Sound — 9
The sound of this album is the closest you'll get to being assaulted, its been nearly 30 years since the band started making music together and after all this time the agression and energy is just as deadly. I had eagerly awaited this album so Metallica were going to be hard pressed from the beginning, fortunately as soon as the faint heartbeat and mystic guitar riff started the hairs on my neck stood up, it was moments after this that Kirk, started a riff that could only be described as exhillarating. Then before you know the band's tightness is in full swing as James screams 'like a siren in my head' at the microphone. St Anger took me awhile to adjust to before I fully appreciated Metallica's direction and sound on the album, in a completely opposite transistion, Death Magnetic is the biggest blend of every bit of material they've ever written, the album is the best of metal, sorry folks but they can't keep re-issuing Master of Puppets every year to satisfy the so-called - 'real metal heads'. Trust Me, until Slayer get back you're gonna be picking up your air guitars and banging your head with this.
Lyrics — 9
For a start, we all know that James Hetfield doesn't have a great voice, great in the terms of octaves and singing in key. What he does possess however is the voice that wouldn't suit anything but Metallica. His melodic voice from the Load/Reload days is present but only when neccessary and in keeping with the song and the rest of the time he is back at his brutal best, if you want proof - wait for the improptu stop in 'All Nightmare Long' before he roars back in with the words 'Hunt you down without mercy!' The lyrics on the album are exactly what the band needs to insure the sheer destruction of this album. From 'Its just the funeral i've been waiting for' to 'Broken, Beaten, Scarred - We die hard' each listen gets you a new insight to the theme of the song.
Overall Impression — 9
Lets face it, there's nothing out there, no new bands breaking ground, X Factor has returned and washed away all sembelence of 'Music'. So whats left? The old firm, from Slayer, ACDC, Maiden and Metallica, its been proven that the old guys do it best. Death Magnetic will be the album everyone talks about. Those that come out to critise it and those who love it. You may love this album, you may not - how am I suppose to know your tastes? BUT if you own a Metallica album, this, could very well be your next one. Solos, anger, melodies, speed, aggression, rhythm its got it all. For the Metallica fans (the real ones) its another blessing to keep you warm until your tickets for the World Magnetic tour get there.