Sound — 10
Metallica has put out it's first CD in over a decade. Their music style continues to be heavy rock/metal, and includes ridiculously fast playing of guitars. The solos kill, and even the rhythm guitars are impressive. Anybody who likes Metallica, Megadeth, or even Dragonforce will love this CD. Some of the songs have some nice acoustic guitar, but the CD focuses mainly on electric power chords and fast strumming. Even though there are only ten songs, each one brings something new to the CD. Death Magnetic is definitely a must-buy!
Lyrics — 8
If you like repeating, moderately good lyrics, then this is the CD for you. The lyrics are alright, and they tend to repeat themselves in every song. I also dislike the fact that the singer decides to sing so low. He has potential, but decides not to use it. Otherwise, the singing was a 6, the overall lyrics a 6.5, and when you combine the bad singing and lyrics with the music, a 8!
Overall Impression — 9
Since this is Metallica's first album in over a decade, it's about as good as their albums, maybe a little bit below. Master of Puppets and Justice for All are way above Death Magnetic, but if you want a reminder of their music, then this is a good CD for you. The best songs on the CD are All Nightmare Long, The Unforgiven III, and possibly The Day That Never Comes. I hate that there are only 10 songs on the album, and that each song has a 2 minute solo (it seems like 20). The only thing I love about it is that the singing goes throughout the song and does not abandon it. I would not buy this album again, but it's good for hard-core Metallica fans.