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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 ›
Bullet reminds me a little of the musical progression of "Broken, Beat and Scarred", it has the same energy, build up, and progression (for the most part). Where it differs from it's Death Magnetic cousin is the interlude, which smacks of a famous cover that Metallica does "Breadfan". The vocal stylings are a little more syncopated similar to what James did on Frantic. At first, for me, it was hard to listen to vocally, but the more I listened, the more I liked it. For the hardcore Metallica nutjob like myself, you're going to buy this album. It is too cheap not to download. For the more selective Metallica fan or even the fair weather Metallica fan, I would just buy "Just a Bullet Away".
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I bought this after seeing the documentary, Some kind of Monster and decided to re buy their entire catalogue after giving up on them when the Black Album came out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dressed in black
Great CD! I love Metallica! This 4 song E.P. really rocks! The 4 songs are fantastic! I especially like :Just A Bullet Away! Read morePublished 2 months ago by george place
Not Beyond... but >"Below Magnetic"<. Nowhere near as good as >>>"Death Magnetic"<<<<Published 2 months ago by Mario J. Machado
Box was broken but CD was working so I didn't bother returning itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer