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It is being hailed very well from all the soruces wikipedia cites, I myself love it... but holy fuck I wasn't expecting billboard charts like this.... if you read up higher they now surpass U2, The Beatles, Dave Matthews band, and somebody else with most releases in a row debuting at #1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallica%27s...harts_and_sales

-Rolling Stone surprisingly reviewed it in a way metal fans / metallica fans can relate to. Especially pointing out the 'prog' return-

"In the Eighties, thrash metal wasn't a scene, it was an arms race: riffs kept speeding up, drum kits got bigger. But with 1991's Black Album, Metallica opted for unilateral disarmament, slowing their tempos, shortening their songs and smelting their chugging guitars and piston-powered drums into armor-plated pop hooks. After that, the band rushed from one reinvention to another, starting with the Southern-rock infusion of 1996's Load and culminating in the muddled, bizarrely produced group-therapy session of 2003's St. Anger. No longer: Death Magnetic is the musical equivalent of Russia's invasion of Georgia — a sudden act of aggression from a sleeping giant.

Just as U2 re-embraced their essential U2-ness post-Pop, this album is Metallica becoming Metallica again — specifically, the epic, speed-obsessed version from the band's template-setting trilogy of mid-Eighties albums: Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning and, especially, the progged-out ...And Justice for All. That much is clear from the 90-second mark of Death Magnetic's first track, "That Was Just Your Life," where the band unleashes a barrage of James Hetfield's dutta-duh-duhnt riffing and Lars Ulrich's octuple-time double-bass-and-snare smashing. That long-vanished sound, as essential to Metallica as variations on the "Start Me Up" riff are to the Stones, is all over the album —you wonder how these fortysomething dudes are going to handle playing it live night after night. (Enter chiropractor.)

Death Magnetic marks the group's split with producer Bob Rock, who helmed every Metallica album from 1991 to 2004 and pushed them toward concision and immediacy — until St. Anger, when he seemed to throw up his hands altogether. (As the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster demonstrates, Rock deserved credit for getting any music at all out of a band determined to self-destruct.) New producer Rick Rubin shoves Metallica in the opposite direction: Half of Death Magnetic's tracks are over seven minutes long, with song structures that are not so much "verse/chorus/verse" as "long intro/heavy jam/verse/even heavier jam/chorus/bridge/wild solo/outro."

This feels like the right move for an era where Guitar Hero is the new rock radio. (Appropriately, the full album will be downloadable for GH play.) And it's not as if Top 40 stations were going to slip in Metallica between Chris Brown and the Jonas Brothers, anyway. These songs rarely feel too long: At their best, they combine the melodic smarts of Metallica's mature work with the fully armed-and-operational battle power of their early days. "The End of the Line" is a freight-train rocker with a ricocheting riff and lyrics about a doomed, drug-addicted star. It builds to a frantic guitar duel between Kirk Hammett and Hetfield, a wah-wah-crazed solo and, finally, a bridge that feels like an entirely new song. And the spectacular "All Nightmare Long" — a thematic sequel of sorts to "Enter Sandman" — combines relentless Master of Puppets guitars with a Black Album-worthy chorus.

St. Anger was a misguided attempt to recapture the band's mojo by sounding "raw" — but Death Magnetic manages to sound huge, polished and tough. The musicianship feels thrillingly live throughout, and nimble new bassist Robert Trujillo helps, even though he's mostly heard as a distant, ominous rumble. (Has there ever been a more bass-averse band in rock?)

There's supposed to be a lyrical theme here — something about death — but it's hard to discern. After expanding his lyrical palette on previous albums, Hetfield is now so determined to re-metallize that he pushes toward self-parody: "Venom of a life insane/Bites into your fragile vein," he barks on "The Judas Kiss." The "One"-style half-ballad, half-thrasher "The Day That Never Comes" appears to be yet another tale from Hetfield's rough childhood, complete with the awful pun "son shine."

But if you ignore the lyrics, Death Magnetic sounds more like it's about coming back to life. Everything comes together on the fan-favorite-to-be "Broken, Beat and Scarred," which manages to channel the full force of Metallica behind a positive message: "What don't kill ya make ya more strong," Hetfield sings, with enough power to make the cliché feel fresh. The aphorism he paraphrases happens to come from Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols, which is subtitled How to Philosophize With a Hammer. Metallica's philosophizing may get shaky — but long may that hammer strike. "

one of the best reviews for a metal fan to read is the "Discuss Music" review.

"Being born at the end of 1988, and growing up in the 1990's, I've heard my fair share of music, both good and bad. But one band who stuck out more than most in the 80's and 90's is noneother than the one and only Metallica.

For years, the band has been gradually steering away from the style that made the famous to begin with. It all started with the self-titled album we Metallica fans all affectionately call "The Black Album". A great album, but no-doubt, a little different style than before. The moving on with the more Southern-influenced styles of Load and ReLoad, everyone had their own views on the direction Metallica was taking.

