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Metallica Death Magnetic: the band Returns to their roots with this 2008 Masterpiece!

Updated on January 3, 2018

The album cover for Death Magnetic

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With the album Death Magnetic, Metallica shows that they still have what it takes to be a great band

After the release of St. Anger, I'm sure many metal fans were wondering whether Metallica was done as a band or whether they would release something better. Well, they answered that question with the release of Death Magnetic in 2008. The album's producer is Rick Rubin, famous for his work with Slayer. Gone is the tin can sounding drums and we hear drums the way that they should be played. The album is a really long one clocking in at over 74 minutes and ten songs. If you don’t have the patience to sit and listen to this album, then I wouldn’t recommend this album. Death Magnetic marks the return of Metallica to the kind of style that made them famous. Of course this is not an exact copy of And Justice For All or a Master of Puppets. In fact, I would say that Death Magnetic is a quality album and easily their best since 1988. Yes, this album is that good believe me. Death Magnetic is an album that is sure to excite many of Metallica’s veteran fan base that is used to hearing their thrash metal classics such as Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets. This album marks the first time that Robert Trujillo actually plays bass guitar on a Metallica album. Bob Rock handled the bass guitar duties on the previous album St. Anger. It was a five year wait for fans of this band between albums but we can say that the wait was worth it as Death Magnetic is a fine release of the decade of the 2000’s. While Metallica has continued to thrive as a band, bands like Megadeth have really dropped off. Metallica certainly should get credit for being one of the best US metal bands ever. After their experimentation with albums such as Load, Re-Load, and St. Anger, the true style of Metallica is back in full force with this album! After releasing an album with a raw sound and ferocity that was not seen from Metallica in years, they return to write an even better album.

The album Death Magnetic: That Was Just Your Life

The opener That Was Just Your Life starts out with a slow part just like in a few of their earlier songs years ago before becoming an aggressive and thrash metal type of song. Kirk Hammett uses the wah pedal when he plays the solo in this song. Yes, there are guitar solos in this album, thank goodness! I love this one and it’s a great way to open the album.

Death Magnetic: Songs 2 through 5

The End of the Line is another solid song and it features a nice and soft section later in the song. The song called Master of Puppets had a style similar to this where it would be heavy and then switch to a softer part. Broken, Beat and Scarred is another heavy song that tries to get across that message that what does not kill you makes you stronger. Most of us have heard this before. Whatever may happen to us in our lives can either make or break us. James Hetfield uses his voice to his advantage in that part. I especially like how Hetfield does the vocal parts in The Unforgiven 3. That song starts out with an excellent piano part before the vocals start. It is one of the best ballads that I have heard. It beats The Unforgiven (1991) and The Unforgiven 2 (1997). All Nightmare Long is just a really, really heavy song with a lot of picking and it shows a return to 1983. If the song called Hunter Killer is a masterpiece on the album called Carnival Diablos by Canadian metal band Annihilator, then All Nightmare Long is outstanding on Death Magnetic. I have always loved the fast and heavy stuff and this song is no exception! This is one of those songs worth listening to over and over. You will not be disappointed.

The song called That Was Just Your Life

The second half of the album ends in the best way possible: with the song My Apocalypse

Cyanide is another great song and once again, this one has a section with softer vocals. The song is about someone who has died and he feels at bliss because of that. Life is precious so if you are feeling down and want to end it there is a better alternative, life!

Suicide and Redemption is an instrumental song lasting almost ten minutes. But it is not as good as Orion or The Call of Ktulu. It would be hard to top those songs. My Apocalypse is now one of my absolute favorite tracks on the album. But it features solid and aggressive vocals. This song reminds me of Damage Inc. because of the fast guitar picking, fast drumming and overall fast pace of this song. If you don't like long albums then you will be disappointed as there is no song under five minutes. You really have to be patient. Death Magnetic is a solid comeback by these US heavy metal veterans and it is much better than St. Anger. In fact, I would say that in some ways, it beats Master of Puppets. Yes, I know many will disagree but that is my opinion. Is Death Magnetic the best album by Metallica? No, but it has speed, aggression, melody and even a ballad style song. Death Magnetic has variety in the songs and that’s a good thing for sure.

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This is one of those albums that a heavy metal fan should have

For a 2008 album this is one of the best that I have heard. Any metal fan must get this album. Metallica really redeemed themselves after St. Anger and they are showing on this album what their true talent is. I will admit that this is the way that I felt when I first wrote this review. But much time has passed since then and I have changed my opinion. I have grown to really enjoy some of the songs on St. Anger but Death Magnetic is superior to that album in pretty much every way. Recommended songs on this album include That Was Just Your Life, All Nightmare Long, Cyanide, The Unforgiven 3, The Judas Kiss, and the excellent last thrash metal song My Apocalypse. Cliff Burton would have been really proud of an album like this had he lived to see the greatness that Metallica has achieved. Metallica along with Testament and Slayer stand out to me as the three finest US thrash metal bands of all time. I am sure that even after Metallica calls it quits as a band the people that really appreciate fine music will see that Death Magnetic is a solid release. The final score for Death Magnetic is a 92 out of 100 points! Dave Mustaine doesn’t even realize what he could have seen and experienced from these US heavy metal legends. Metallica will always be a better band than Megadeth in this writer’s opinion.

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