver that the band would be conceiving the album much like they did their albums prior to working with ex-producer Bob Rock; they would sit down, write a select amount of songs, then enter the studio to record them. He also quoted current producer Rick Rubin by saying Rubin doesn’t want them to start the recording process until every song that they are going to record is as close to 100 percent as possible.[14]

    On March 5, 2007 (2007-03-05), Lars Ulrich revealed that the band had narrowed a potential 25 songs down to 14, and that they would begin recording those 14 songs on the following week. He also expanded on Rick Rubin’s style of production, saying,
    “ Rick’s big thing is to kind of have all these songs completely embedded in our bodies and basically next Monday, on D-Day, just go in and execute them [...]. So you leave the creative element of the process out of the recording, so you go in and basically just record a bunch of songs that you know inside out and upside down, and you don’t have to spend too much of your energy in the recording studio creating and thinking and analyzing and doing all that stuff. His whole analogy is, the recording process becomes more like a gig — just going in and playing and leaving all the thinking at the door.[15] ”

    On March 14, 2007 (2007-03-14), the band’s official website issued a statement: “Metallica left the comfort of HQ this week to descend upon the greater Los Angeles area to begin recording their ninth original album. This is the first time they’ve recorded outside of the Bay Area since they spent time at One-on-One Studios recording The Black Album in ‘90 and ‘91.”[16] This was confirmed on July 24, 2008 (2008-07-24) on Mission: Metallica, as a video surfaced showed the crew moving into Sound City Studios of Nirvana fame.[17]

    On June 4, 2007 (2007-06-04), bassist Robert Trujillo revealed that only select portions of the two new songs debuted in Berlin and Tokyo respectively will be featured on the album.[18] To the surprise of fans, Metallica played “The Other New Song” once again on June 29, 2007 in Bilbao, Spain.

    On July 1, 2007 (2007-07-01), Lars Ulrich stated that all backing tracks were done in May. He said that all that the album was missing were vocals and overdubs, which were to be recorded in August. They hope to have finished the album by October or November, when the album will be mixed.[19] He predicted the album would be out in February 2008. He also revealed that the songs they are working with are quite long. By December 2007, it was reported by Rolling Stone, that overdubs and Hetfield’s vocals still had yet to be recorded. On January 21, 2008 (2008-01-21), through pictures on Metclub.com’s “Top Secret” section, it has been revealed that Hetfield began recording vocals for the album.

    On February 29, 2008 (2008-02-29), according to Sterlingsound.com, it was discovered that Ted Jensen from Sterling Sound Studios would be mastering the new record. Supposedly, he signed on to do it on August 24, 2006 (2006-08-24). Their name has since been removed from Ted Jensen’s list of projects, however.[20] According to Blabbermouth.net and other sources, Greg Fidelman, who has served as an sound engineer, has also been tapped to mix the album.[21]

    Lars Ulrich confirmed on May 15, 2008 (2008-05-15) that Metallica recorded 11 songs for Death Magnetic, although only 10 will appear on the album due to the constraints of the physical medium.[22]

    In an interview with a Turkish television station prior to Metallica’s concert in Istanbul this year, James Hetfield confirmed that an instrumental will appear on Death Magnetic, since revealed to be “Suicide & Redemption.”[23]

    Release

    In January 2008 (2008-01), a statement was made by Stereo Warning that the album would be delayed until September of 2008,[24] but was quickly denied by Metallica’s management since an album without a defined release date can not be “delayed.” The album, which was since completed on August 10, 2008 (2008-08-10),[25] is now scheduled for release on September 12, 2008 (2008-09-12), and will be issued in a variety of different packages. On September 2, 2008, a French record store allegedly began selling copies of Death Magnetic, nearly two weeks ahead of its scheduled worldwide release date.[26] It is currently unconfirmed whether Metallica or Warner Bros. will be taking any action against the retailer.

    Release versions

    * Experience 2

    Digital download of Death Magnetic at 320 kbit/s, ringtones, two live shows, additional two hours of exclusive “making of” footage, 250 photos. Also includes exclusive Mission: Metallica footage of the writing and recording of Death Magnetic, as well as riffs and excerpts from it, exclusive photos and live tracks.

    * Experience 3

    A physical copy of Death Magnetic CD. Also includes the same extras as Experience 2.

