Metallica – Death Magnetic Reviews

Death Magnetic

One of the most influential bands in music, ranked eighth on the list of the biggest-selling groups in history, Metallica unveils its ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The band’sfirst album in five years, Death Magnetic is also its first with renowned producer Rick Rubin (Danzig, Slayer, System Of A Down,Slipknot), first with bassist Robert Trujillo, and first on Warner Bros. Heavy and thrashy, unafraid to embrace the band’s past yet moveinto the future.


13 responses to “Metallica – Death Magnetic Reviews”

  1. Yamka says:

    Many Metallica fans have thought when she Sellout ever since they released their first music video for “One” in 1989. After she committed producer Bob Rock for “The Black” album, Metallica became “radio friendly” with many songs coming in about five minutes or less. Loading and Updating hardly be reversed, and St. Anger was just that the worst Metallica CD ever published. So it is with good reason that many are skeptical about what to expect from Metallica's latest offering Death Magnetic.
      some significant things have changed since St. Anger. This is the first release from Metallica on their new record company, Warner Bros. Many will cheer that producer Bob Rock is also gone, was replaced by renowned career resurrector Rick Rubin. All this is somewhat academic, however, unless the music also changed.
      I am pleased to announce that Death Magnetic is somewhat of a Renaissance for Metallica. Although it is not wrong for what many considered the best trio of metal CDs (Ride the Lightening, Master of Puppets, and … and justice for all), there is a marked improvement over what Metallica has had to offer in the last 15 years. Much of what you hear, falls somewhere between Justice and The Black Album.
      directly from the gate on “That Was Just Your Life” many of the signs of the old school to see Metallica. This song starts with a simple, bare, and undistorted guitar, but it builds on the thrash about, as we see that Lars Ulrich has forgotten what drums on a Metallica album will sound like. Before the first verse starts, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett remind us what the dual guitar lines can sound like. And yes, Kirk Hammett's solo is also back, and he did not disappoint. The next two tracks continue to crunch along, but some are discouraged, when “The day that never come. It managed to end up much stronger than it begins. As if the sensor that it is for the dial again, “All Nightmare Long” fully on shredding and goes from there. The combination of guitar and drum line a tempo that feels like it with the speed of the rotor blades. This song also finds Metallica on the familiar theme of mental stability heard on “Welcome Home Sanitarium” and “The frayed ends of Sanity” from days of old.
      When I on the list before a hearing of the songs, I was concerned when I saw “The Unforgiven III”. My first thought was: “Do we really need another rehash of the radio hit 'Unforgiven'?” But listening to the song showed me that my concerns in vane. While “The Unforgiven” and “The Unforgiven II” are fairly straightforward, “The Unforgiven III” is more than metaphorical life spoiled the sea adventure in search of gold gone wrong. The lyrics actually do not contain the word “Unforgiven”, the title choice a bit confusing, but I think that “The Unforgiven III” is better than one of the two namesakes.
      All in all, Death Magnetic is solid heavy metal CD, but I expect reaction to it is too uneven. The part of the Metallica fan base, the joy of this most are those who like to … and justice for all and the black album. Do not go far enough back to the oldest of the old school fans, while the search for load or Reload will also likely be disappointed. Hopefully have a better idea of where they are in the spectrum of Metallica, you can decide whether it is for you or not.
      Download: All Nightmare Long

  2. Liluye says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I don’t much care for the ‘this is the best album since…’ reviews or that this album is a ‘return to form’ whatever that may mean (I can probably figure that out all on my own)…

  3. Edgerton says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    this album is just as worse as st anger
    this new metallica failed my expections first of all you can hardly hear the bass in all the songs and it sounds like rick rubin was trying to mock slipknot when he produced this…

  4. Linh says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Poorly mixed, sloppy leads and annoying vocals.
    Death Magnetic is more of the same in many ways. Although I should note that the newer generation of Metallica fans will probably enjoy this album.

