Death Magnetic review by Metallica

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  • Released: Sep 12, 2008
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (2,437 votes)
Metallica: Death Magnetic
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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.

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    MCRkid22
    AWesome review. I personally think metallica should've quit while they were ahead.
    charleyhustle14
    "Well, I'm sure when Lars finds the volume knob on the drums he might turn them down. Maybe you can help him in his search?" Haha, exactly. I can't even tell that they're louder on this album anyways. No different than Puppets. Stop cryin about the drums being too friggin loud peeps. You sound like poor sheltered children.
    pikeral_420
    This album belongs in the same pile as Load, Reload and St.Anger. The garbage pile that is! Whenever the song starts to go somewhere Hetfield opens his mouth and that awful sound comes out. Go back to screaming James your singing sucks. I am totally disapointed with Hammet's boring solo's, it sounds like he didn't even care to try to make them interesting. Anything remotly good was just stripped down from older stuff and slapped in for filler. The drumming isn't worth commenting about.... Some of the rythm guitar riff's are ok. That's about the only thing good i could possibly say. 4 out of 10 for the effort to put more money in the retirement coffer. BAH!
    JPetrucci25
    edgarvanburen wrote: bottom line: it surely leaves the last 3 albums biting dust but its only half as good as burton era stuff
    ok, if you arent satisfied with this album, then you cant be satisfied. metallica could not have put out a greater album. this is top notch metallica at their best. get over that its not the 80's ne more. this album is right there with justice and kill em all
    Reddaz
    what a great album, particularly when you consider ST Anger. I realy think it encompases their career spanning sound whilst undoubtedly returning to their roots. Whilst the production is not the sheen of black album, it is a happy mediem between that of their pre black era albums. Oh, and anyone who can't hear robs bass need a decent set of speakers with a sub woofer, cos i can hear it crystal, aint no ...and justice unjustic going on withrubin at the desk
    MasterStafy
    Maniacal_Mikey wrote: aadit wrote: MonsterOfRock wrote: Reviewer Pete wrote: MonsterOfRock the UG Team reviewer... mate which crappy sound system are you using? Incase over the last 25 years you didnt notice that Metallica sound has a void of midrange and a pack full of treble and bass... Rob is not as audible? seriously, get a new soundsystem. And please don't tell me that this review is based on a 128kb/s internet leak. And no mentioning of "All Nighmare Long", and "Unforgiven III" sucks? get your hearing checked mate. My soundsystem isn't the best, but it has never failed me before. Rob is certainly 'felt', in the sense that the album packs punch in the low end, but he's not as audible as one should desire. For the record, I have no problem hearing basslines in other Metallica albums...Justice aside, of course. "All Nightmare Long" is OK. Yes, The Unforgiven III sucks. My hearing is perfectly fine. It's not based on a 128kbp/s leak. Meh, I stand by my remarks when I say a good soundsystem is the cure. Why don't you accept the fact that the bass is not nearly as prominent as it should be. Its been neglected by metallica ever since Cliff died. Most of the post MoP albums had no good basslines at all. Justice didnt have bass at all. Btw i liked All Nightmare Long but unforgiven iii was just sh*t specially the solo. Maybe i expected too much... Maybe you guys haven't heard any of Metallica's albums other than this? Metallica has never had a very prominent bass line. They've always been more about the guitars and drum work than anything
    EXCUSE ME!!!!???? cliff burton?? he made master of puppets awesome. cliff was the man. He had a few songs where instead of kirks solos he had some bass solos that were sick. you need to research metallica if you say something like that.
    MasterStafy
    oh and I personall think this was just a warm-up. 17 years of not being themselves does stuff to ya.
    MasterStafy
    Metallica is the greatest period. Yes I am biased. Yes I am a stone cold ****in fan.. . .. .yeah. Ive listened to this album at least 20 times from beginning to end and it is something that grows on you. wait to hear the reviews after its given time to actually be "listened" to and not just heard. this is a masterpiece. I think, personally, for me that its the best music album in the past 17 years. thats just me
    IainDavies_2
    i think yeah, kirk can be sloppy, but its kirk man, ehs written so many classic solos, and riffs (ala enter sandman), hes exactly what they need. I really like james' vocals for this album, their really driving and full of raw energy.
    Vulturous
    Alright, now THIS is MetallicA! Don't get me wrong I dig every album, I mean EVERY album 'Tallica has released, but I think this measures up to some of the 80's stuff. To a certain extent.
    Maniacal_Mikey
    NickoAbate wrote: xXChimairaXx wrote: Dang Lars. Why do you have to be so freakin loud? Turn those drums down a bit. Sheez...but nevertheless a great turnaround from the last couple albums. Good point I'm giving it another listen the drums completely drown out everything else!
    Well, I'm sure when Lars finds the volume knob on the drums he might turn them down. Maybe you can help him in his search?
