Sound — 8
Death Magnetic. First album after almost 18 years, that one can say, real heavy/trash metal, and this time without producer Bob Rock, who was replaced by Rick Rubin. This is the best album from MetallicA since legendary Black.Sound is like, combination between ''... And Justice for All'' and ''Black'' in the modern way, which is (of course) great.The solos are very good, sometimes great, Lars' drumsound is fantastic, James sounds also very good. On this new album, they have 5 incredibly good songs like ''The Unforgiven III'' (not as good as original ''Unforgiven'', but still great song), ''My Apocalypse'', ''The Day That Never Comes'' (reminds of ''One''), ''All Nightmare Long'' & ''That Was Just Your Life''. The Rest is like combination between very good parts, unnecessary parts, and sometimes not so good parts.Like ''Suicide & Redemption'' great melody in the middle, but most riffs are totally unnecessary long, it's like they trying to make something like (brilliant) Orion so it has to be as long as possible.Or ''Broken, Beat & Scarred'' melodic part (rise, fall, down, rise again) is great but chorus is not good (at least to me). 01. That Was Just Your Life 9.5/10 02. The End of the Line 8/10 03. Broken, Beat & Scarred 7/10 04. The Day That Never Comes 9.5/10 05. All Nightmare Long 9/10 06. Cyanide 8/10 07. The Unforgiven III 10/10 08. The Judas Kiss 8/10 09. Suicide & Redemption 8.5/10 10. My Apocalypse 10/10 James Hetfield said that Robert Trujillo has contributed on this album more than Jason had in 15 years, so maybe because of that some riffs sounds sometimes unusual.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrics (all by James Hetfield) are very good. Point of Death Magnetic is the fact that we all have to die sooner or later, it's unfortunately inevitable so as James said 'some people are drawn towards it, and just like a magnet, other people are afraid of it push away and they don't want to bring it up'.
Overall Impression — 8
Death Magnetic is very good album, with a few brilliant songs (like ''The Unforgiven III'', ''My Apocalypse'', ''The Day That Never Comes'', ''All Nightmare Long'' & ''That Was Just Your Life''), great solos, and classic MetallicA trash sound in modern way.Definitely one of the best Metallica albums.