    * Experience 4

    A set of Death Magnetic on five vinyl LP albums, in a 180-gram box, with five individual sleeves and a Mission: Metallica lithograph. Also includes the same extras as Experience 2 and 3.

    * The Box Magnetic

    A collector’s edition white coffin-shaped box, available in three different sizes (M, L, or XL), which includes a Death Magnetic CD in a special carton box, an additional CD with 10 demos of the songs from the album,[27] a DVD of additional “making of” footage not seen on Mission: Metallica, an exclusive t-shirt with the Death Magnetic logo, a flag, guitar picks, a fold out coffin-shaped poster with the members of Metallica,[27] and a collector’s credit card with a code for a free download of a performance in Europe in September.[28]

    First songs performed

    During their Escape from the Studio ‘06 tour, the band debuted two songs, temporarily titled “The New Song”[29] and “The Other New Song”.[30] “The New Song” debuted on the European leg in Berlin, Germany on June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06). The song, as performed, is approximately eight minutes long. The title was rumored to be “Death Is Not the End” as Hetfield repeatedly sings the line throughout the song.[29] This song would appear again in multiple Fly on the Wall videos on the Mission: Metallica website, showing the band partway through the song’s recording, as noted by the slower tempo and lack of lyrics. “The Other New Song” debuted August 12, 2006 (2006-08-12) in Tokyo, Japan, and is much shorter, taking just below four minutes to perform.[30]

    On August 9, 2008 (2008-08-09), Metallica debuted the first album track, “Cyanide,” at Ozzfest, in Dallas, Texas, and on August 22 at the Leeds Festival, they debuted the first single, “The Day That Never Comes.”

    Digital premiere through video games

    In an October 2007 (2007-10) interview with the creators of the Rock Band video game, it was stated that Metallica has given rights to MTV Games, the game’s publisher, to have the first single off Death Magnetic available for playability on the game before the album’s release.[31] The band have since revealed the first album’s first single to be “The Day That Never Comes.”

    On July 14, 2008 (2008-07-14), it was revealed at the Microsoft E3 demonstration, that the entire Death Magnetic album would be made playable for the game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock at the time when the album is released, and later in October, in the new Guitar Hero game, Guitar Hero World Tour.[32]

    Reception

    In a 2007 interview with Rolling Stone, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum described his impressions of the unfinished songs:
    “ Lars is a good friend of mine. He played me the demos from San Francisco, and I turned and looked at him and I said, ‘Master that shit and put it out.’ It’s ridiculous. The demos were sick. Eight-minute songs, all these tempo changes, crazy fast. It’s like, ‘Dude, don’t get slower when you get older, but don’t get faster!? How are you gonna play this live?’ And then me and Lars were out partying all night, and he had to go in the studio the next day and do this stupid like nine- or ten-minute song, and I was laughing at him — because he played me the demo of it, and it was [sings really fast drum part], so fast. I called him, and said, ‘Dude, how are you feeling?’ He was like, ‘Dude, I’m hurting.’ They’re cutting everything to tape, no flippin’ Pro Tools — live, no clicks.[33] ”

    Six of Death Magnetic’s ten tracks were revealed to members of the UK music press at a listening party on June 4, 2008 (2008-06-04), where it was confirmed that there are two eight minute songs present on the album.

    The album’s first single, “The Day That Never Comes”, is described as the most downbeat track on the album, and is said to be reminiscent of their 1990 Grammy-winning epic breakthrough single “One;” Rock Sound has also compared it to the likes of Thin Lizzy.[34] The band have abandoned the solo-free approach that they followed on St. Anger, returning to complex, multi-layered arrangements such as those typically found on the band’s fourth album …And Justice for All.[35]

    Thrash Hits was one of the first websites, along with The Quietus to comment on Death Magnetic[36], suggesting “it is a vast improvement on 2003 album St Anger.” Metal Hammer has noted on Death Magnetic’s “sharp riffs” and “uncharacteristic bouncing grooves,” and compares the band’s sound throughout these six tracks to other bands including Slayer, Led Zeppelin and even Rage Against the Machine.[37]

    While Metallica was on the first leg of its 2008 tour in Europe, a third party at Metallica’s management Q Prime demanded that media impressions and blogs be taken down for reasons undefined. However, when notified upon their return to the United States, the band was reportedly angered by their management’s demands, and drummer Lars Ulrich rectified this issue by posting as many links as Metallica could find on their official website, along with an apology.[38]

