Metallica
Death Magnetic


3.0
good

Review

by kabster USER (1 Reviews)
February 10th, 2009 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A somewhat convincing return from a band that many had long since written off.

Metallica started in the early 80's, and with the release of their first album, “Kill 'Em All”, soon became established as cult heroes and pioneers of the thrash metal genre. Releases that followed such as "Ride The Lightning", "Master Of Puppets" and "...And Justice For all" proceeded to amaze fans and critics alike. However, with the release of the 90's self-titled 'Black Album', the album fuelled a large amount of controversy between fans. Old fans of the thrash genre accused them of 'selling out', due to shortened track lengths and songs that catered more for a larger demographic. This controversy continued with the release of twin albums "Load" and "Reload", in which Metallica were further accused of straying from their thrash roots and producing a softer sound that appeased their newer fan base. With the release of 2003's "St. Anger", the band attempted to recapture the glory of their former thrash days, but also bring a modern sound to the proceedings; unfortunately due to no guitar solos from Kirk Hammett, a 'tin' snare drum and poor production, many fans abandoned hope in Metallica all together. It seemed to them that their favourite band had hit rock bottom.
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With this in mind, it could hardly have been considered surprising that Metallica joined forces with famed comeback producer Rick Rubin as well as with talented bassist Robert Trujillo from previous bands such as Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves. With the information that new album "Death Magnetic" would see Metallica attempt to blend the style of "...And Justice for All" and the "Black Album", expectations were soon raised that that after years in the musical wilderness, Metallica would be able to make a decent attempt of recapturing the glory of their former days.
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It gives me pleasure then, to say that “Death Magnetic” is at least a partial return to form. The first track, "That Was Just Your Life", starts with a heartbeat, before a dark, brooding guitar line enters into the picture. The rest of the song consists of memorable riffs representative mainly of the sound the band were intent on capturing in the period of “…And Justice for All”, and the band do an excellent job of maintaining the quality of that album throughout the considerable running time of this song. This intensity is largely maintained throughout the next two tracks, "The End Of The Line" and "Broken, Beat & Scarred", both of which boast enough memorable riffery to indicate that Metallica have been able to regain at least some of their former zest that has been sorely missing from previous records.

The album also attempts to incorporate elements of the more radio-friendly sound that the band utilised with the release of the 'Black Album'. The lead single "The Day That Never Comes" is clearly moulded in the vein of classic Metallica ballads such as "One", "Fade to Black" and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)". However, often within these tracks the flaws of the album soon become glaringly apparent. Songs such as “The Day that Never Comes” and instrumental “Suicide & Redemption” certainly boast some memorable sections, but are also unfortunately marred by unnecessary passages that meander along without having any real sense of purpose. Additionally, the persistent flaw that are the lyrics of Hetfield still prove to be an issue, with clichéd and unconvincing lines as “bow down and sell your soul to me” unfortunately appearing in abundance.

Another problem on Death Magnetic is the production. Although not proving to be as problematic as the incredibly disjointed “St. Anger”, songs throughout the album are often tainted by a production job that seems intent on bludgeoning the listener’s senses into oblivion as opposed to allowing the instruments to have any real breathing space. Lars Ulrich has long been to some the weak link in Metallica, and his undeniable limitations as a drummer are made all the more apparent here by a drum sound that often sounds highly unnatural and processed. Indeed, although the rest of the band sound more inspired than they have done in previous years, the relentless barrage of heavy guitars that all but smother the bass to silence can be considered as a resounding weakness in what are otherwise perfectly well constructed songs.

To summarise, to those who think Metallica to be irrelevant in a genre filled with far more forward-thinking artists, then “Death Magnetic” will certainly not prove strong enough to change this opinion. However, fans of the band who had clung to their belief that band were at least slightly capable of making up for previous errors may find material to enjoy here if they are willing to look past problems such as questionable lyrics and a weak production.


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Nagrarok
February 10th 2009


8527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't mean to say you did a bad job, but this has been reviewed COUNTLESS times already.

Athom
Emeritus
February 10th 2009


17241 Comments


methinks album's okThis Message Edited On 02.10.09

Phantom
February 10th 2009


8968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

FOR FUCKS SAKE

KILL
February 10th 2009


78793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Shut the shit up the more reviews the better

Digging: Metallica - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Mendigo
February 10th 2009


2299 Comments


so-so review for a so-so album.
actually it starts quite great, the first paragraph sums up Metallica's history really well, but you need to work on the actually music review, it's jumping around all over the place and without any flow. also choosing an album that doesn't already have like a dozen of reviews would be an idea.
but good work for a first one I guess ;)

kabster
February 10th 2009


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i know the album has been reviewed alot, i was jut really eager to give my opinion on it

PanasonicYouth
February 10th 2009


7413 Comments


Sound-offs for the win?

Phantom
February 10th 2009


8968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shut the **** up the more reviews the better


Not when the insight/content that's offered has been covered in the other reviews.



Pretty good for a first though.This Message Edited On 02.10.09

Rugter32
February 10th 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

useless review is useless



it's well done anyway, so can't complain

Merkaba33
February 10th 2009


703 Comments


12 reviews. is that the most for an album? someone enlighten me. i'm guessing 10,000 days is up there. i recall a lot for stadium arcadium too.

Merkaba33
February 10th 2009


703 Comments


actually 13. tied with 10,000 days i think

Lunarfall
February 10th 2009


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

American Idiot has 12 reviews, but none of them are by staff or contributors.

mynameischan
Emeritus
February 10th 2009


17965 Comments


how about it doesn't matter

Lunarfall
February 10th 2009


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

youre just mad because no one is reviewing taking back sunday anymore

bastard
February 10th 2009


3433 Comments


he just hatin' cuz u got dough

gaslightanthem
February 10th 2009


5209 Comments


PLAYERThis Message Edited On 02.10.09

bastard
February 10th 2009


3433 Comments


dont hate the players, hate the game

Rugter32
February 10th 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

do you mean... THE GAME?



Dammit, I lost now.

bastard
February 10th 2009


3433 Comments


damn it i was on a winning streak for like 5 days

Bfhurricane
February 10th 2009


6208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is simply the best way metallica have chosen to open a record since Battery.


Blackened. Anyways, I throw around a listen every now and then. I think the album is pretty awesome.



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