Album: Death Magnetic
Wikipedia Genre(s): Thrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Matt’s Fav Tracks: All Nightmare Long, My Apocalypse
# times listened: Moderate (10 – 25 times)
Matt’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Buy CD: Amazon
Steal It: PB, yo
The Metallica Death Magnetic Purchase Price Calculator
On 9/12/08, Metallica released their new album, Death Magnetic. Surprisingly, it’s pretty good! But with all the hubbub about Metallica, their hatred of MP3’s and their total disconnection with their fans, should you pay for it, or just download it guilt-free?
Depends. Let’s do some analysis based on your experience:
|+ $9||…Amazon purchase price of Death Magnetic|
|– $9||…if for some reason you bought St. Anger1:|
|– $4||…if you accidentally heard the “Lars is trapped in a porta-potti drumming2” sound on St. Anger|
|– $5||…if you felt alienated when you heard about Metallica’s anti-napster spiel 3|
|+ $9||…if you downloaded Metallica’s entire discography from bittorrent, because hey, screw them!4|
|– $20||…if you saw “Some Kind of Monster“5|
|– $100||…if you bought “Some Kind of Monster”|
(-$20 for me)
|1 Note: this album was total crap.
2 A deaf 3rd-grader could have come up with a better sounding drum sound.
3 If you lived in a cave, you missed this.
4 Hopefully doing this made you feel a little better about yourself.
5 It’s hard to top the Napster fiasco, but take any little bit of dignity Metallica had left and prove that they are some of the biggest idiot, douche bags around. This movie should have been called “Some Kind of Assholes”
So although I didn’t buy St. Anger, I did accidentally hear it ($-4) (note: it was deleted after I heard it). I was also quite annoyed about Metallica’s anti-napster stance, so there’s another $5 discount. That makes me entitled to steal Death Magnetic. Additionally, I watched “Some kind of Monster” on IFC awhile ago, so Metallica actually owes me $20 in addition to giving me Death Magnetic.
Using the calculation above, what will you be ‘paying’ for Death Magnetic?
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Death Magnetic Album Review
So you either stole or paid for the album… is it any good? It is a departure from the general crap they’ve been playing the last 10 years, with more of a ‘return to roots’ for them. But is it too late? Are they trying too hard? Does every song have to be 9 minutes long? This depends on what you like, but I’ll take the thrash stuff to whatever they were trying to do on their last album.
Some of the song structures seem forced (let’s put 3 songs together to get this song over 8 minutes!), but still executed well. It feels like they read a market research report that said “hey, play more Master of Puppets style stuff!” and they tried hard to recreate it, with moderate success.
Remember, all these guys are 45+ years old, so they aren’t making it easy on themselves touring if they have to pound out this new stuff each night. Also remember, even though the music might be better now, we didn’t forget what you did to us.music, reviews