    Track listing

    1. “That Was Just Your Life” 7:08
    2. “The End of the Line” 7:52
    3. “Broken, Beat & Scarred” 6:25
    4. “The Day That Never Comes” 7:56
    5. “All Nightmare Long” 7:57
    6. “Cyanide” 6:39
    7. “The Unforgiven III” 7:46
    8. “The Judas Kiss” 8:00
    9. “Suicide & Redemption” 9:57
    10. “My Apocalypse” 5:01

    CODE
    http://rapidshare.com/files/142424391/Metallica_-_Death_Magnetic__2008_.rar

    note: I was told that this was a genuine 320kbps mp3 rip, if anyone can verify, that would be great thanks.

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  42. 42 JOe Sep 4th, 2008 at 4:16 am

    This reviewer is a joke.

    He said Judas Kiss is boring? It just shows how people like him should be given the time to preview these songs. It’s far from boring.

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  43. 43 Danny Sep 5th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    The reason why so many fans are so argumentative just shows how far Metallica have reached out. There are so many different opinions becos of the huge age gap of Met fans. People been saying in forums that they have been listening to Met for 10 yrs, which if you think bout it…aint that much. One of those people is me, so iv only had the joy of anticipating a new album only twice (anger, DM). This will be alot more exciting for ‘us’ than the older generation die hard fans who have experienced album releases like Puppets, Lightning and Justice (and im jealous of you guys who did, cos the music must have blown your minds away and that time).

    So I think we shud all just forget the arguments on the album and just pay the respect on how far Metallica has gone through the years and what their music can do to a person. I mean this album is good, and hopefully a newbie would come along and pick it up…and think ‘wow’…then slowly track back through their older albums and be even more WOW!! I mean this is what happen to me 10 yrs ago and I think this album would have the same affect to any newcomers. (I picked up S&M as my first Met album and thought if they were that f-ing good with a symphony, they must be awesome without one)

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  44. 44 stu Sep 5th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    this cock banging about how metallica sold out or whatever has to stop man.Ive spent the evening searching for these songs, like i did back in the with cassettes n the radio.john kenny metalshow, hit record and then check songs out.9 times outta 10 you buy the album.
    i will be buying death magnetic.
    I cant listen to a record without reading the artwork it came in.
    This album gave me the same buzz i got as a 16 yr old cos of the magnitude of the band n their body of work.
    im sick of page after page of arguing i found so far.
    this post saved the day.

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  45. 45 Vance Sep 6th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Am i the only person who can enjoy Megadeth and Metallica? Both have had their ups and downs but theyre the 2 greatest bands ever. Both of them have good tunes on EVERY SINGLE ALBUM. People down United Abominations but have you guys listened to it? Washington is next Sleepwalker Burnt ice are all badass. Aside from St. Anger every metallica album is badass.People down load and reload, sure it wasnt all great, but there was good tunes. Songs like untill it sleeps king nothin or on reload the unforgiven 2 or the memory remains. Megadeth and Metallica are the fucking masters of heavy metal and people need to stfu if they feel otherwise. And, btw Death Magnetic kicks ass.

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  46. 46 Dude Sep 7th, 2008 at 6:15 am

    I can’t get over how many people didn’t like St. Anger, personally it was nice to hear little more speed and some “heavy” riffs for a change, sure like some other albums it did have some shit I could foward past but man, Frantic, Anger, Monster….Classic!! Death Magnetic (the 6 songs we can hear right now) sounds good to me and ALL OF YOU know you’re buying it! I say—-> Enjoy anything new by Metallica!

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  47. 47 jdub Sep 8th, 2008 at 7:51 am

    I got the new album the whole thing is pretty awesome. The four they didnt release are all better than the six that were released

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  48. 48 Tronous Sep 8th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I am still not over St. Anger and will not be buying this album or any other future release. Until James and Lars stop stroking eachother this band will continue to suck. I have said many times before and sill believe that all the talent died with Cliff….R.I.P

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  49. 49 Magno Sep 8th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Metallica sound tired now. They’re making songs that no really longer capture what they were about. Being a professional musician I’ve listened to various songs and they’re played without real feeling or it’s just lost in the production. Metallica at times had the X factor that sets a band apart. That’s why their songs off the early albums were haunting [esp after the departure of Mustaine and their first bass player].

