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Release date: 12 September 2008
Style: Thrash metal

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Disc I [CD]
01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Broken, Beat & Scarred
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. All Nightmare Long
06. Cyanide
07. The Unforgiven III
08. The Judas Kiss
09. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse

Disc II [CD] [Demo Magnetic]
01. Hi Guy
02. Neinteen
03. Black Squirrel
04. Casper
05. Flamingo
06. German Soup
07. UN3
08. Gymbag
09. K2LU
10. Ten

Disc III [DVD] [Making Magnetic]
+ That Was Just Your Life
+ The End Of The Line
+ Broken, Beat & Scarred
+ The Day That Never Comes
+ All Nightmare Long
+ Cyanide
+ The Unforgiven III
+ The Judas Kiss
+ Suicide & Redemption
+ My Apocalypse

The Best Heavy Metal Album Of 2008 /The biggest surprise of 2008

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (10)


Additional info
Recorded from 12 March 2007 to May 2008 in Los Angeles, California by Greg Fidelman and Mike Gillies.
Produced by Rick Rubin and Metallica.
Mixed by Greg Fidelman and Andrew Scheps.
Mastered by Ted Jensen.

Piano by James Hetfield.
Strings arranged and conducted by David Campbell.

Staff review by
destroyah

Rating:
8.0
It's always very difficult to analyze what Metallica has created, seems as normal criteria doesn't apply to them, so I might as well just get this off my chest - if „Death Magnetic" wasn't a Metallica album, I would probably rate it pretty darn close to ten stars. However, since I too have the impressive legacy of their previous works to consider, I will not. This of course technically makes me a whore - that's fair, I digest. But numbers and stars aside, do I think this is a good album?

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published 12.09.2008 | Comments (142)

Guest review by
BobNickMad

Rating:
9.0
Metallica made fans to wait 5 years for a new album,again.The first Wait was between ''Metallica'' and ''Load'',the second was between ''Garage inc.'' and ''St.Anger''. And the last one between ''St.Anger'' and this album:''Death Magnetic''. ''Load'' and ''St.Anger'' were disappointments, is ''Death Magnetic'' another disappointment? Hell no.

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published 04.05.2009 | Comments (30)

Guest review by
Lupas

Rating:
8.0
After St. Anger's dismal fallout, Metallica definitely needed to shake their foundations if they were going to retain their fame, fortune and most of all, their following. Luckily, they did, and quite efficiently too, as new album Death Magnetic distinctly restores their credibility.

To help themselves out, they brought in major league producer Rick Rubin (of Slayer, System Of A Down and Johnny Cash fame), who seems to have gauged the perfect balance between the grittier edge of Metallica's classic sound circa And Justice For All and the music they tried (not so successfully) to inject into St Anger.

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rise447 - 24.04.2011 at 09:47  
Rating: 5 Music:3
Vocals:7
Lyrics:5
Melody:3
Production:8
Originality:3
CD Cover:9
My top 5:
1. Broken, Beat & Scarred
2. Cyanide
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?
Metallica are out of juice.They've got nothing left and they'll never reach what they had before.
Bad album.
jpwiseguy - 24.04.2011 at 15:46  
  Harsh...

I think it's a great album myself, but I agree it is not their best. However, I can really hear some of their influences in this one...bands like Misfits, Danzig, Mercyful Fate, Diamond Head, Black Sabbath. In fact, some of the melodic stuff Kirk does in this album sounds like it would fit right in on any of their mid - late 80's albums. I've been listening to Metallica since Ride the Lightning came out, and I honestly don't understand all of the Metallica hatered. Yes, they have fooled around with their style quite a bit over the last 20 years, and yes, St. Anger was sub-par, but what do you people expect? Master of Puppets over and over again for 25+ years? It is called expirimentation, and alot of great bands have done it at one point or another, successful or not. IMO, we have a big problem in metal nowadays, and this that alot of metal bands nowadays are a carbon copy of each other. There seems to be an endless sea of bands sticking to that tried and true, generic death metal growling and screaming accompanied by boring, simple guitar and drum work that only focuses on being as brutal sounding as possible (with the exception of few who I believe stand out above the rest: Arch Enemy, Opeth, Skeletonwitch, and Amon Amarth to just name a few), scared to wonder off the beaten path, or put any complexity of emotion into their music, and because of that, it is good to see Metallica is still around making music and touring.

