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One of the most influential bands in music, ranked eighth on the list of the biggest-selling groups in history, Metallica unveils its ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The band's
first album in five years, Death Magnetic is also its first with renowned producer Rick Rubin (Danzig, Slayer, System Of A Down,
Slipknot), first with bassist Robert Trujillo, and first on Warner Bros. Heavy and thrashy, unafraid to embrace the band's past yet move
into the future.
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Edit: I thought I would mention for anyone thinking about purchasing the vinyl that it is a lot better than the CD. Still sounds loud but not as much clipping and the instruments are more clear. This album rocks, the negative critics on the sound quality are overblown.
Edit 10/2015: After repeated listens to the vinyl there is still an alarming amount of clipping which is unfortunate. I have never seen the DR ratings for this vinyl but would imagine it comes in at 5 or 6 which is piss poor for vinyl. I finally broke down and downloaded a remastered version which blows the original CD and vinyl away. It is sad that some guy in his moms basement can master an album better than a "professional" getting paid tons of money. Lars, if you are reading this get up off your ass and remaster this album properly!!!
My full Metallica power rating rundown:
1. Kill Em All 10.0 - a perfect metal album for me. The first and still the best. Brutal energy unleashed, raw but extremely powerful. Masterpiece number one and my first Metallica album.
2. Ride The Lightning 9.9 - easily could be considered a 10. This one adds some polish to the production and shows some growth in song writing and James vocals show improvement. The title cut is a brutal assault and Fade To Black remains one of the greatest metal songs ever written. The Call of Ktulu is an incredible instrumental as a closer.
3. Master of Puppets 9.8 - many fans would put this at number one. Stellar production and incredibly strong from start to finish. Battery, Master of Puppets, and Welcome Home (Sanitarium) all stunning and epic masterworks. Orion may be there best instrumental ever and Damage Inc. is about as strong as closer as you can get.
4. Death Magnetic 9.6 - production problems aside this album is so strong and so consistent it has moved into my top four. The first four songs are as strong as you will ever find. Incredible stuff here, wildly shattering all expectations. Absolute masterpiece and very easily the album of the year. Truly one of the great metal albums of all time. This deserves a proper remastering. Search out a download remaster version without the compression.
5. St. Anger 9.5 - that's right!!! A rock solid offering and highly addictive from start to finish. No weak tracks here! This challenges Kill Em All for most angry and agressive Metallica album. This one is criminally underrated! Wow, love the drum sound and everything about this. A few more guitar solos would have pushed this closer to a 10.
6. And Justice For All 9.4 - obviously an all time classic and the last of the first four brutal and classic era. Long intricate songs with expert playing. This one pushed Metallica into a new level on popularity with MTV.
7. Black Album/ Load/ Reload 9.0 - all incredible in their own right and all rock solid. This is polished Metallica, fully produced with more of an AC/CD hard rock sound than their speed metal roots. These albums outraged some fans who wanted the old Metallica to continue forever. I disagree. Still full of great songs and blistering solo's if you can get over your preconceived notions of what Metallica should sound like and simply enjoy it on it's own merits.
This band has never released a poor album in thier existence.
Dunno how people didn't like this one as much as I thought met fans would. I prefer this 10x more than Load,Reload,and (especially) St. Anger. In my opinion this was Metallica back to form after 3 albums of experimentation. Just incredible! You cant head-bang fast enough! Beyond Magnetic here I come!
Forgot to mention that this album is much louder than the others. I have no problems with the sound quality but sometimes I get spooked when a song from this album comes on (XD) because it is 2 or 3 notches louder than normal and it just a big jump in volume. However when you know it's coming then I just turn it up even more! Hell yeah!
However, I cannot rate this at 5 stars not because I don't feel Death Magnetic as any other MetallicA album, but simply because of the recording quality. This album sound absolutely AWFUL! It's like my speakers are broken. I remember getting Death Magnetic back when it came out. 8 years after, you would think someone would've done something about the terrible sound by now. Just listening to this MP3 version and it's equally awful.
So yeah, this album is okay.