Metallica – Death Magnetic
By Charlie Goodrich Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008

Metallica has a lot to answer for. They began to lose their metal mojo in the mid-nineties after releasing Load and ReLoad both of which were more mainstream rock than metal. The band fast payday loans members also cut their hair and claimed metal is dead around the time of Load’s release. If this wasn’t enough to isolate fans that followed the band since the 80’s, Metallica went emo with their documentary “Some Kind of Monster” and drifted even further from metal with their 2003 album, St. Anger. By this point I was fairly fed up with Metallica. I have enjoyed all of their work prior to Load when they were primarily a thrash metal band, but for the past decade they have alienated themselves from the metal genre. Five years have passed since St. Anger, and Metallica has now released Death online payday loans Magnetic. Death Magnetic brings with it

two major changes to the Metallica camp. First, the band has reverted to its older sound complete with ripping guitar solos and furious drums. Second, Bob Rock is out as producer and in steps Rick Rubin. This change is critical to Metallica rediscovering their thrash ways because Bob Rock is responsible for producing all Metallica albums since 1990 when the band initially strayed from metal. Death Magnetic solves these two problems that plagued St. Anger and restores some of that vintage Metallica sound. However, it’s basically just the sound that returns. The lyrics payday loans online no credit check don’t hold up compared to Master or Puppets or Ride the Lightning. Death Magnetic is a good sign for Metallica and a step in the right direction, but they still have some work to do before returning to the status of metal gods. A faint heartbeat begins the album as “That was Just Your Life” ticks into action. A morbid guitar intro and then the pounding rhythm section follow instant payday network the heartbeat. It creates the image of a person near death, lying on a cold medical table, being shocked back to life by doctors. Once alive, the person erupts in payday the heist anger and vengeance. “That was Just Your Life” leaps out of the speakers and attacks the listener like a Metallica song should. Kirk Hammett plays fantastically and keeps this song chugging along. He adds a new guitar riff or solo at the perfect time to ensure this 7:08 long song doesn’t become monotonous. “That was Just Your Life” could have easily been included on …And Justice for All. The other shining beacon of awesomeness is “Broken, Beat, & Scarred.” With lyrics like, “Rise, fall, down, rise again” this could perhaps be a response to the hated St. Anger. Regardless of why it was inspired, “Broken, Beat, & Scarred” has all the elements to make it a fan favorite. James Hetfield belts out the lyrics with immense energy. To accompany this energy, Kirk shreds out the best riff I’ve heard him play since “Master of Puppets”, and the timing Lars has is remarkable. It may seem trivial to discuss timing but that is what separates the good drummers from the best drummers. You have to know when to drum and when not to (John Bonham did not understand this). Lars comes crashing in at the perfect times to simulate a person being pummeled and backs off when James sings of redemption. Unfortunately, after these two songs the album slips into mediocrity. “The End of the Line”, “All Nightmare Long”, “Unforgiven III”, “The Judas Kiss”, “Cyanide”, “Suicide and Redemption”, and “My Apocalypse” all suffer from the same problem. On average, these seven songs run 7:40 long. This wouldn’t be a bad thing if halfway through these tracks didn’t become tedious and boring but they do. It becomes easy to tune them out and lose interest. Each song repeats the same guitar riff and drum rhythm in a near continuous loop. James also seems disinterested in singing these songs. His powerful voice is toned down from the roaring “Broken, Beat, & Scarred” payday loan (with an exception being “All Nightmare payday loan online Long”). Not bad songs by any means; they are just too long. The good and bad have been discussed, now comes payday loans near me

the ugly. The biggest downfall on Death Magnetic has to be “The Day that Never Comes”. Just when you thought Metallica remembered how to rock they play this song. It starts off painstakingly slow for just finishing “Broken, Beat, & Scarred”. On the plus side, things finally pick up about seven minutes into the song. However, that is countered by poor production. Lars drumming becomes too loud and sounds distorted. Luckily, the song ends in another forty-five seconds and you don’t have to deal with all that racket. This distortion can also be heard on “The Judas Kiss” and “My Apocalypse”. It’s a shame that what could be crystal clear rock turns into an annoyance. Death Magnetic is leaps and bounds better than St. Anger. Fans of Metallica will be happy that the band has shifted towards a more metal sound. Don’t rejoice too soon though. They still have a far way to go before they are the thrash metal gods from the 1980’s. As a fan of old school Metallica I am glad I purchased Death Magnetic. “Broken, Beat, & Scarred” and “That was Just Your Life” are a worthy addition to Metallica’s catalog and should be added by fans of anything pre-Metallica.

2 Responses to “Metallica – Death Magnetic”

  1. Zach Patterson Says:

    i agree 100% here. this is an ok, slightly above average album that succeeds because it simply isn’t terrible like st. anger. it’s actually listenable for most of it, and parts of it are even really good, harkening back to classic metallica. the lyrics are trash though, and there are some pretty weak, uninteresting music parts.

    did unforgiven III need to be made? really? ….really?

  2. Andrew Raub Says:

    I really have no opinion on this whatsoever. Haven’t heard more than 2 or 3 tracks and probably never will.

    I’m really just curious how this would be received had St. Anger never been released, or had this been released instead of St. Anger.

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