Anyways, stay metal my friends...
Heart_of_METAL - 21.06.2011 at 23:14  
Rating: 10 This album is great comeback of Metallica, maybe some 'metalheads' told you, it's bad or worst album, but you know what?, it's bullshits. Make more than one quick listening and you'll see that Death Magnetic is really great album.
Cynic Metalhead - 04.07.2011 at 12:48  
Rating: 7 It was a great comeback and this album horizontally and vertically is awesome!!! Now pretty scared of the new album which is due this year. Lets see how they' sounds??!!!!
aerobat97 - 01.09.2011 at 19:16  
Rating: 8 Best Metallican album since the black album IMO
Death_95 - 06.10.2011 at 16:32  
  Underrated.
Daniell - 06.10.2011 at 17:07  
Rating: 7
Written by aerobat97 on 01.09.2011 at 19:16

Best Metallican album since the black album IMO


That's not so hard to achieve...
Troy Killjoy - 06.10.2011 at 19:50  
Rating: 6
Written by Death_95 on 06.10.2011 at 16:32
Underrated.

You're implying that it's good or something.
@gent_-_orange - 07.10.2011 at 01:14  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.10.2011 at 19:50

Written by Death_95 on 06.10.2011 at 16:32
Underrated.

You're implying that it's good or something.

It gets such high reviews IMO because it has to be compared to the garbage they released in the 90's, on its own this album is nothing special. If it didn't have the words "Metallica" on it no one would give a shit.
Angelic Storm - 07.10.2011 at 01:44  
Rating: 8
Written by @gent_-_orange on 07.10.2011 at 01:14
It gets such high reviews IMO because it has to be compared to the garbage they released in the 90's, on its own this album is nothing special. If it didn't have the words "Metallica" on it no one would give a shit.


I'd say it also gets a lot of unnecessary bashing just because the word "Metallica" is on it. Therefore, I think this album is overrated in certain quarters and unfairly maligned in others. When it comes to Metallica, they seem to incite very extreme reactions one way or the other. As somebody said to me not long ago, Metallica are in a position now that no matter what they release, it will be bashed in some quarters because of the level of hatred some metalheads have for them. And I completely agree with that.
Troy Killjoy - 07.10.2011 at 01:55  
Rating: 6
Written by Angelic Storm on 07.10.2011 at 01:44
I'd say it also gets a lot of unnecessary bashing just because the word "Metallica" is on it.

Exactly. It goes both ways, that's what happens when you make it big. You can never please everyone, but you can always disappoint someone.
@gent_-_orange - 07.10.2011 at 02:02  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 07.10.2011 at 01:44

Written by @gent_-_orange on 07.10.2011 at 01:14
It gets such high reviews IMO because it has to be compared to the garbage they released in the 90's, on its own this album is nothing special. If it didn't have the words "Metallica" on it no one would give a shit.


I'd say it also gets a lot of unnecessary bashing just because the word "Metallica" is on it. Therefore, I think this album is overrated in certain quarters and unfairly maligned in others. When it comes to Metallica, they seem to incite very extreme reactions one way or the other. As somebody said to me not long ago, Metallica are in a position now that no matter what they release, it will be bashed in some quarters because of the level of hatred some metalheads have for them. And I completely agree with that.


I realise it is the in thing to bash Metallica, But I really tried to like this album and unfortunately it came off as mediocre for me. But I would say that this band is in a position that they could release anything that remotely resembles the glory days and it would have been hailed as an excellent return to form. Which for me it simply is not, I will say that this album is way better than anything released after AJFA, But I still think its nothing special, which for me just shows for me how bad they got during the 90's.

So all in all I would say that this album is neither as bad (nor as good) as people make it out to be. Its all opinions at the end of the day though
Angelic Storm - 07.10.2011 at 02:02  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.10.2011 at 01:55
Exactly. It goes both ways, that's what happens when you make it big. You can never please everyone, but you can always disappoint someone.


