Death Magnetic

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 659 Ratings

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  1. Sep 6, 2013
    4
    Death Magnetic is a way for Metallica to appease fans, and it turns out that as long as you say "old skool" fans will buy it. This is not the Metallica of old, but the Metallica of today: a bunch of middle-aged rich american men who try to sound like a lame 80s metal ripoff. Trujillo plays bass guitar for the first time in a Metallica record, but he is a fish out of water, completely takenDeath Magnetic is a way for Metallica to appease fans, and it turns out that as long as you say "old skool" fans will buy it. This is not the Metallica of old, but the Metallica of today: a bunch of middle-aged rich american men who try to sound like a lame 80s metal ripoff. Trujillo plays bass guitar for the first time in a Metallica record, but he is a fish out of water, completely taken out of his comfort zone. The production is plain horrible, with little dynamics involved and some crappy choices (like the sound of Ulrich's drums). Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2016
    4
    This album is a disappointment in Metallica's somewhat polarising discography. It is forgetable when compared to the universally acclaimed Master of Puppets and Ride The Lightning, and the legendarily bad St.Anger, this one is just a bit...lame.

    None of the songs really stick with you, and it feels like the album drags on for its fairly long runtime. All of the songs are long, and
    This album is a disappointment in Metallica's somewhat polarising discography. It is forgetable when compared to the universally acclaimed Master of Puppets and Ride The Lightning, and the legendarily bad St.Anger, this one is just a bit...lame.

    None of the songs really stick with you, and it feels like the album drags on for its fairly long runtime. All of the songs are long, and although they display some technical complexity in the structure, they don't really have any emotion or edge implemented in them. They feel lifeless, and not at all memorable.

    This album is not an essential component in the Metallica discography, which is to be expected, as Metallica (and other ageing metal acts) are well past their prime.

