Death Magnetic

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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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The Day That Never Comes
Born to push you around Better just stay down You pull away, he hits the flesh You hit the ground Mouths so full of lies Tend to black your... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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. Not only does it banish the memory of "St Anger" but it’s easily their best work in 17 years.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    Producer Rick Rubin has made Metallica sound like Metallica again. [Nov 2008, p.116]
  4. The musicianship feels thrillingly live throughout, and nimble new bassist Robert Trujillo helps, even though he's mostly heard as a distant, ominous rumble.
  5. It's a conservative, preservative move by men who needed to reclaim their ground. But playing by those rules, Metallica wins.
  6. Metallica certainly have a lot to prove with Death Magnetic, the follow-up to 2003’s "St. Anger," an album which divided the critics and the band’s own audience.
  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: 15 out of 243
  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 a2008 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. ShivR.
    Sep 13, 2008
    10
    A Metallica classic. Features an immense opener, scorching Instrumental and two of the best songs Metallica have ever done; All Nightmare A Metallica classic. Features an immense opener, scorching Instrumental and two of the best songs Metallica have ever done; All Nightmare Long and The Judas Kiss. 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. STroy
    Sep 12, 2008
    9
    If another band had made this album, everyone would say its amazing. Since we expect so much out of Metallica, whatever they do, we If another band had made this album, everyone would say its amazing. Since we expect so much out of Metallica, whatever they do, we don't consider perfect! Expand
  5. RudyS.
    Sep 20, 2008
    9
    I bought St Anger the day it was released here in South Africa, and gave it away 30 minutes after listening it, that was crud. I'm a fan I bought St Anger the day it was released here in South Africa, and gave it away 30 minutes after listening it, that was crud. I'm a fan of Load and Reload, as they have their own hidden gems. Death Magnetic is as everyone says not up there with MoP or Justice...but I think this is the first album Metallica can be proud of in a very long while! Really really really good! Expand
  6. derekp
    Nov 24, 2008
    8
    If the rather disjointed "Cyanide" had been replaced with a song along the lines of "Shortest Straw" or "Master of Puppets", this could have If the rather disjointed "Cyanide" had been replaced with a song along the lines of "Shortest Straw" or "Master of Puppets", this could have been one of the best 5 metal albums of all time. Tracks 1 through 5 hardly give you room to breathe and the awesome live feeling of the production makes you want to slap Bob Rock for leading these musical lords down the wrong path from the black album onwards. Rick Rubin be praised. Welcome back to form fellas. 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 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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