  5. Kyna says:

    I remember when “Master of Puppets” was the new album, I had my cassette of “Whiplash EP” to the point where it was worn and wobbled. I will not say “master” was not awesome, but I was always partial to “Ride the Lightning”. So when every new Metallica has changed in the last 22 years and people keep comparing to “Master” I just say, chill out and leave it on its performance.
      What's hard is that Metallica will admit that “Load” “Re-Load” and “St. Anger, if not high-points in her career. Infighting, bickering, the firing / quitting Newkid J. left the band “Broken, beaten and Scarred” Unfortunately with the exception of the exceptional “Symphony” disks and “Garage Inc.” These three records are in the years, more than half of Metallica's career. Is it any wonder that with the Uber-Producer Rick Ruben at the helm “Death Magnetic” is the greatest Metallica album ever expected?
      As for the album, those of us who grew up with “Ride” “Master” and “Justice” is the song pattern. While “Death Magnetic” has two more tracks (although it was for 80min CD world, not a vinyl 45min) the placement of songs is very telling and familiar to the older entries. The first track “That was only the life” starts quiet (heart beat, wobling guitar) and then suddenly burst in your face. The second way is about the addiction and death (master = addiction, ride = death). The third track slows down and it is more grinding and heavy ( “Bells” “Thing” Sad but true “) and the fourth track is a ballad with a strong second half (” Fade “” Sanitarium ” “One”) The second to last track is an instrumental ( “Orion” “to live is to die”) The last song is a ripper ( “damage inc” Dyers Eve “).
      Unlike “Load” and “Reload”, “Death Magnetic” avoids the bluesy, dirty grinding songs, and unlike “St. Anger “This is for a strong hook, harmony and flow.
      “Death Magnetic” is not a new “master”, but a culmination of everything these guys have all done. While many songs remind listeners of “Justice” “Broken, Beat and Scarred” is reminiscent of “St. Anger “with its chants of” What does not kill ya, makes ya more strong “rather than riffs and solos. “Unforgiven III” is much closer to “Unforgiven II” on re-load than the original. The guitar is that the same bluesy, flowing feel and the eastern influence that the original its greatest strengths are completely washed away by familiar metal riffs. That is not to say that the song is not good, but without the late Michael Kamen the orchestration not only the life of the song, as it should and the chorus builds and builds, but not crest factor, it keeps feeling like it should be, a kind of heavy release that never comes. “My Apocalypse” closes the album by channeling “Slayer”, as Metallica and tries not to “kill em all”. “Not that the song does not rock, it's hard, fast and awesome closer, but the feel is forced and the song feels tacked on a mostly mid to fast mid-tempo album.
      The biggest shocker here may be 10 min (and longest song) “Suicide and Redemption” the bands in the first 20 years. This is the best they have done since “Ktulu”, it has more energy than “Orion” or “Life is to die”, but it lacks the kind of expressionist solos you'd expect from such a Epic. But the ten minutes goes by fast! I had heard the CD four or five times before I realized the song had no lyrics!
      If there is one thing missing in all these songs loooooooooooooooooooong (only one song under 6 min) is a true epic. Yes, “All Nightmare Long” “The day that never” and “The Judas Kiss” are all brilliant (so is the Black Sabbath inspired “Cyanide”), but nothing close here for the epic feeling of “Master of Puppets” “Just for all” “Outlaw Torn” or “Fixxxer. “The songs had a deep, complex feel with so many ups and downs and such a perfect flow (ok,” justice “is the least of the four) that nothing about the” Magnetic “quite get there .
      I'm not in love with the packaging, it looks cool with the coffin cut, but also the intersection of the texts. This is annoying.
      At the end of “Death Magnetic” is exactly what it needs to be. It's everything Metallica is better than any other for over 25 years, it is most of the best parts of the albums to date and it is 100X better almost everything there. Plus, these guys are in their 40s and are harder, faster and more complex and intelligent than anything these Kids half their age set out. Buy this CD.
      Update: 9/16/08
      It is from several sources confirmed that the Guitar Hero III version of this album not under the brick-wall compression of the CD / vinyl release. Apparently someone decided MP3's sound better mixed as loud as possible and then cut off the highest and lowest ranges. So, in commerce, CD / Vinyl of DM have been associated with severe dynamic compression (ie, they have been the difference between soft sound and loud sound) the album sounds like a wall of noise. This is a too common recording industry practice, it is the experience and the remains disposed of the subtleties of the music. You will note, this CD suffers from a lack of bass, guitar is that the flat, the drums do not resonate, the cymbols are thin and the vocals are often drowning in the music mix. In addition, there are a lot of noise, you can not only hear distortion in the music, but their is noise at the beginning and end of each track, the CD does not have.
      There are a number of petitions and blogs as well as thousands on Metallica's own website begging for an uncompressed Re-Release.
      When you hear the GHIII versions, you can never go back.

  6. Cuyler says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally…Kirk solos again! (best since Black Album)
    I would still put all of their 80’s albums ahead of this one, but the thrash is clearly back! This album is a welcome edition to the cannon after the Load/ReLoad/St.

  7. Yukiko says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    So much has been written about the new album, “Death Magnetic” by Metallica you would have thought it was the second coming.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This review is from: Death Magnetic [2 LP] ( Vinyl) Going from my review of the CD version, I will say that these traces are the next Metallica album too pre-Metallica/Black days since … and justice for all. The tracks are really good.
      However, there is a big problem. It is clipping on the CD version. This means you will hear distortion and pop in the CD version, along with a muddying of the instruments, this is not intentional. She turned the band on the CD at the top of the authoring side, so that the CD is too loud.
      you think to yourself, “I can not all the problems the digital, I can only buy vinyl.” Here is where the problem arises. These tracks have been digitally from beginning to end, so that there is no original analog master. The problem is not that it is digital, it is that Metallica allowed the manufacturers to their instrument / vocal tracks at or very close to the 0-dB level. This means that when mixed for the final stereo mix, the music is already maxed on the band page. This means that all the clipping recorded, while in the studio making their way into the final mix. These include the vinyl mixes as they deal with the final mix tapes / files for the vinyl.
      So if you are buying this to avoid the terrible authoring on the CD, save your money as the quality, for all intents and purposes, is just as destroyed as it is on the CD .

  9. Vivian says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica’s Attempt At Redemption
    Ever since Metallica’s famous 1991 Black Album fans have been waiting for a truly worthy follow-up. Load and Reload had a few decent songs, Garage Inc.

  10. Xiuhcoatl says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Echoes of greatness past
    I enjoyed Metallica’s new music, but it is tough to live up to the classic iconic songs they are known for, so it is not my favorite.

  11. Sydnee says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    This is great Metallica – but sounds like crap. What a shame.
    Death Magnetic is the Metallica I have been waiting for since …And Justice for All. The songs rock.

  12. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Modern Metallica Masterpiece!
    This album, simply put, is an incredible album from start to finish, and easily Metallica’s best since the Black Album.

  13. Yasma says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing record!
    Impressive band, who never leaves the good rock.
    Cheers to amazon, shipping for brazil in less then 15 days!

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