    Even if you’re into Depeche Mode or not, their Black Celebration album, like Metallica’s Justice For All was a landmark album. It had the X factor.

    If you listen to the first garage days EP, that captured a live feeling they’ve never really got back to.

    Some bands have it, but I think Metallica’s mojo is now a mini me!

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    The Wulf Reply:

    @Magno, Hey dude…….you my friend, are a fucking poser.
    Yes you.
    X factor???
    You are a joke sir.
    If you can tell it’s them……then they still have it……ya freak.
    Get a real life.

    You remind me of all of the losers out there who just can’t enjoy metal in any form.
    You gotta pick, poke and prod at it.
    And you smirk and point your bitch ass nose in the air and think you know shit.
    So you’re a pro…..big fuckin’ deal.
    I’m a fan.

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  50. 50 Geekzkrieg Sep 10th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    managed to listen to the whole album and so far am not really that happy with it, i have a full review for each song here: http://geekzkrieg.com/metallicas-death-magnetic-reviewed/

    thanks!

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  51. 51 Jaymz Sep 10th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Just Listened too the Whole Album a couple of times.

    I am pretty much a die hard metallica fan…I like everything they release. St. Anger is by far the weakest album they have released, and the albums have been getting weaker since Black. They got Stronger from Kill to Justice, weakened from black to Anger.

    Personally, I got tingles when listening too parts of this album, something I haven’t gotten since Justice. There is definatly an old school influence, but worked too sound modern. Personally I think this is the best album in 20 years. Out of the 10 songs….6 are magnificent, 2 are half-decent too good, and 2 are slow.

    Just too put it into a classification…first number is magnificent, 2nd is good, 3rd is slow.
    Kill: 4/6/0
    Ride: 6/2/0
    Puppets: 7/0/1
    Justice: 8/1/0
    Black: 4/4/4
    Load: 2/6/6
    Re-Load: 1/6/6
    St. Anger: 2/2/7
    Death: 6/2/2

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  52. 52 Luke Sep 10th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    The only song I don’t care for on the new album is The Unforgiven III. All the rest are really good, my favorite so far is Broken, Beat & Scarred, the riffs on this song are just incredible. Track 2 sounds like a hidden track that should have been on Justice and the Instrumental is just some guys rockin’ out and having a great time. It’s refreshing to have one of the greatest bands of all time release a good cd for the first time since the Black Album.

    9/10

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  53. 53 Iceman Sep 11th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Metallica will always be a heavy metal legend to me like Sabbath. I dont expect them to play heavy metal the way they did it 15 - 20 years ago. The folks are getting old and they have nothing to prove anymore. I have the album already and so far I’m enjoying it because it’s making me bang my head at times. Hammett is back. The album is combination of all the albums they released. There are noticeable justice riffs, kill em all solos and the classic Hetfield growls. It’s worth having it. Just don’t expect this album to be a Master of Puppets 2 album… it’s not.

    Happy Listening ;-)

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  54. 54 Earl Sep 11th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Metallica - Death Magnetic (2008)

    Genuine 320kbps mp3 download from Mission Metallica

    Track listing

    1. “That Was Just Your Life” 7:08
    2. “The End of the Line” 7:52
    3. “Broken, Beat & Scarred” 6:25
    4. “The Day That Never Comes” 7:56
    5. “All Nightmare Long” 7:57
    6. “Cyanide” 6:39
    7. “The Unforgiven III” 7:46
    8. “The Judas Kiss” 8:00
    9. “Suicide & Redemption” 9:57
    10. “My Apocalypse” 5:01

    http://rapidshare.com/files/144460671/Metallica_-_Death_Magnetic__2008__MM320.rar

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  55. 55 DK34 Sep 11th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I give 8,5/10. It is not perfect but it is awesome! A good mix of old Metallica Stuff with new Soul.You wanna headbang? Go for ” All nightmare long” or “My apocalypse”. You wanna little slow? “Day that never comes” and “Unforgiven 3″ gonna make you happy. You want to have the best time , next time you see the guys live on stage? You can not ressist “The Judas Kiss” ^^ . Sorry for my shitty english i am from germany and need a little more practice again . Everybody gives this album under 6/10 ,go fudge yourselfs and hear Hanna Montana and some Disney metall!

    Metall up your A….!

