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DEATH MAGNETIC

Metallica

 

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3.33 | 399 ratings

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jampa17
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4 stars The best comeback of the decade.

I have never been fan of Metallica in general and during all my teen years I grow hearing the boring albums of them in the 90's. After St. Anger I really wished they split because was enough road downhill... but a friend showed me this album and I didn't expect it. Right from the start you know they really were back. Incredible how they spent more than 10 years doing bad music and suddenly decided that they really wanted to do music again? so, let's see about the album:

The album has everything Metallica is known of. Heavy and creative riffing courtesy of the best riff guitar player of metal, mr. Hetfield, tight and fast solos by Hammet at top form, even Ulrich sound like he is a great drummer (he is the most overrated average drummer, but he really plays loud on this) and a lot of instrumental sections, switching time signatures and the best Trash metal you can get as well as moody melancholic songs. All in all, this album has everything you want if you are a Metallica or are Metal fan in general.

Highlights of the album: Broken, Beat & Scarred, The End of the Line, All Nightmare Long and Unforgiven III (with a nice piano that is always welcome between a too metal mix) but in general all the songs are heavy, tight and somewhat creative, for a metal measure, of course.

The bads: a totally subjective for me, Hetfield's voice is not that great and I don't like it too much and sometimes it really bores me but the music was good enough to keep me interested. The instrumental song (Suicide and Redemption) is a little too metal and is not that great as the rest of the album but it's still good, especially for metalheads. The lyrics are stupid, but they have never been known by their brilliance in the lyric themes, but is not that bad to not appreciate the music.

Maybe is not essential to a prog collection but it's a metal most have without doubt. 4 stars because of the contribution of Metallica to the genre and it's a great album which could matches well with some of the heaviest prog-metal highlights (I feel like this album is a human Train of Thought, not as crazy as DT but in the same vibe). Especially recommended to those who have loose faith in the masters? Metallica is certainly back.

jampa17 | 4/5 |

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