Sound — 10
So Metallica are back with their long awaited follow up to 2003's St. Anger, which was met with mostly negative reviews. However Death Magnetic is an hour and 15 mins of brilliance. An album that will surely show most of the doubters that Metallica are back to doing what they best. 01.That Was Just For Your Life: the song starts with the sound of a heartbeat and then gradually just gets faster and faster. When it kicks into the main riff of the song, you can tell straight away that this is going to be an amazing album. The classic Kirk Hammet solo's also make a welcome return and just as expected he doesn't disapoint with quite simply, a shred-tastic solo. The perfect start to the album. 5/5 02.The End Of The Line: awesome song. You'll recognize the intro from 'The New Song' which the band have played live (see youtube). Yet another catchy, heavy riff to get any metalhead banging his head till his neck hurts. The bridge then follows a dual solo and then a killer solo from Hammet and then is slowes down, with clean vocals and guitars, but just like the bridge in "Master Of Puppets" it slowly picks up back into the good old heavy stuff. 4/5 03.Broken, Beat And Scarred: when I first heard this song, I flipped out. Amazing song, all though the verse lyrics and be seen as repetitive but at the same time catchy. The chorus in my opinion is the strongest part of the song, with some awesome drum work from Lars. I predict that this song will get a very mixed review from fans but I see the majority loving this song. 4/5 04.The Day That Never Comes: one of the best songs of the album. Has been compared to "One" and to be honest as good as it is, it can't beat it. However it does come very close. very well written and structured song. Clean verse, heavy chorus and after the second time round, it remains heavy untill the end. The solo is Kirk's best on the album in my opinion, and Hetfield's vocals are very strong through out. Once the vocals are over, just sit back and enjoy musical brilliance in the rest of the song 5/5 05.All Nightmare Long: the title suggests a very typical Metallica song. And it is what you would expect and more. A sick arse intro, very climatic verse, an extremelly catchy chorus and a amazing lengthly solo from Mr Hammet. Also Hetfields vocal style, especially in the Chorus, is a treat to listen to. However I have found that this song does get tedious after many listens but that's just me. However I'm sure after a while of not listening to it, I will soon be hooked again. 4.5/5 06.Cyanide: the first word to enter my head when I first heard this song was "WOW!". As this was the first song of the album I heard, I was pumped to hear more of what Metallica offered in their new material. The song just doesn't slow down, Awesome bass intro and just it just gets better and better. The solo is also another piece of genius. The perfect song to be the first release from the album. 5/5 07.The Unforgiven III: probably the song that most fans wanted to hear as it was the final in the Unforgiven trilogy. Metallica did not disapoint on this one. Hetfield's vocals are at their best on this song especially just before the solo. Similar to "The Unforgiven" where as it has a rather heavy verse and slower chorus. The use of an orchestra in the background also works very well. The piano intro didn't fill me with much hope but by the end of the song, I was very happy with what I had heard. 5/5 08.The Judas Kiss: one of the best songs of the album, very thrashy, very fast, very Metallica. The chorus is my favourite part simply for the guitar riff, so catchy to listen to I had to pick up my guitar and learn it. Kirk's solo goes on for over a minute and it's flawless. Very well written lyrically aswell. The boys did a very good job on this one. 5/5 09.Suicide And Redemption (Instrumental): the return of the instrumental!! Very fun to play on guitar and very heavy to listen to. Guitar work from both James and Kirk are brilliant and it's almost ten minutes long but it'll keep you listening right through to the end. 4/5 10.My Apocalypse: to be honest when I first heard this song, I wasn't sure what to think. After a few more listens it really has grown on me and it's a good song to close the album on. I think it's quite similar to "Battery" only with out the acoustic intro. The chorus is the strongest point on this song for me but overall it hasn't stood out for me in particular, I can still listen to it though and bang my head proudly. 3.5/5
Lyrics — 9
Well on St. Anger the lyrics were not a strong point, which was strange cos metallica have been known for writing very powerful and very good lyrics. But they're back on form here, maybe because Hetfield is the main lyricist again instead of everyone contributing and you can tell that he has worked very hard and put a lot more effort into the lyrics this time around. As for the singing, well I'm sure most will agree that upto "The Black Album" is when James's vocals were at the best. the vocals were, as much as I hate to admit, sometimes quite ugly in places on St. Anger. Not the case this time round as in songs such as "Unforgiven III" you can tell what a great vocalist he is and always has been. Once again it's clear to see that he has worked his heart and soul into getting the best voice for this album.
Overall Impression — 10
I wont go as far as saying that it is better than MOP (which is my favourite Metallica album) but Death Magnetic is definately up there with the best of them. My favourite songs from the album are mainly "The Day That Never Comes", "Cyanide" And "The Judas Kiss" but take nothing away from the other 7 tracks as they are all fantastic. The thing I love about this album is that not only are goin back to their old school style, it's that after 20 odd years, Metallica have shown the doubters that they still are the metal kings. People have criticized the production quality of this album, personally I have only one problem with it and that is the bass should be more noticeable. But as for the loudness, I love loud so I'm happy with it. If this was stolen I would happily go and buy another copy. This is review is obviously mostly opinion based and it is my first review on here so please be gentle with the feedback.