    DK

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  56. 56 TruMetalliFan Sep 12th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I find it truly interesting how quick people are to write off everything after Justice. And Justice For All was the First Metallica album I owned, followed by Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, and so on. I was surprised and yet still elated by the Black Album, and a little confused by Load and Reload at first. Eventually I came to enjoy each album for different reasons.

    Of all Metallicas albums, the only one I can’t bring myself to listen to is St. Anger. I generally skip past the songs if they appear in my playlist unless I am really in the mood. They just don’t have that staying power.

    After hearing Death Magnetic I have to say I am amazed at the return to the roots for Metallica. It sounds to me like they are ranging from anywhere between Kill ‘em All to the Black Album. I can even forgive the slight lean towards St. Anger in All Nightmare Long. To me, this album feels like a tribute to where Metallica has come from and gone to. All the hooks to riffs and solos from older songs is pure genius. Had me loving this album from the first listen.

    If you are a true Metallifan and enjoy the Thrash as well as the Ballad styles that Metallica has become renowned for, then you should definitely get this album. It is well worth the journey through time that it evokes.

    Rock On!

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  57. 57 wolflover Sep 12th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I just got my cd in the mail yesterday as I pre-ordered from the fan club….I only listened to it on the way to work this morning…no opinions yet…I have to listen to a cd a couple of times first…I love all of Metallica’s albums except for St. Anger…I actually bought it, listened to it, then gave it to a friend’s son…garbage…I can’t wait for their tour!

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  58. 58 Dimitry Sep 12th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    first of all, it’s not a Master 2, but it is one of the best Metal albums of the last 15 years.
    If you like metal Buy it!! Metallica fans will have different opinions, but they were spoiled!
    The album we were needed to keep our Metal spirit up! Metal Up your ..ss!

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  59. 59 nick Sep 15th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Well … im am a metallica fan since day one. And a fan of many other groups that emerged that time. Anthrax, venom, slayer, megadeth, testament, coroner, annihilator etc etc… we would buy any metal record that time since cds, or internet didnt exist. Of all the groups we use to hear Metallica was always the one ……….. (THE ONE) always was, is, and will be. No matter what people say no matter what comments they will post. If you dont appreciate the history and the contribution of the greatest group EVER then your a pop music guy and you should stick to that. As for their new album …. History is repeated!! Perfection is redefined.
    Any hardcore metal fan will appreciate the sound and lyrics of this amazing piece of art. 100% ear smashing metal , amazing solos , meaningful lyrics 100% METALLICA

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  60. 60 Krehator Sep 15th, 2008 at 1:51 am

    I could not stand anything after the Black album. Honestly, it was all pure trash and void of real effort. This Album is a return to old school. It’s noticeable and I can hear it clearly. It’s better than the past handful albums BUT not nearly as good as the old albums.

    Yeah, I’m glad that the band has decided to go back to it’s old 80’s style but I think it hasn’t reached down deep enough. The sound is like the older albums but not one of them is a hit. They’re all just fast jams with words. There is no catchy rhythm that is found in many of the classic hits. It’s almost as if the band is trying to hard, beating away at their instruments, and hoping to ignite something great. Unfortunately it just doesn’t happen.

    I’ve tried to listen to each song numerous times, hoping that something will hit a chord but its not there. I can’t see myself digging through the car for this album when I’m in need of a Metallica fix.

    I dunno, maybe they’ve truly lost it and will never find themselves again. I’m hoping this is just a first attempt at recapturing their old style. Hopefully they’ll knock off some of the rust and find their creativity once again.

    I rate this album above average for the band but that’s not significant when you consider how many poor albums got into the calculation.

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  61. 61 herk Sep 16th, 2008 at 4:54 am

    this album sucks.listen to ride the lighting and compare. megadeath is far better.

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  62. 62 jondoe666 Sep 16th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Welcome back METAl GODZ!!!!!! Brilliant album, just LOVE it !!!! 10/10

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  63. 63 Wallruss Sep 16th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    First off, to those people who get their panties in a bunch over “real Metallica fans”, get a freakin’ life, ya losers! What, you’re cooler than me cuz you like all the albums? Fat, rich, complacent bands like this one depend on followers like you to keep them rich, fat and complacent, so congrats on allowing your favorite bands to SUCK. If Metallica farted on record, you’d say it was awesome.
    That said, this album would have made the Black album a let surprising, cuz it sounds like the “between” version of Metallica. It has some kick-ass riffs, the best track is “All Nightmare Long”, and a lot of filler in “Cyanide”. Why Metallica feels the obsessive need to fill all 78 mins of a disc, I will never understand. The last time I got thru any of their discs in one sitting was when I was in high school and had nothing else to do, back in ’88. lol
    Good album, not great, maybe they next one will be better.