But then came the climax of the fall. St. Anger. Most Metallica fans will concur that this was the worst effort ever put out by the band, and just wasn't them at all. With that album released, the future of Metallica looked grim, and many thought the band was out for the count.

Then when you least expect it, the beast has re-awoken. With a new producer, and clear heads, Metallica comes in to truly prove that they still have it. Death Magnetic.

If anything is how Metallica is supposed to sound, it's Death Magnetic. With this album, they've truly returned to their roots. While some would credit this effort as ...And Justice For All 2, it's that, and so much more. Following their classic blueprint for the album, it's nothing short of a complete and utter masterpiece. For any true fan of music, this is a must-listen, and for myself, a must-buy. It's definitely worth it, and I'd even suggest buying one of the highest packages.

The album, full of longer, classic Metallica-style, in-your-face metal kicks off with a great intro, much like their earlier work, with That Was Just Your Life. After its great, slower-tempoed intro, it kicks in heavier, and really drives in the mood and message of the album. With a full listen of the song, you can really tell that the rest of the album will be a great ride. Great lyrics, great sound, and great solos that were so badly missed on St. Anger. And as the album goes on, it doesn't even come close to disappointing.

As the album goes on, it's clear that this a honestly a modern version of their true, original style. For any true Metallica fan, this one is for you. Even at their age, they're still kicking out some of the best work of their careers. New bassist Rob Trujillo also doesn't upset on his debut album with the band, proving that he truly deserves to be in Metallica, and fits in rather well.

Complete with songs of all tempos, especially a mix-tempoed "The Day That Never Comes" (reminiscent of One), which was smartly released as the first single of the album, Death Magnetic is truly proof that Metallica is back, and could easily be their best work yet. Along with the likes of The Unforgiven III, and a classic ending of the album with a nice, long instrumental song song titled "Suicide & Redemption", setting up for the last song, the shortest and hardest hitting of the album, "My Apocalypse", the boys have truly succeeded with their "Justice" blueprint-style album.

After a full, completely awesome listen of the album, you can derive a double meaning in conclusion. The lyrics, with the main point of death, and the life before it, mix well with the music that proves to be nowhere near death for Metallica. The message of death breathes new life, and signifies the death of the washed-up Metallica, and a rebirth of the true Metallica.

After many listens to this album, I would have to give Metallica no less than a full 5 out of 5 Stars for Death Magnetic. Again, it is defintely worth the buy, and won't disappoint any true fan of this style of music, and the real Metallica. With this album, it gives a new hope for the band, and leaves me looking forward to their next releases for years to come. Long Live Metallica, and thank you for an extremely awesome album.

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Give it some more spins you'll warm up to it. I got a really high quality rip off of the real CD from one of my rapidshare warez forums, I can upload that version if you'd like. I appreciate the CD more and more the more I listen to it.

If you listen to ...and justice for all and then listen to this album it seems like the perfect transition, we can pretend the black album didn't happen nor did load, reload, or saint anger. (S&M and Garage INC are sweet).

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Rolling Stone, lol

Umm, I dunno . . . After listening to the album, it is clearly better than St. Anger, but I think it's still far from the quality of the Metallica which once was, and it's not surprising. Not trying to sound like a dick, or bash the band or anything, but I really do believe they they should call it quits - they released St. Anger, people hated it, now they release Death Magnetic and people still see that they are capable of making a good record, now would be a good time to just fade away

My opinion

and please Adam and Crube, don't take offense, I know you 2 are fairly touchy in the 'tallica category

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Rolling Stone, lol

Umm, I dunno . . . After listening to the album, it is clearly better than St. Anger, but I think it's still far from the quality of the Metallica which once was, and it's not surprising. Not trying to sound like a dick, or bash the band or anything, but I really do believe they they should call it quits - they released St. Anger, people hated it, now they release Death Magnetic and people still see that they are capable of making a good record, now would be a good time to just fade away

My opinion

and please Adam and Crube, don't take offense, I know you 2 are fairly touchy in the 'tallica category

I'm only touchy about it because some members on AE (and you know who you are) just won't even piss near Metallica. They don't want to give it a chance and automatically expect MOP or go in thinking "Here we go, St. Anger: Redux!" so they hate it.

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Rolling Stone, lol

Umm, I dunno . . . After listening to the album, it is clearly better than St. Anger, but I think it's still far from the quality of the Metallica which once was, and it's not surprising. Not trying to sound like a dick, or bash the band or anything, but I really do believe they they should call it quits - they released St. Anger, people hated it, now they release Death Magnetic and people still see that they are capable of making a good record, now would be a good time to just fade away

My opinion

and please Adam and Crube, don't take offense, I know you 2 are fairly touchy in the 'tallica category

How the hell am I going to take offense? :mellow:

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