Thursday, September 11, 2008

THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE...DEATH MAGNETIC

[From Westword.]

METALLICA
Death Magnetic
Warner Bros.

This is exactly the record Metallica needed to make in 2008. Real metal's back, and sure, younger bands have rage and technical aptitude on their side, but Metallica's riffs can level skyscrapers. Opening trilogy "That Was Just Your Life," "The End of the Line" and "Broken, Beat & Scarred" combines furious classic-years thrash with the hard-rock stomp of Load and ReLoad, showcasing savage Kirk Hammett solos, surprisingly disciplined vocals (James Hetfield's no longer deliberately going off-key, as he did on St. Anger) — and, hey! — Lars Ulrich's drums sound like drums again! Some songs are eight minutes long when five would have done the job, and "The Unforgiven III" breaks the flow with piano and strings, but overall, Death Magnetic is a ferocious return to form.

2 comments:

db said...

I clicked over here from a political site, I think allicublog(??), and I know next to nothing about metal, but I coincidently just found an awesome quote about Slayer the other day that I put on my blog. Not trying to get hits, just sharing something hilarious.
http://decorativebreasts.blogspot.com/2008/09/random-viking-dude-on-manly-men.html

db said...

p.s. more user-friendly link,