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  64. 64 Luke Sep 18th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    After listening to this album for the past week, I can’t get enough of it. I catch myself singing the riffs in my head, and it won’t go away. A metallica album hasn’t done that since the Black album for me and that’s enough proof for me that this is a great album. I’ve liked it more and more the more I listen to it. The only song I consider “filler” is Suicide and Redemption and maybe some of Unforgiven III. My favorite song is still Track 3, Broken Beat and Scarred. If you can’t appreciate this album, I feel sorry for you, it’s great.

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  65. 65 american firefighter Sep 19th, 2008 at 5:28 am

    broken beat and scarred rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The Wulf Reply:

    @american firefighter
    Fuckin’ A!!!!

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  66. 66 Wolfnhogs Sep 20th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    You know Im not truely a die hard Metallica fan, but I own all their albums and as for some of these reviewers I agree and I disagree with them. I as well have the new album and I’d have to say yes its a mix of the old school Metallica we all loved, yet it sounds as if they are trying to hard. If they just relax and let it come we could all enjoy the old Metallica. I guess Im just wrapped up in what I grew up to love. I think when Anger album came out I for one was ashamed with the album, it wasn’t that Metallica I liked. I listened to the album once and tossed it away, then went and rebought it just to say I have it. If anyone ever actually listened to the live show of Metallica when they were about to release the death magnitude album you would have known Anger was one of their worst selling albums, they said so them selves. For one I am grateful that the album didnt scar them. Its great to see Metallica try to get back to the old, but after listening to it I’d have to say they don’t have it in them no more. As for the azz that said the Unforgiven III sucked because it was to slow if you ever actually listened to words of the song you might think different!

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  67. 67 The Wulf Sep 21st, 2008 at 4:09 am

    I fuckin’ love it.
    Need anything else be said?

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  68. 68 Scatterass Sep 22nd, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Welllll, let’s just say that it took them four albums (five if you count S&M) to fully suck, so this is one step back in the right direction. Unfortunately, they probably won’t be around long enough to fully return to their glory days. Whatever their glory days were. In the now twenty years (!!!!!!) since Justice was released, I have fallen away from them a bit. At one point, they could do no wrong in my eyes. I don’t even listen to them very often anymore, except Kill ‘Em All and Master of Puppets. The funny thing is, I still listen to all of my Slayer and Anthrax albums. I never was a big Megadeth fan- except for Rust In Piece, which I think is one of the top five greatest albums ever recorded- but I even listen to them more than Metallica. Led Zeppelin had their “In through the Out Door”, Sabbath had their “Seventh Star”, Maiden had their Blaze Baylee years, and Metallica had the 1990’s. Some say that the mid 90s Metallica was the best. I personally disagree, and after having four straight masterful THRASH albums (five if you count the ORIGINAL Garage Days), Black was a total letdown. I remember the night that I opened up the tape and put it in the player. I felt like my dog died. The thing that I knew and loved was gone. Sure, I learned to “like” Black, but even Load was a total departure from Black. They’re nothing alike in any way.
    Let’s face it: Black and everything forward just ain’t the Metallica that I knew. So, is this album worth owning? Yep. I like a few of the songs quite a bit, I can live with some of the others, and one of them (I’ll let you figure out which) is a turd that belonged on an album ten years ago, when they were experimenting with their feelings.
    Check out Testament’s newest album, The Formation of Damnation, or Exodus’ newest Album, The Atrocity Exhibition, or even Kreator’s newest Enemy of God, to find out where Thrash Metal went in the last twenty years. It’s still alive and kicking, and doing pretty well.

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  69. 69 Metallicahater Sep 23rd, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Don’t care bout these sell-outs. Once a sell-out, always a sell-out.

