Metallica (Now w/ DEATH MAGNETIC!)

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Postby bastard_robo on Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:48 am

My buddy just picked up PIT TICKETS for their December show at the Forum out here in LA.. It'll be my first Metallica show.. Cant wait!
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Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:50 pm

bastard_robo wrote:My buddy just picked up PIT TICKETS for their December show at the Forum out here in LA.. It'll be my first Metallica show.. Cant wait!

Try not to set Hetfield on fire this time.
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:05 pm

Pitchfork grants it a 4.9
Pitchfork wrote:Metallica became the world's biggest metal band by doing everything right. Then they went and did everything wrong. Their first four records were classic permutations of 1980s thrash: the ferociously raw Kill 'Em All, the increasingly epic Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, and the toweringly technical ...And Justice for All. Self-dubbed "Alcoholica", the band cultivated a blue-collar image, even refusing to make a music video until the last of those LPs in 1988. (When they finally did, with the iconic "One", it was seven and a half minutes long.) Then, on 1991's eponymous album (aka "The Black Album"), they went mainstream with radio-friendly ballads, losing old fans but gaining millions of new ones.

Since then, Metallica have been a comedy of errors. Load and ReLoad wallowed in warmed-over hard rock dreck. The front of Garage Inc., a covers collection, found Metallica awkwardly costumed as auto mechanics to appear as the everymen they once were. S&M was an overwrought collaboration with a symphony. The band sued Napster, earning the scorn of fans. 2003's St. Anger was a laughable failure. The documentary film Some Kind of Monster luridly aired the band's dirty laundry. Singer/guitarist James Hetfield and bassist Robert Trujillo were recently photographed shopping at Armani. Such antics have kept Metallica in the headlines, and not necessarily to their benefit. The anticipation for Death Magnetic has split along two lines: hope for a return to form, and schadenfreude.

The album fulfills neither expectation. It tries mightily to recapture Metallica's former glory, but does so only partially. Producer Rick Rubin told the band to write the unwritten half of Master of Puppets-- a ludicrous proposition. But his intent was well-meaning: get rich, fortysomething rockers to recall themselves as hungry, twentysomething metallers. In the real world, it's called a midlife crisis.

So it is with Death Magnetic. Self-plagiarization abounds. "That Was Just Your Life" and "Cyanide" harken back to "Blackened" from ...And Justice for All. "The Day That Never Comes" has the clean tones of "Fade to Black" and the machine gun riff from "One". Still, Metallica wrote hundreds of riffs in the 1980s without repeating themselves, and to hear them so bereft of new ideas is disheartening. So is the fact that Load, ReLoad, and St. Anger are indelibly part of their bloodstream: "The End of the Line" and "The Judas Kiss" are built on those same bland hard rock riffs, and "Cyanide" tapes a Stone Temple Pilots chug to a disastrous stop/start section like a forgotten St. Anger deep cut. And like most sequels, the turgid "The Unforgiven III" should never have been made. Metallica just aren't very good at unpredictability. They're best at heavy metal thunder, and they've sadly lost the ability to summon it.

Rubin's bone-dry production negates that old fury even as Metallica does their best to evoke their mythic garage days. These are their most energetic performances in ages. Guitarist Kirk Hammett hasn't sounded so vital in two decades: While he languished solo-less in St. Anger, he's all over Death Magnetic with fiery leads. They often reprise his old ones, but their wah-fueled intensity is a welcome antidote to their underlying riffs. Hetfield has mostly dropped his bluesy yowl in favor of singing in tune. Trujillo adds solid, supportive low end. In fact, only Lars Ulrich's drumming falls short. He often resorts to simple oompah beats when complementary or counter-rhythms would go further. Despite his lack of creativity, though, he still plays the hell out of his drums, aided by a harsh, crunchy sound that renders his cymbals incredibly sibilant. Unfortunately, all the energy in the world can't save these songs.

