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Metallica - Deathwired

Okay so there's probably been a million Load/Reload mashup lists posted here... but I've yet to see anyone try to make one album out of Death Magnetic and Hardwired. Despite being released like eight years apart, they are very similar in that it's Metallica trying to recreate the classic aura of their first five albums, except without anywhere near the focus or understanding of what exactly made those albums great in the first place. There is about three hours worth of material between the two writing sessions... but I've managed to cut it down to the best of the best... creating what would be the shortest Metallica album since Master of Pupptets. I present to you, DEATHWIRED... 61 minutes of the best 21st century boomer metal man has to offer!
Death Magnetic

That Was Just Your Life (7:08)
For this spot I wanted a seriously thrash-y opener in the style of "Battery" and "Blackened", and that's what we have here in "That Was Just Your Life". If I had the power to edit the songs, I'd axe the entire intro and start the song at the 1:26 mark, but I'm just gonna go with what the band gave us for simplicity's sake. This songs' main riff is probably my favorite riff they've written post-AJFA, and even despite Hetfield's meme-y vocal performance, the song slap might just slap harder than anything that follows it.
Death Magnetic

All Nightmare Long (7:57)
Out of the 26 songs I could choose from, I decided on "All Nightmare Long" as my "Master of Puppets". It's one of the few songs that truly justifies the instrumental-adventurism that plagues the middle of the most of the songs from these sessions, and that is because the riffs on this track are just that good. It also features a real heavy hitting chorus, just like the aforementioned MoP, as well not one... but TWO Kirk Hammett wah solos. What more could you really ask for?
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Moth Into Flame (5:51)
The third spot on their classic albums always featured was always kind of an odd ball . You have the anthemic "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "The Thing That Should Not Be" aka the heaviest song the band has ever written, and the disowned "Eye of the Beholder". I decided to go the Bells route here with "Moth Into Flame". Is it their most overt attempt at a radio song since the Load days? Yes. Does it bring the riffs though? Even more so.
Death Magnetic

The Unforgiven III (7:47)
For the "ballad" spot, I decided to go with "The Unforgiven III". Click bait title aside, this really is a great ballad, and one the few songs from this era that James really pours his heart into. The S&M version that only features James and the orchestra is cool and all but I definitely the prefer the original. The "forgive me/forgive me not" section leading into Kirk's solo is actually pretty powerful, and I dig that it actually stays a ballad throughout its entire runtime unlike most of their other "ballads". I honestly wanted to put "Halo On Fire" in this spot, but it doesn't distinguish itself from the other tracks the way this one does.
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Hardwired (3:11)
Unforgiven III put you to sleep? Here's a five gallon bucket of ice water. "Hardwired" is the shortest and most thrash-y song the band has written since Kill 'Em All, and I put it here to act as this album's "The Shortest Straw", a straight thrash banger to act as a bridge between the long winded epic and the slow punisher.
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Dream No More (6:30)
While it may not be one of the nine best songs from this era, I couldn't not include this one. All their classic albums save for Kill 'Em All has a track like this. Slow. Heavy. Evil. This is the "Harvester of Sorrow" of this album, except this time with James really putting his vocals on display.
Beyond Magnetic

Rebel of Babylon (8:02)
If you haven't checked out the Beyond Magnetic EP, I highly recommend it, especially if you're at all into Death Magnetic or Hardwired. "Rebel of Babylon" is my personal favorite from the EP. It's a thrash epic dedicated to Cliff Burton, Layne Staley, and all the other musicians the band befriended and respected from afar that passed too early. It also includes a pretty awesome instrumental section, as well as one of the more unique intros of any Metallica song you'll hear.
Death Magnetic

The Day That Never Comes (7:57)
Technically this is where the instrumental would go, but honestly "Suicide and Redemption" just isn't up to snuff for me. Instead I'm putting "The Day That Never Comes" here, because a) it's a bit of a breather after a nearly unrelenting 20 minutes of straight metal, b) the second half of the song is the best instrumental passage they wrote on either album anyways, and c) it builds up perfectly to the album's closer.
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Spit Out the Bone (7:09)
Absolutely nobody should be surprised at this song's inclusion here. It doesn't go as hard as "Damage Inc." or "Dyers Eve"... and it isn't quite the epic that "Ktulu" and "The Outlaw Torn" are. Instead, the band balances the aggression of the former two and the theatrics of the latter two to make, dare I say, the perfect Metallica closer? All hyperbole aside, it really is a song that the band should be proud to retire on.
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