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  70. 70 Mike Sep 28th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Like many of you I bought the CD, almost expecting to be disappointed in the wake of that St. Anger debacle. At first I kind of was. It all seemed so derivative of their earlier music, yet with nothing catchy whatsoever to latch onto. Luckily, thanks to St. Anger, nothing could ever be the worst Metallica album again, so that was reassuring right from the get go. It definitely rocked, but I wasn’t loving it. But like any CD from a group I love, I listened to it repeatedly for several days. All of the sudden, after about five listens, I started to get it. I was beginning to dig these songs. This CD fucking rules! It’s not only better than St. Anger, it’s better than both of the Loads and it’s a total return to form. It sounds like Metallica. Real fucking Metallica. A lot of people seem to be anti-Black album, but I thought it was great, but this album goes back past that anyway. Yeah, the lyrics don’t seem to blow you away at first, but, I don’t know about you guys, but when I first started listening to Metallica I was like 18 years old. I’m frikkin’ forty years old now. Of course this stuff sounds like bullshit. I’m old. You can’t say shit like “Sell your soul to me” without sounding retarded. But if I tap back into that kid, and close my eyes and turn this album up real loud…I think I would have liked it a lot. And I still have that dark, angry place that first made me feel like James and Lars and Kirk and Cliff felt the same shit that I did. And I think they still do sometimes too. Thank you Metallica, for coming back to us. Oh, and one more thing, Kirk is fucking apeshit, pshcyho INSANELY incredible on this record!! He really deserves a lot of credit. I don’t know what the fuck happened on that last record, but he blew like a fucking volcano on this one. Way to fucking go KRK, you freak!

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  71. 71 Huma Sep 30th, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Puppets fan here…meaning I have been a fan for 22 years, and not the full 27+

    Of course, Kill, Lightning, Puppets, and Justice are legend, but I also love the Black and Load albums (yes, they were different, but great music).

    However, Re-Load and St. Anger were complete trash!! I listened to Anger ONCE, and never again, and I NEVER listened to Re-Load all the way through…I just couldn’t get through it!

    However, this album is good…period. They have gone back to their roots, but seem to be keeping some St. Anger material. I DO NOT see Kirk playing the way he used to! That would have to be my most disappointing aspect of this album. The solos seem more like Slayer’s (which is NOT GOOD)…he seems to be just playing a solo to play one, and not creating one to fit the song. James is still trying too hard to sing at times, and that takes away from the album. I DO like the play of Lars, though, he is playing better, and more like Dave. I can here Rob’s contribution, and I like it, but I don’t think he brings anything that Jason could have brought.

    Overall, this is a MUCH BETTER album than the past couple, and I like it.

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  72. 72 Bwarg69 Oct 23rd, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Metallicahater and herk are just mad that they couldn’t suck James Hetfield’s dick.

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  73. 73 Dean Nov 23rd, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    For all the good this album has — which it’s about damn time they wrote some good songs — Lars’s snare drum ruins the whole thing. His snare sounds like a fucking tin-can.

    You think he would have learned on St.Bullshit that the sound of his drums directly affects the sound quality of the whole song, and it can destroy what would have been a great sound. ………….And he did it again on this album. I am SO pissed about that. If “Judas Kiss” had that snapping, fire-cracker sounding snare with a deep punch to it, the song would be a masterpiece. BUT, because his snare sounds like a fucking garbage-can lid again, it ruins the whole continuity of sound.

    I hate being too critical of one of my favorite bands. You know? Who the hell am I! I wasn’t in that studio, I’m not the one who has to play the damn drums……But then again folks, I AM a consumer of Metallica’s goods. I buy their shit, I go to their shows. And if I, and many other people I talked to about this, feel the sound sucks, well then we might not buy their songs or go see them live. We PAY for this stuff, and all we want is a deep, sharp, piercing drum sound that doesn’t sound muddy or washy. We want a powerful mid-range SNAP with a high-end after-taste, much like on ….And justice for all. You know, with a deadened sound but not muffled. Just absolutely no echo or reverb - just a pure POW, a thunk, with no funny resonance.

    I’m not complaining about the writing of the album, I’m no expert. But I AM an expert when it comes to listening to music for decades now, and knowing when something ruins a song. And I’m not asking him to have the same sound, not demanding that he can’t experiment and grow, but Lars should have heard this crap and knew we would hate it. Why weren’t we considered? We want songs to relate to, not be focused on how the sound sucks.

    I am DISSAPOINTED because this could have been SUCH a great album. But instead, it’s a great album with shit smeared all over it, un-playable now.

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