Death Magnetic (album) by Metallica

Death Magnetic
Death Magnetic by Metallica
Year: 2008
Release date: 2008-09-12
Overall rank: 2,250th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Death Magnetic is ranked 6th best out of 19 albums by Metallica on

The best album by Metallica is Master Of Puppets which is ranked number 109 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,739.

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From 02/15/2020 05:00
The main debate I have about this album is that I can't decide if it's in my top five Metallica albums or not, its competition for that fifth spot being Kill 'Em All. KEA had that youthful energy/enthusiasm that can't be captured again, but it was very much a snapshot of their formative years. This album has some corny/cliched lyrics but Hetfield sings them with so much vitriol/passion (as he always does) that I can look past it. The songs are well structured and keep your interest throughout, and I honestly don't think there's a weak track on the record.

Aside from the riffs (which Hetfield ALWAYS delivers), the instrumentalists are not up to their 80's standard, which is, to be fair, quite a high bar to meet. At the time it was released, DM was hailed as a return to form for Kirk, but I think that was mostly due to his complete lack of presence on St. Anger rather than a true return to his shredder roots. Rob's playing always seems conservative, never really gets an opportunity to stretch out like Cliff used to. And I can't tell if Lars is playing well or not because everything from the drums is clipping so it just sounds bad lol.

The thing that sucks the most about this album is the production (common problem with a lot of their discography). I don't it find it endearing like I do with how ...And Justice For All was produced, it's often just grating to my ears. Despite that, this album still finds heavy rotation when I'm in one of my Metallica moods, which I get at least once per year for a few weeks. There's just something about it that brings me great joy. Maybe it's because they finally did another instrumental song, maybe it's because they're back to doing thrashy riffs in standard tuning after twenty years of not doing any, or maybe it's just a deep love for this band that makes me enjoy an album most others find mediocre.
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From 12/07/2018 20:33
to me, this is a Metallica comeback album after a string of much lesser releases. Back to form in both music and attitude, this was a nice surprise.
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From 09/29/2018 23:12
This record is good, but the songs are just to damn long. In my opinion, if they had cut the majority of them down to under 5 and a half minutes, then I think it would be a 90. Also, the clipping throughout is really unfortunate.
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From 06/05/2018 22:51
A good return for Metallica after the worst album of their career. Heavy riffs and guitar solos are back.
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From 01/17/2017 18:30
IMO, something of a comeback album for Metallica. While they will probably never again reach the heights of Puppets or Lightning, this was as close as a return to form as we could have hoped for.
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From 12/24/2016 04:23
Decent album that contained a bad production (on the CD version at least). I there was a lot of buzzing when I hear that version which made it a bit difficult for me to listen to. But this was an alright record in terms of the songs.
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From 02/03/2016 19:16
I don't understand the hate for this album. This was my favorite Metallica album since Master of Puppets IMO. One of my 10 favorite albums of the 21st century.
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From 09/09/2015 13:44
I don't get the hate for this record. It has some great songs for a genre which is not in its greatest era. I love the riffs on The Judas Kiss, Broken Beat & Scarred and The Day That Never Comes. The only questions I have are:

1. Unforgiven III? Really? Why?
2. Were you deaf in the studio? The volume is much too high and it ruins the quality of an overall good record. The best since 1988.

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From 06/07/2015 08:18
It seems that Metallica has set the bar so high that it's either iconic status or really bad. Most what they have done fall into that category. This however is just really good. It's not the greatest or their greatest but it isn't St Anger either. Certainly their best since The Black Album.
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From 02/02/2015 02:00
way better than st anger , i enjoyed this record , seen them live not long after this came out and they were great
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