Sound — 7
Many people accuse Metallica of "Selling out" when they released Load. To me they were just redefining their careers. The Black album defined their career. Don't get me wrong I don't believe The Black Album was their best one but because of it 10 times more people listened to Master of Puppets. Anyway now they are back to their old sound(so they say). This time there is no movie to back them up, just some sound and video clips. When I heard the sound clips I didn't say "oh my god they're back!". But I felt they had something good going. I listened to all the songs and during my ride home from buying tickets to the concert. I thought they sounded more like a "Hardcore band" rather than a thrash band due to the fact that it was so loud. The loudness made the quality suffer. I thought the production was poor. Some high points were that the songs for the most part was catchy. My mark in my Math diploma exam suffered due to listening to "All Nightmare long." Some other catchy songs are "End of the Line", "Cyanide", "Judas Kiss" and "Broken, Beaten and Scarred". Another low was the solos. I'm sorry but Kirk Hammet is not a very creative soloist and seeing him live did my point justice. The solos were also quite "smeshed" up. I do give him phrase for solos in "Unforgiven 3" and "The Day That Never Comes." I felt the overall sound was good but killed by the poor production and editing. I think that this is a great record for a new generation of metal fans because they been fed with Axl Rose's Guns N roses(Slashless), Screamo bands and My Chemical Romance. This CD gives them a good representation of what metal should be.
Lyrics — 9
Metallica's Lyrics were always great for the theme of the music. The songs are very catchy. When they perform "Enter Sandman" and "Master of Puppets" James doesn't have to sing. the lyrics most talk about death or difficult times. I felt the lyrics to "Broken, Beaten and scared" were lame. Saying "What doesn't kill you makes you more strong" throughout the whole song doesn't suit me. As I said before most of their songs are very catchy in Death Magnetic. James' singing is at it's peak. I was very impressed with his ability to say in melody(after listening to St. Anger I was starting to ask questions). I don't think there is a better front man for a Metal band out there.
Overall Impression — 7
When comparing this ablum to Metallica album I would have to say it doesn't live up to their old stuff BUT it is a much needed album for the new generation of Metal fans. I think it is best compared to Kill Em All because of the catchy songs and licks. it's no Master of Puppets but metal fans could do a lot worst. I feel that even some well respected "new" metal bands like Mastodon, In Flames and All That Remains do not do justice to the thrash metal genre. My favorite songs are "Unforgiven 3" and "End of the Line" they are both catchy and have good solos. There is not much to "Love" about this album besides James' vocals but I have discussed the good things. What I hate is the production and editing of the album. I also didn't feel the classic Metallica sound and there wasn't a true trash metal song. If it were stolen or lost I would buy it again because the cover is cool.