    For me this album does not ruin, but certainly tarnishes Metallica's immense reputation, and simply going back to their "thrash roots" is not enough to compose genuine and interesting songs. Lets hope with their next album they can leave a bigger impression than simply 'okay'...
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  3. JoshH
    Oct 15, 2009
    5
    It still is the best album they've done for about twenty years, but God that's not a difficult thing to achieve. This album does nothing for the imagination though, it's just plain same old Metallica. Nothing special really.
  4. AshP.
    Sep 13, 2008
    5
    Sounds like a remake of load till you get to all nightmare long,then you feel like your back to the master of puppets days but only for a brief second,get out of the studio go back to the garage drink some piss and go back to where it all started,and we might have some hope of getting the seek and destroy days back.
  5. BigD
    Sep 18, 2008
    4
    I don't have much to say just that since cliff died metallica have never been the same, never will be and never can be. He made the band, made so many of the riffs and since dieing they've lost it. O well least the first 4 albums are good. R.I.P Cliff.
  6. MickT.
    Sep 25, 2008
    6
    It's alright. Better than Load and so forth. Another band destroyed by overexposure. Metallica eponymous was their swan song. What happened to the winding mystery. To much straight ahead, not enough story. I by chance listened to #9, the suicide instrumental and I hoped the rest would be better. It wasn't. Dumbed down Metallica.
  7. tankJ.
    Jan 16, 2009
    6
    Two great songs. The rest sounds like the same stuff you have already heard from Metallica.
  8. YitbosG
    Sep 17, 2008
    4
    I just feel that after the past album debacles that Metallica has tried to recreate Master of Puppets. The problem is the songs, lyrics and riffs are just not as good. Where is the political angst and anger at society? I see a band more worried about their inner feelings of growing old and feeling irrelevant in the music world. This has been a fatal flaw for many bands and usually I just feel that after the past album debacles that Metallica has tried to recreate Master of Puppets. The problem is the songs, lyrics and riffs are just not as good. Where is the political angst and anger at society? I see a band more worried about their inner feelings of growing old and feeling irrelevant in the music world. This has been a fatal flaw for many bands and usually provides the proverbial nail in the coffin for bands, ironic given the album cover. I Expand
  9. jimmyw.
    Sep 19, 2008
    4
    what a load of dung. bang bang bang scream... wow, we know ye can play heavy stuff but what about some music. why all the noise. his voice just becomes anoying, when it used to sound powerfull. i think they are listening to there fans too much instead of doing there own thing,they should go with there age and play some slow songs.until it sleeps,nothing else...why didnt they have the real what a load of dung. bang bang bang scream... wow, we know ye can play heavy stuff but what about some music. why all the noise. his voice just becomes anoying, when it used to sound powerfull. i think they are listening to there fans too much instead of doing there own thing,they should go with there age and play some slow songs.until it sleeps,nothing else...why didnt they have the real intro for unforgiven3. Expand
  10. HeshamK
    Dec 25, 2008
    4
    Louder does not mean better. Metallica here only shows they can still wreck your ears, however the quality of what is being played is very bad in comparison to the Old Metallica. Kirk is playing Good Solos but he does not "feel" what is being played at all.. He is just guitar shredding throughout the album. Unforgiven 3 is a disgrace to Unforgiven 1. Metallica used to know how to play Louder does not mean better. Metallica here only shows they can still wreck your ears, however the quality of what is being played is very bad in comparison to the Old Metallica. Kirk is playing Good Solos but he does not "feel" what is being played at all.. He is just guitar shredding throughout the album. Unforgiven 3 is a disgrace to Unforgiven 1. Metallica used to know how to play music now they turned to just another loud band that sucks. They should learn from Iron Maiden how to be creative and still be a Legendary band. Lyrics: 3 (just like any average band nowadays) Vocals: 3 (Terrible record from James) Guitars: 6 (unnecessarily too Fast and unrelated to the songs' theme) Bass: 6 (Too loud and usually unnecessary too) this adds to 4.5/10 but i wouldn't give it a 5 so 4 is all it can get. Conclusion: The record sounds like each band member played his own part at home on his own and then they met up at the studio and mixed it all up. No Harmony at all, the album fails miserably. Expand
  11. SkylerR.
    Sep 16, 2008
    6
    It was definitely better than St.Anger it could have been a hell of a lot better. I don't think they are using Lars to his full potential. All in all its a decent album not great but it didn't suck
  12. May 10, 2011
    6
    While the album certainly has its moments, it's hardly the return to glory form that I was expecting. Worth listening to but it's mostly just a collection of recycled material.
  13. Jan 7, 2012
    5
    just a mediocre album with no "personality".of course, it's better than st.anger.but if we want to be honest with yourselves, we have to admit that the album was pretty boring. this is not an essential album for a metal fan, but a hardcore metallica fan may find it terrific. it has some songs with powerful solos and riffs, but there is not a really great song in the album. anyway, it's thejust a mediocre album with no "personality".of course, it's better than st.anger.but if we want to be honest with yourselves, we have to admit that the album was pretty boring. this is not an essential album for a metal fan, but a hardcore metallica fan may find it terrific. it has some songs with powerful solos and riffs, but there is not a really great song in the album. anyway, it's the best album that the band released since 1991. hopefully, their next album will be better. (i do not consider lulu a metallica album) Expand
  14. May 30, 2013
    4
    Únicas Boas De Death Magnetic.
    1-The Day That Never Comes
    2-The Unforgiven III
