Death Magnetic - Metallica
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  • Summary: The Rick Rubin-produced album for the heavy-metal band is its first to feature Robert Trujillo on bass.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
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  1. Of special note is the 10-minute instrumental 'Suicide and Redemption': listening to it, you almost forget that there are supposed to be words in rock songs, since it’s filled with building riffs, escalating volleys of tension and release, and moments of frantic drum abandon from Lars Ulrich that should do a lot to redeem his standing in Modern Drummer’s Drummer of the Year polls.
  2. Metallica is still vitally violent and on this terrific album--a de facto comeback, even if they never have really went away--they're finally acting like they enjoy being a great rock band.
  3. They responded with Death Magnetic, the best Metallica album since "Metallica."
  4. Not only does it banish the memory of "St Anger" but it’s easily their best work in 17 years.
  5. It's a conservative, preservative move by men who needed to reclaim their ground. But playing by those rules, Metallica wins.
  6. There’s a worrying air of desperation running through the band’s lyrical choices that thankfully doesn’t spill over into the music, but it is nonetheless a frequent distraction on an otherwise fine album from a heavy metal juggernaut that might just be kicking back into gear.
  7. The best ones spit in the face of death; this album instead finds aging men trying to reclaim their youth.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 232
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    2008 marks 25 years since Metallica's very first release, and they're still amazing. Also, this proves that DEATH MAGNETIC is not just a celebration of 25 years since KILL 'EM ALL--it's original, and every song is worth listening to--over and over and over. Expand
  2. Kumar
    Sep 13, 2008
    10
    Metallica come out swinging on this album. While I have been and will always be a Metallica fan, be it Reload or St. Anger, this album should and will make the old school thrasher fans to go rummaging through their wardrobe to find their old Metallica T-shirt so they can wear it again with pride while listening to Death Magnetic on their iPods with a sneer (and a smile) on their faces. Four thumbs way up!! Expand
  3. PatrickS.
    Sep 20, 2008
    10
    Death Magnetic rocks SO hard! Anyone who is bashing it is closed minded and to old to know what good music is anymore.
  4. JayS.
    Sep 12, 2008
    9
    As Metallica go down the "hard rock" path they laid out in "Load" days, I think they do so with speed and an edge. While the detrators will all say it's not "Kill 'em All," "Puppets," or "Lightning," they album still rocks hard and is a must for any 'tallica fan. Expand
  5. BerndK.
    Sep 28, 2008
    9
    A very good album after a very bad st.anger album metallica is back.
  6. KendoJ
    Jun 6, 2009
    8
    I'm liking it more and more with each play-through. While the sound is hardly original - it's traditional Metallica through and through - It's bursting with an energy and vibrancy that defies the age of these rock stars. Some absolutely incredible guitar and drum work within. Expand
  7. EvanK.
    Sep 14, 2008
    0
    I just don't get Metallica. I gave this album a listen, and it was just terrible. Then I listened again -- worse yet. I need to scrub my ear lobes after that trash. Expand

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