I should start by saying that Death Magnetic isn’t out yet, and it isn’t going to be released until September 12. It might leak ahead of that date, but so far it has not. In fact, the only full song anyone has heard is “Cyanide”, and that’s because the band played it live. I think it’s a really good song, and a sign that Metallica is on the right track. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video with soundboard audio of that song:
The importance of this album simply can not be overstated. Metallica has proven themselves to be one of the biggest, best, and most influential bands of all time, certainly within the realm of Heavy Metal. However, recent years have seen them falter a bit. The Load and ReLoad albums, while decent, simply strayed too far for a band with the word METAL in their name. After that there was a live album (S&M) and a covers album (Garage Inc.). Then in 2003 came the long awaited St. Anger. Oooohhh St. Anger, that god awful atrocity of sound. I tried so very hard to like St. Anger. I even tried to defend the album at first, but truth be told, there is no good excuse for that disaster. From the contrived lo-fi production, to the out of key vocals and the complete lack of guitar solos, they just really did it all wrong.
But hey, it’s five years later. The band finally dumped Bob Rock and replaced him with Rick Rubin, and from what I can tell they’ve steered back towards the Metallica we all knew and loved. The bits I’ve heard so far have great potential. The stuff sounds riffy, aggressive, and has guitar solos! Am I expecting an album that rivals Master of Puppets? I guess not. But it could definitely rival Ride the Lightning if they do it right.
I’ll post part 2 when I actually get to listen to the album.
The official track list for Death Magnetic:
That Was Just Your Life
The End Of The Line
Broken, Beat & Scarred
The Day That Never Comes
All Nightmare Long
The Unforgiven III
The Judas Kiss
Suicide & Redemption