This is very true. It's impossible if you're a big band to please everyone. And some people will disown a band once they make it big purely because they prefer it when a band is like some great secret that they think no-one else knows about. Metallica are a band that illicits blind praise and blind hate in almost equal measure, and I think because of this, many people cannot judge Metallica's music completely and totally on it's own merits. I personally think "Death Magnetic" has some great moments, but it's also a bit disjointed and messy. It's no way as good as the first 4 albums, but it's still a good album imo. And yes, no matter what a band does, they will disappoint someone. People bash Slayer for not changing, yet other bands get bashed for changing... you cant win!
masterofpeace95 - 03.11.2011 at 01:40  
Rating: 9 Metallica has arrived with death magnetic. Definetely their best album since the black album, not saying that load,reload and st anger are bad
Boxcar Willy - 15.12.2011 at 03:35  
  And then came LULU...
grote_smurf - 16.12.2011 at 00:38  
Rating: 8 For the people who are old enough to have witnessed the vinyl era:
I consider Death Magnetic as a single with "All Nightmare Long" (the best song since "Blackened") at the A-side and "That Was Just Your Life" at the B-side.

I really hoped DM would be an omen of the rebirth of Metallica, a band that I used to purpose to be dead after the Black Album, a cd full of radio airplay stuff (except "The Struggle Within", a pretty cool song i.m.h.o.) and "(Re)Load" of Boredom and "St. Anger", on which Kirk seemed to suffer from muscle-contractions that restrained him from delivering any guitarsolo.

But now, after 4 years of waiting, we "enjoy" the album "Lulu" with Metallica as Lou Reed's escort band.

Once Metallica fired Dave Mustaine for drinking and fucking too much and forgetting to be a musician, now vengeance is at Dave & Co's side.
Big-Al - 23.02.2012 at 16:29  
Rating: 7 Http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/2656/mettoillica2tv4.jpg
Array - 23.02.2012 at 18:46  
Rating: 8
Written by grote_smurf on 16.12.2011 at 00:38

For the people who are old enough to have witnessed the vinyl era:
I consider Death Magnetic as a single with "All Nightmare Long" (the best song since "Blackened") at the A-side and "That Was Just Your Life" at the B-side.

I really hoped DM would be an omen of the rebirth of Metallica, a band that I used to purpose to be dead after the Black Album, a cd full of radio airplay stuff (except "The Struggle Within", a pretty cool song i.m.h.o.) and "(Re)Load" of Boredom and "St. Anger", on which Kirk seemed to suffer from muscle-contractions that restrained him from delivering any guitarsolo.

But now, after 4 years of waiting, we "enjoy" the album "Lulu" with Metallica as Lou Reed's escort band.

Once Metallica fired Dave Mustaine for drinking and fucking too much and forgetting to be a musician, now vengeance is at Dave & Co's side.

Dude just enjoy Death Magnetic and wait for the next real album.
Vod52 - 02.03.2012 at 20:04  
Rating: 9 A new style more agressive but they play more like they do in the past. A good one expect better for the future
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 01:59  
Rating: 9 Metallica returns to its roots and it's nice.
8,5/10
RokBoks - 02.08.2012 at 07:37  
Rating: 7 Very nice return to thrash but just some rough edges. "That Was Just Your LIfe" is a pretty good intro and sounds like something a great budding thrash band in the 80's would have written although it pales in comparison to something like blackened or battery. .5/5
LordHypnos - 13.10.2012 at 00:40  
Rating: 3 I bet the next album will suck more than this one...
Illog1cal - 04.11.2012 at 16:35  
  Metallica lost their way a long time ago and this attempt at past glory is only just passable. It feels clunky and the thing it does is highlight how far away they have drifted in the 90's and 2000's.
'All Nightmare Long' does sound like something that could have been forged in the 80s however, and there are some other commendable efforts.
megadeath13 - 04.11.2012 at 22:32  
  Its a good comeback from the giant band Metallica, but it cant touch the greatness of the 80s. There are too many bad songs and the production is pathetic. And dont get me wrong but i cant stand Hetfields voice anymore. Metallica are overrated anyway.
Dentura - 13.11.2012 at 10:53  
Rating: 6 Meh, even Load is better than this. This is such a half-assed attempt to win back the old-school thrash fans; a lot of mediocre songs (the bland instrumental Suicide and Redemption is especially a culprit) and a WAY-overproduced sound (just because you can make your album "louder", doesn't mean the album is going to automatically "kick ass", just saying ).
Nemo Atkins - 22.12.2012 at 15:52  
  I barely listen to this any more. And I used to be a pretty big Metallica fan! I think there are three serious flaws with this album which are part of the reason I don't tend to listen to it:

