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What do you think of Death Magnetic?

Asked by wilhel1812 (2860 points ) September 12th, 2008

Anyone bought the new Metallica album today? What do you think of the songs? Is good old Metallica back?

Personally, i love Suicide & Redemption. I also like The Unforgiven III and of course Cyanide.

What do you guys think?

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MarcIsMyHero's avatar

i think i have a hard time taking these guys seriously after seeing Some Kind of Monster. If you haven’t seen it, its a pretty good documentary that follows Metallica around during their internal collapse when they were fighting with the kids in the courts over Napster downloading and fighting with each other in the group therapy office. The scenes of them getting counseling are sad and funny and disappointing at the same time.

I hope they have come back and released something great, but its hard not to think they may be tired and just looking for another paycheck.

syz's avatar

What I’ve heard so far sounds like classic Metallica.

wilhel1812's avatar

@MarcIsMyHero: I agree that the St.Anger era was crap. I listened to all the songs on that album once, and that was enough to understand that Metallica was in trouble. I also saw Some Kind Of Monster, which confirmed that. However, it seems to me that they have solved their problems and work great together as a band now. Don’t let St.Anger scare you away from new Metallica. it’s actually some pretty cool stuff on that record.

@syz: What do you mean by classic metallica? Like Kill ‘Em All-Metallica? Ride The Lightning-Metallica?Master of Puppets-Metallica? Black Album-Metallica? Garage Inc./Load/Reload-Metallica?

syz's avatar

What do I mean? I mean that in the first 2 or 3 bars, I know it’s a Metallica song.

MarcIsMyHero's avatar

cool. i will have t o check it out then.

poofandmook's avatar

I was the biggest Metallica freak you could imagine. There wasn’t one thing I owned that didn’t have the word “Metallica” on it somewhere, be it a sticker, a patch, just me drawing the logo… anything. For years. And years. I had 28 different Metallica T-shirts. I wore one every day for several years straight. It’s the only music I ever listened to.

And then St. Anger happened and broke my heart. It was the biggest load of steaming dog crap I’d ever heard in my life. Some Kind of Monster? It made me ill.

I’ve moved on. I accepted it as a loss, mourned it, and moved on.

Then our local radio station played the entire album one night with the guys in the studio. I was pretty excited, actually. It reminded me more of the old days. Not the OLD old days… because it sounds like Black Album era. I’m glad my “old friend” seems to be coming around again.

wilhel1812's avatar

I’m glad you are back poofandmook. You pretty much summed up this album in our post. Could’ve been a great intro for a review or something :p

AZDBack74's avatar

man, i’ve heard so many people down the St. Anger album, and I can’t understand why. I thought from beginning to end, it was a kick ass album. It shows that you can still be a decades old band, and still come up with new stuff. Alot of people want Metallica to make every album like The Black Album, and that’s just not possible. What worked 20 years ago probably wouldn’t work today. Besides, everybody and their mother rags on Ac/Dc (the greatest rock band ever) for making the same album 14 times. (WTF?) 9 times out of 10, the people that critic these bands are also the same people that like Kanye West and crap like that. People hooked on tendy-type music, and can’t appreciate a band re-inventing themselves. I think Death Magnetic sounds like a mixture of old and new, and I think it’s a great album. It sounds like all the guys are in top form. They just have to ignore all the plastic Metallica fans, and keep pushing the envelope.

poofandmook's avatar

@AZD: Don’t get me wrong. I love the fact that every single album sounds completely different from the last one. The difference with St. Anger is that it was noise. It wasn’t arranged well at all… it’s like they had a bunch of riffs and beats and tossed them in a bag, pulled them out, and “taped” it together to make a song. It just sounded like noise to me. It’s the only album I don’t like… the rest are amazing. So I think to make a blanket statement like implying I am a “plastic” fan is a little off.

wilhel1812's avatar

Death Magnetic still has it’s own sound. It’s somewhere between…And Justice For All and the black album, but it doesn’t really sound like any of them.

Malakai's avatar

I don’t think I consider the Black Album “classic” Metallica. Kill ‘em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets… that’s what I think of as classic Metallica. In my mind it all started to progressively slide after And Justice for All. But hey it’s just my opinion.

After St. Anger I’m scared to even listen to this one, let alone pay for it.

But I’ve heard good things from people I didn’t expect to so maybe we’ll give it a shot.

Thanks for the input.

poofandmook's avatar

@Malakai: I didn’t want to pay full price for it either, so I bought it digitally for about $8 (I bought the Microsoft points to buy the tracks on my Zune.)

deaddolly's avatar

I just hear it, in full, while getting some ink a few weeks ago. I really liked it, it did sound like classic Metallica.

poofandmook's avatar

@deaddolly: I’m getting new ink in 30 days! I’m thinking of moving my appointment up. First in 3 years.. waaaaay too long.

laxrrockr18's avatar

For me, Death Magnetic is an amazing album. the only thing is that it is a little too distorted.

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