The band may be more mentally stable these days, but it's irreparably damaged. Years of simplistic hard rock have destroyed its sense of speed. Even the thrashy "My Apocalypse" feels half-hearted and clunky. Hetfield's lyrics are toilet-grade; his younger self, while brash, would never have written tripe like "Mangled flesh, snapping spines/ Dripping bloody valentine/ Shattered face, spitting glass." Once Metallica became vulnerable, they never recovered, and his lyrics have been embarrassingly personal since The Black Album. Death Magnetic is a meditation on death-- but hey, so is every other Metallica record. The best ones spit in the face of it; this one just shows the futility of attempting to reclaim lost youth.
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Postby Don of the Dead on Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:14 pm

I love the new album (what I've heard of it) my favorite album is the Black album, but this one is sounding great.
I love the new song "All Nighmare Long"
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Re: Metallica-- DEATH MAGNETIC is HERE NOW! Give it a listen.

Postby bastard_robo on Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:45 am

Just listened to the whole thing..

Very BUENO!

Excellent actually, a return to form for Metallica after St Anger limped out
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:06 am

I am a Metallica whore. I love everything they've done from Kill 'Em All to St. Anger (well, maybe "love" is pushing it on that one). But even someone like me can tell this Death Magnetic is a pile of shit.

Naw, I'm fucking with you. I enjoy it quite a lot. My favorite song right now is probably "Broken, Beat & Scarred." That's a weird fucker. Catchy bouncy rhythm, odd lyrics, and Hetfield singing in a... I don't know how to put this exactly... but he sings like Joan Jett on that song. Listen to it again, it's there. Or maybe my Joan Jett love can no longer be contained and has seeped into every aspect of my life. God, I hope so.

Het's singing is probably my favorite thing about this album. His performance on "The Unforgiven III" was pretty surprising. Never really heard him sing like that before. And that piano intro, holy shit. Always wanted to hear piano in a Metallica song.

I also love "Suicide & Redemption." That melodic '70s-ish interlude is amazing.

To me this album sounds like a culmination of the last 25 years. I can hear everything from Kill 'Em All to Ride The Lightning to Justice to Black/Load/Reload and even St. Anger, but it also sounds nothing like what they've done before. And that's exactly what I'm looking for in a Metallica record.

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Postby bastard_robo on Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:44 am

I'd like to throw this quote from my friend as she described this album

"Its Metallica saying sorry for sucking for the last 15 years"

and Cyanide, Best song on the album IMO
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:50 am

bastard_robo wrote:I'd like to throw this quote from my friend as she described this album

"Its Metallica saying sorry for sucking for the last 15 years"

and Cyanide, Best song on the album IMO


I guess I agree with this except for the sucking thing, since I like all their shit and whatnot. Though I think you could make an argument for St. Anger and parts of Reload.
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:06 pm

I don't think I have to post to tell you how much I love this album. It's better than anything since the Black Album.

My favorite songs are

The Judas Kiss, AllNightmare Long, Broken Beat and Scarred, and The End of The Line.

I rank the albums as follows:

Black
MOP
RTL
KEA
DeathMagnetic
AJFA
Load
Reload
St. Anger
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:30 am

Haven't heard the new album yet, but you know what? I put St. Anger into my player today and it still is my favourite Metallica Album. :mrgreen:
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:52 am

If anyone hasn't heard, Metallica just released an EP called the Beyond Magnetic EP. It's four tracks that were recorded and didn't fit on Death Magnetic. You can find them on iTunes.

They're pretty damn solid. I don't know how songs get picked to go on an album and whatnot, but it's sort of crazy that these didn't make it. There's some great metal/rock here.

Tracks:
1. Hate Train
2. Just a Bullet Away
3. Hell and Back
4. Rebel of Babylon

It's hard to pick a favorite right now. I think I'm leaning toward Just a Bullet Away and Rebel of Babylon, but they're all pretty good entries, especially if you like Metallica. And double if you liked Death Magnetic.

And it gets that Lou Reed taste out of your mouth.*

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Postby Nachokoolaid on Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:55 am

Yeah, Newstead jammed out too. Pretty cool. Especially cool of Hammett and Rob to step aside and let those guys step in.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:25 pm

Kirk never looks happy anymore.
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Postby TheBaxter on Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:46 pm

caruso_stalker217 wrote:Kirk never looks happy anymore.


you're right. Kirk is just a sad pathetic little man with no friends or life.


oh wait. you meant Kirk from Metallica...
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