    3-All Nightmare Long
    4-Broken,Beat & Scarred
    Com 10 Faixas E 4 Músicas Boas Nota 4.
  15. Feb 12, 2016
    6
    The problem with Death Magnetic is that while it's a return to form for Metallica and easily a better album than St. Anger, it comes across as feeling extremely contrived. Pieces of entirely different songs are stitched together in a failed attempt to make them one cohesive effort, uninspired lyrics about entirely trivial and unrelated subject matters are sung over the top of riffs ofThe problem with Death Magnetic is that while it's a return to form for Metallica and easily a better album than St. Anger, it comes across as feeling extremely contrived. Pieces of entirely different songs are stitched together in a failed attempt to make them one cohesive effort, uninspired lyrics about entirely trivial and unrelated subject matters are sung over the top of riffs of varying quality and songs borrow heavily from their early efforts in order to emulate past successes (EG: The Unforgiven III, a song that has very little to do with previous entries in the Unforgiven tale and even lacks the word 'Unforgiven' in its lyrics, The Day That Never Comes, an attempt to emulate Fade to Black or My Apocalypse, a poor mans Dyer's Eve). Even St. Anger, an album considered (accurately) by most to be worse than Death Magnetic didn't borrow nearly as much or feel nearly as contrived. It's not to say Death Magnetic is a bad album however, but it's a Frankenstein of different pieces of their past smashed together into a acceptable package and released as an album. Apart from a spare few moments, nothing on Death Magnetic feels like a product of any real inspiration or even a song its creators wanted to make - it felt like a product of the bands obligation to create an album intended to counteract the blacklash of St. Anger and nothing more. Worse yet, an already questionable effort is marred by easily some of the worst production heard by man. Never mind albums like Californication, Rick Rubin has truly achieved his worst with Death Magnetic with a team of flat, dry sounding guitars, excessively compressed drums, vocal capture that fails to capture all of the subtle mids and bass of James Hetfields voice instead leaving you with dry sounding treble reminiscent of scrubbing your ears with sandpaper. To top it all off, the mix is so bad it will almost literally make your ears bleed - the version of Death Magnetic released to ear features not only the very worst production and mixing Metallica has ever pressed to disc, but an auditory nightmare that takes it's place among the very worst sounding albums ever made! The album lacks any dynamics whatsoever with the entire mix being stonewalled into oblivion and them amplified to the level of clipping so bad that even the average joe who doesn't know what clipping is can complain about it. Worse yet, the album sounds like it was recorded in a foam vacuum chamber with absolutely none of the natural reverb and warmth that made albums like 'The Black Album' sound so rich and heavy. So, with everything said so far, you're expecting this to be an overly negative review, right? Wrong. Despite doing so much so poorly, Death Magnetic is far from a terrible album. Infact, given the age and experience of the band, as well as the quality of their previous release, Death Magnetic is a remarkably solid effort. Most of the songs on the album (Excluding 'Cyanide' and 'My Apocalypse', two songs to poor for the album and that should have been replaced with 'Hate Train' and 'Rebel of Babylon' from the Beyond Magnetic EP) are genuinely good songs, and while the production and mixing brings the album down considerably, Death Magnetic is still worth a listen. It's far from the worst thing Metallica has ever created (That honor would go to 2011's 'LuLu') and while it's of lesser quality (in just about every way) than their often loathed Load and ReLoad albums, for the 80's Metallica purist who'd accept no less than 'The Black Album' in terms of heaviness, Death Magnetic is an album aimed straight at you - give it a listen, you'll probably love it. Expand
  16. May 11, 2016
    6
    It's decent. It's a serviceable thrash album with some very promising moments here and there, but they don't sound particularly as angry as they should (at least St. Anger has that over this album), the production is pretty off-putting and a lot of the songs feel like they plod on for 7-8 minutes just because they can; if Metallica trimmed the fat and told their producers to stop focusingIt's decent. It's a serviceable thrash album with some very promising moments here and there, but they don't sound particularly as angry as they should (at least St. Anger has that over this album), the production is pretty off-putting and a lot of the songs feel like they plod on for 7-8 minutes just because they can; if Metallica trimmed the fat and told their producers to stop focusing on loudness for loudness' sake this could have been at least a 7. Expand
  17. Nov 21, 2016
    6
    When this was released it was an 8 for me, especially following St Anger which was terrible....... I would say now 8 years on and in the wake of their newest album its more like a 6.5 or maybe 7.....It just isn't that memorable or compelling to put in. The songs are long and aren't near as catchy as their current release Hardwired...To Self Destruct.

    Highlights are The Day that Never
    When this was released it was an 8 for me, especially following St Anger which was terrible....... I would say now 8 years on and in the wake of their newest album its more like a 6.5 or maybe 7.....It just isn't that memorable or compelling to put in. The songs are long and aren't near as catchy as their current release Hardwired...To Self Destruct.

    Highlights are The Day that Never Comes, All Nightmare Long and Unforgiven III.
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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Sometimes the album's mini-epics come off as we've still got it! stunts. But when it's working, the effect is like ceding your senses to a particularly well-engineered roller coaster in the dark.
  2. The best ones spit in the face of death; this album instead finds aging men trying to reclaim their youth.
  3. The musicianship feels thrillingly live throughout, and nimble new bassist Robert Trujillo helps, even though he's mostly heard as a distant, ominous rumble.