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Metallica – Death Magnetic: The Great Debate

Posted by admin On September - 16 - 2008

-A.S. Blake and I both experienced Metallica live for the first time together this summer at Bonnaroo. We all know how he felt about it, and that I was more than impressed by them. The show even had me looking forward to Death Magnetic, despite the fact that I had never really listened to much Metallica in my day. In favor of writing a formal review, here is our debate.

Andy: Pretty disappointing for something produced by Rick Rubin.

Blake: I dont know. For me personally, and Brent (Blake’s cousin), its our favorite Metallica album since And Justice For All, and that’s saying a lot. Especially since we had such high expectations.

Andy: I expected more from it after seeing them live. Aside for a few solos, the guitar work didn’t wow me. The songs are too long for what they have in them, and it just doesn’t feel like it got Rick Rubin’s ‘A’ effort. They could have cut three full minutes out of some of those songs without missing anything.
Blake: Yeah, I guess I just disagree. I feel like its Kirk Hammett’s coming out party, especially after St. Anger. The length is what Metallica fans love. The 8-9 min epics that get away from the verse-chorus-verse structure. As far as Rubin, I think it just sounds like things fit together better. This album is more melodic, a lot more focused on melodies as opposed to fast riffs. Overall, its one of my favorite albums of the year, and I love the bridges.

Andy: Yeah, I read all the reviews that say exactly that.

Blake: Haha, thats funny.
Andy: I’m just saying, song structure aside, I could edit out three minutes of some of those songs where nothing important is happening musically and Metallica fans wouldn’t know the difference or miss it. I like jam bands. I have nothing against long songs, just long songs that are long for the sake of being long.

Blake: I understand what you’re saying. It may sound cheesy, but I like how the long songs kinda take you on a journey. Its like you’re listening to the end and you’re like, ‘how did it get to this point?’ It flows naturally. The bridges make sense, and I dont feel like the transitions are forced. And I mean, Lars Ulrich is incredible.

Moral of the story: To each his own.

5 Responses

  1. Teibs Said,

    can i get a rating on the album from each of you? 1-10. It sounds like a 7.0 from andy and a 9.0 from blake.

    Posted on September 16th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

  2. Gabe Said,

    it sounds like blake’s just stoned and forgets how the song starts to me

    Posted on September 16th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

  3. Teibs Said,

    the password is “sandwich” gabe. say sandwich. blake ate a sandwich.

    Posted on September 16th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

  4. Blake Said,

    Yeah id give it a 9.0 And Gabe, not only is that just irresponsible, it doesn’t make sense. I “forgets how the song starts”? While eating sandwiches is certainly enjoyable, Metallica is not what i would call stoner-rock (i can say that because its a legit genre….see QOTSA). I guess other than that I really don’t know how to respond to your criticism mainly because I don’t understand what your saying. So feel free to clarify. Good luck and G-d Bless.

    Posted on September 17th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

  5. Matthew Said,

    feel like i gotta trust the true metallica fan on this one…plus based on his review it soundsl ike rick rubin sure did a lot to hone in this particular album to where it is

    Posted on September 17th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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