    Maniacal_Mikey
    aadit wrote: MonsterOfRock wrote: Reviewer Pete wrote: MonsterOfRock the UG Team reviewer... mate which crappy sound system are you using? Incase over the last 25 years you didnt notice that Metallica sound has a void of midrange and a pack full of treble and bass... Rob is not as audible? seriously, get a new soundsystem. And please don't tell me that this review is based on a 128kb/s internet leak. And no mentioning of "All Nighmare Long", and "Unforgiven III" sucks? get your hearing checked mate. My soundsystem isn't the best, but it has never failed me before. Rob is certainly 'felt', in the sense that the album packs punch in the low end, but he's not as audible as one should desire. For the record, I have no problem hearing basslines in other Metallica albums...Justice aside, of course. "All Nightmare Long" is OK. Yes, The Unforgiven III sucks. My hearing is perfectly fine. It's not based on a 128kbp/s leak. Meh, I stand by my remarks when I say a good soundsystem is the cure. Why don't you accept the fact that the bass is not nearly as prominent as it should be. Its been neglected by metallica ever since Cliff died. Most of the post MoP albums had no good basslines at all. Justice didnt have bass at all. Btw i liked All Nightmare Long but unforgiven iii was just sh*t specially the solo. Maybe i expected too much...
    Maybe you guys haven't heard any of Metallica's albums other than this? Metallica has never had a very prominent bass line. They've always been more about the guitars and drum work than anything
    dumps
    Metallica top the UK album charts only 2 (well 3) days after release. they deserve it too.
    guitarfreak222
    metalhead887 wrote: seriously Metallica are better then megadeth think about it rite who sells out stadiums (not shitty little cinemas)? Whos album is ranked on of the best selling albums of all time? oh w8 METALLICA Metallica may not have the most creative guitarist or the greatest riffs SO WHAT, i gurantee you if u ask a room of of 200 people about 10 would have heard of deth SO eff all your tallica h8az and go suck daves willy Tallica rules
    i fully agree cept the popularity bit... its about the music not the popularity but yeah i think metallica is better than megadeth but i still think megadeth is AWESOME
    highwayone73
    I've had my copy since thursday at about noon. I wanted to wait and let the excitement wear off a bit before I started throwing opinions around. I've given every track a few thorough listens and I gotta say; I'm pretty content. The solos arent the greatest thing that ever happened on a Metallica album but they are definitely passable. If anything I guess I'm down on the vocals more than anything. Hetfield is just starting to sound a bit old. The drums are a huge improvement over St. Anger, Load and Re-Load. Robert is a huge improvement over Bob "the band killer" Rock on bass, I'd even go so far as to say that hes an improvement over Jason. And yes, you can too hear the bass on the album. I wasn't expecting Master of Puppets or Ride the Lightning and they didn't try to do that. I think in terms of "classic" Metallica, "Death Magnetic" comes closest to a ...Justice/Black album hybrid. All of the songs follow the classic Metallica formula: relentless riffs, fast repeatable solos, big drums and the occasional bass fill. Clearly, from the outset, this is James Hetfield's album. I have to think that this is in some way a response to the way he came off as such an ass on the movie for the last album. He responded and wrote great lyrics and head pounding guitar parts. It was awesome to see a great metal band get back to doing what they have always done best. Even though Death Magnetic doesn't quite measure up to the raw power, aggression and mastery of Puppets, Lightning or Justice it definitely harkens back to the power and fury of those good old days. I for one am satisfied with the effort and look forward to seeing them live and loud as all hell on Oct. 26.
    stage4saiyan
    I bought this album the day it came out at a local record joint and i popped it into my cd player in my car immediately. I listened to it from front to back, driving around to random places just to give myself time. However, before I get to my opinion of the album, let me comment on some things (or should I say lies) I saw as I skimmed through the replies by members. 1) Megadeth is better than Metallica Where the hell have you been? Megadeth is better than Metallica? At what, exactly? Mustaine can shred, yes, but he sounds like a girl, vocally. Though, to his credit, he wasn't originally the lead singer of Metallica when he was in, so i'll let that slide. Hangar 18, IMO, is their best song...a song that, when compared to Master of Puppets or One, is just not even close. I like Megadeth, but lets be realistic people. 2) Hammett's solos are bad Play them on guitar and tell me otherwise. They don't have the distinct tone of people like Slash, or the speed of people like EVH, but he is good all around. He steps up to the plate in every song and delivers. Yes, there are some solos on this album that are forgettable (I can't even remember the solo to The End of the Line), but there are also solos that just hit you like a punch in the face (Unforgiven III, anyone?). Which brings me to my next point: 3) The Unforgiven III is horrible This is probably the worst statement I came across. I was shocked to see the UG reviewer dislike The Unforgiven III, but many of the members, too? Seriously? This song has bite. This is the first song that I skip to when I put the cd in. The whole "ghost ship" tone (no, that's not what I think its about,but the eerieness combined with the lyrics makes me think of it) is just amazing, and its very catchy, yet haunting. And the lyrics? I only can think of one hiccup in the lyrical consistency of this song: Where James says "How come its got so cold?". I would have wished for a better choice of words than "how come" but hey, he's human. All in all, this is probably my favorite song off the album (keep in mind that, behind Hetfield and Hammett, Slash and EVH are my favorite ax slingers, so my music taste is a little...vintage) Overall? I'm glad the album is as good as it is. St Anger, IMO, was a disaster, with only Sweet Amber and The Unnamed Feeling keeping it from collecting dust with my other, older CDs. Bravo, Metallica. You prove once again that you're the kings of metal. Can't wait to see what else the four horsemen have in store for us