Sound — 10
I have waited a long time for Death Magnetic. and as soon as I knew this was coming out, I was expecting nothing more than some good ole thrash. And, I got was I was expecting. now, the sound quality may be bad at times but that shouldn't stop anyone from listening to it. The day it came out, I ran over to Target and bought it. I popped it into my PC and I was amazed at what they did. They put together an album that sounded pretty modern but definitely had that Metallica sound we all know and love.
Lyrics — 9
They lyrics as you should all know are based on.. well... death. Sounds rather strange to just have songs all about death but I don't really even care. The way James and Co. put together this album is amazing. They knew what they were doing this time around. James's voice isn't in the best shape but hey, for a 45 year old dude screaming the way he does, you gotta give him credit. I'm very pleased with the way they put the album together.
Overall Impression — 10
My favorite songs on the album are The Judas Kiss, Suicide and Redemption (they have always done excellent jobs on their instrumentals... it sounded very different from Call of Ktulhu and Orion but it was still pretty friggin awesome. There aren't anythings I can think of that I hate about it... The solos were excellent. Kirk did use a little too much wah at times but it's not a problem. Kirk + Wah = madness! This album is hard to compare to Master Of Puppets or And Justice for All only because it's so different but still has that Metallica taste and sound to it. I'm very very pleased with the album and look forward to seeing what they have stored for us in the future.