1. The horrendous production. To sum up my problems with it, it's far too loud, the bass is practically inaudible and, even on low volumes, it's headache inducing.
2. The drumming is pretty poor. I know Lars isn't the best drummer in metal (I'd probably argue either Dave Lombardo or Gene Hoglan deserve that position, with a slight lean towards Hoglan after his awesome drumming on Testament's recent album), but his drumming on this is easily the weakest performance on this album (especially on some of the faster tracks, where he sounds like he's struggling to keep up with the music). Everyone else does pretty good, though.
3. The material is so consistently average (by thrash standards: by normal standards, it's not too shabby) that it's not funny. Exceptions being "Suicide And Redemption" (which I'm still convinced is a song they couldn't think of lyrics to and shouldn't have been released in the first place) and "All Nightmare Long" (which I think is pretty good by thrash standards and, had the production been more tolerable, probably would have been on my playlist of favourite songs).
Jaeryd17‍ - 28.12.2012 at 00:26  
Rating: 6 I think this was a somewhat decent comeback. A bit better Black Album, and much better than Load and onward, but not as good as ...And Justice for All and albums before it.
John Sandman - 20.03.2013 at 20:45  
Rating: 8 The guitar hero version sounds way better than the cd version.
Nick K. - 31.05.2013 at 12:45  
  IMO not a lot better than then previous Albums. And the production is ridiculous.
deadone - 17.01.2014 at 06:30  
Rating: 7 So the boys are going into the studio in "a couple of weeks" and we can probably expect a new album in 2015.

I wonder if it'll be on par with Death Magnetic or hopefully better. The big problem I had with Death Magnetic was the production.

Beyond Magnetic actually sounded better.
deadone - 01.03.2014 at 00:36  
Rating: 7 This would've been an awesome album had Rick Rubin not fucked the sound up.
Ace Frawley - 01.03.2014 at 10:39  
Rating: 6
Written by deadone on 01.03.2014 at 00:36

This would've been an awesome album had Rick Rubin not fucked the sound up.


The songwriting is the real issue though, and this stuff is just pretty average compared to their first four albums. I don't think Rick Rubin was writing any songs here.
deadone - 03.03.2014 at 00:08  
Rating: 7
Written by Ace Frawley on 01.03.2014 at 10:39

Written by deadone on 01.03.2014 at 00:36

This would've been an awesome album had Rick Rubin not fucked the sound up.


The songwriting is the real issue though, and this stuff is just pretty average compared to their first four albums. I don't think Rick Rubin was writing any songs here.


I think the song writing is decent. There's a lot of stuff that I like over the overlong, repetitive AJFA stuff. Songs like All Nightmare Long and Judas Kiss are superb.


The problem IMO is the sound and in particular it is too loud which means the sound is heavily distorted and especially the drums which sound terrible.



By the way I didn't expect Metallica to write another Thrash album.
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.03.2014 at 00:11  
Rating: 5 Hmm, speaking of overlong and repetitive, this album's 74 minute long length is undoubtedly one of the biggest issues, along with that atrocious production. Only enough songwriting here to justify an album half that long, and what actual songwriting there is is rather average.
deadone - 03.03.2014 at 01:11  
Rating: 7 I actually find I don't notice the length unlike AJFA. I guess the music is accessible enough for it to be decent background music if ones does zone out.

It does help some of my favourite songs from it are at the end of the album.

The only place where AJFA wins over Death Magnetic is number of really memorable "hits" ala One, Harvester of Sorrows and Blackened.
Hex_Omega - 02.09.2014 at 14:27  
Rating: 6 What I think about Death Magnetic production.

Zaphod - 02.09.2014 at 20:12  
Rating: 6 That Was Just Your Life, All Nightmare Long, The Judas Kiss, Suicide & Redemption all had a lot of potential and with a little more tweaking and a less shitty production I would probably have revisited those songs from time to time. (those four songs alone are over 30 minutes so cutting some filler riffs/moments would have done a lot too)

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