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4 stars While I was writing this review, I tried to figure out why Death Magnetic has a poorer reputation than the band's first four albums. I haven't listened to Load/Reload/St. Anger, probably because the general opinion of them is so poor. I found two primary reasons for the criticism. The first is the contention that Death Magnetic sounds like a retread of ...And Justice and Master of Puppets; the second is the sound quality of Death Magnetic. I love this album, and I believe it fully deserves 4 stars as one of Metallica's best releases.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a return to form. Metallica's early albums are some of the greatest in the history of metal, especially ...And Justice & Master of Puppets. Their significance to metal music has been well covered by many other reviewers, and I don't need to repeat their words. Does Metallica belong on this site? Without a doubt! Taking an established form of music and tweaking it is one of the definitions of being progressive. Only a limited view of progressiveness would keep Metallica from getting their due.

Death Magnetic contains some of Metallica's best songs. For me, they include "That Was Just Your Life", "The Day That Never Comes", "The Judas Kiss", and "Broken, Battered and Scarred". "All Nightmare Long" tops them all. There is enough variety to keep the song interesting for 8 minutes, and the chorus is as driving and memorable as anything the band has written. As for Death Magnetic's sound, I really don't care all that much. As long as you can hear all the instruments and the voices clearly, I'm happy. So, I think this is one of Metallica's best. It's almost on a level with "Ride", "Master", & "And Justice". "Death Magnetic may not be as innovative, but it's definitely a 4 star record for me.

thwok | 4/5 |


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