Beyond Magnetic EP
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Listening to it, it reminds me of how confused the band must've been in the time leading up to the Death Magnetic recording sessions. Since the dawn of the 90's, Metallica were being increasingly influenced by their producer, Bob Rock, which resulted in them attempting to re-brand themselves as a heavy rock band, as opposed to a heavy metal band. Load and Reload were both ostensibly attempts to "branch out" into styles that the band members may have already had some interest in, but it was clear that the process was somehow...just not natural. Everything sounded too restrained, too calculated, which I believe was in part due to Bob Rock insisting that they "play it safe", and keep things simplified enough to be commercially viable. Eventually, it all broke down when St. Anger was being made, and with Bob Rock's departure, the band was left adrift in strange and out of tune waters. They had the pent-up rage, but had forgotten how to harness that emotion in the form of actually listenable songs. The songs on Beyond Magnetic are interesting in that they provide an insight on the path back from the confusion of St.Read more ›
"Hate Train"--The first half of this song features riffs very similar to "Fuel" and Black Album-era verses, with the second half sounding more like their thrash era. It has some slow parts with decent singing by James, but some of the first half might have sounded too close to "Fuel" to make Death Magnetic. The solos could be longer, but this song is definitely heavy on riffs and has a lot of different sections. Despite the "Fuel" riffs, I think it sounds less like the Re-Load era than several songs from DM.
"Just a Bullet Away"--Awesome metal song, with great riffs, lyrics, and vocals...this one definitely should've been on Death Magnetic. It seems to be most people's favorite of the four, although "Rebel of Babylon" gets a lot of votes, too. I think it would fit nicely on the Black Album, as it's sort of an almost-thrash song that would sound at home with the heaviest few tracks from that release.
"Hell and Back"--The strange song out of the four. It reminds me of "Broken, Beat, & Scarred" in some parts, and "Cyanide" in others.Read more ›
After a mini tour in support of Lulu, Metallica quickly split off and began their awesome 30 anniversary shows, which saw the return of Dave Mustaine, something the old-guard Metallica fans thought they'd never see. Also during these shows, the guys played 4 'new' songs. The songs were not new, only dug up from the Death Magnetic sessions and played for the first time live. That is what you get here in this, the Beyond Magnetic EP. All are rough demos of songs/jams that didn't make it to DM. And each one of them is excellent, just as good or better as the songs on DM. But, why now? Why release unfinished demos from a last album? Timing.
Metallica, I think, knew from the get-go, that the majority of fans wouldn't like or get Lulu. Just look at how fast everyone's forgotten about it. By releasing this and it sounding like their old selves, and anything compared to Lulu, they knew the fans would eat it up. And for the most part they did and are. So the machine keeps rolling, and hopefully learning, at the same time making some great metal in these trying times. If you're a Metallica fan, you'll enjoy this. Hopefully the guys' 'experimental' urge was all let out on Lulu and more productive, dare I say, more back-to-roots Metallica can emerge in the future.
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Good album. A back to the roots type album though in my opinion they didn't go all the way back. Still has that mainstream commercial edge to it, but that isn't necessarily bad. Read morePublished 13 days ago by brian d. bouvier
This CD is worth the four bucks of you're a hardcore Metallica fan and want to hear some rough cuts of some rough songs, which I am and I do. Read morePublished 17 days ago by John
These songs are pretty standard Metallica-fare, and are leftovers from Death Magnetic. This LP isn't amazing by any means, but it's decent and fairly cheap.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer