Death Magnetic review by Metallica

logo Ultimate Guitar
  • Released: Sep 12, 2008
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (2,439 votes)
Metallica: Death Magnetic

Sound — 9
This album is a kind of hard to hear when you are a beginner in metal music due to the lack of a very neat production but it is truly a master piece when you closely hear it; there is a great simphony in all instruments, the guitar really is what we want to hear in a metallica and even dough the drums are too loud for my taste we can see why lars can really sell it; musically the record kind of follows the last album, this album would be the last to have so many songs in a complex work this is the last album we had metallica playing a 100% record: really off the hook riffs with an excellent voice and the album itself makes you practice more metallica songs in your guitar; the downs of the album are: the lack of bass and the increase of the drums voluthis albums lacks of 2 things: the grammy that jethro tull didn't deserve and more songs.

Lyrics — 10
A band its really good when it has great lyrics to go with the great sound and this labum got it; it is the most political album mteallica has made. ...And justice for all has realy awesome lyrics that deal with the law system; one is about a handicap man that lost it all in war, eye of the beholder about the freedom of speech and the small portion of to live is to die is a part of a poem tha Cliff Burton relly liked. The voice is not left behind and James Hetfield even not being a born singer did a very good job adding the album own raw signature sound.

Overall Impression — 10
The album its a follow up from master of puppets so its kind of underrated but it has prove to still be a crazy and loveable album in all senses. 01. Blackened: just the intro puts in the mood to mosh and destroy everything you see, the riff is very good and the drums parts are incredible; the solo is kind of strange but its still pretty good it is a good first song. 02....And Justice for All: the acoustic guitar intro just justify why this album is so great, besides from the lyrics the cohesion of the band is marvelous; the singing is brillant too the solo speaks for itself too it is a shame they don't play it live anymore 03. Eye of The Beholder: the riff is kind of a cliche but the voice really contrasts the song so as the solo 04. One: well, who doesn't like this song? it has everything great drums, great voice, excellent guitar and one of the best solos in histroy; the both solos are incredible; this song is so good that a lot of metallica fans hate it because everyone likes it. 05. The Shortest Straw: this one is another excellent song from the justice list, the riff is one of my favorites in the album but it kind of bores you until the solo 06. Harvester of Sorrow: in a conversation of metallica songs i'll put this one from the intro to the end its really a great song, the line of the chorus is great the only thing this song needs is a solo 07. The Frayed Ends On Sanity: it is also a good song but i don't like it that much as the others its my least favorite but still being a bright one; the solo is madly good 08. To Live is To Die: the intro is cool and the transition to distorsion is even cooler this semi-instrumental song is really complex and well done and like other instrumental shows the spirit of metallica 09. Dyers Eve: the riff fills you up with energy after a whole hour headbanging, its the fastest of the album and the singing is the best if the album in my opinion the solo follows up the direction of all the album's solos: insane. its the best song to finish this work of art that metallica wrote the album itself was also a good way to finish the 80's.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    This Album is massivly overrated! Endgame is much better and Megadeth are so much better than Metallica... Long live Dave Mustaine!
    the-stuge wrote: This Album is massivly overrated! Endgame is much better and Megadeth are so much better than Metallica... Long live Dave Mustaine!
    of course somebody had to say it lol. Anyways the album was a good one it's good to see Metallica going back to their Thrashy roots, it's no Master Of Puppets but it is a step in the right direction.