Death Magnetic

~ Release group by Metallica

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Death Magnetic CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 1784020 0602517840201
Death Magnetic CD 10 Universal Music Ltda. (Brasil) 60251784020 602517840201
Death Magnetic CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517737280 602517737280
Death Magnetic 5×12" Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517737310 602517737310
Death Magnetic 3×Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517828339, 00602517828353, 00602517828391
Death Magnetic 2×Vinyl 2 + 2 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517828452, 00602517828476
Death Magnetic CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517840201 602517840201
Death Magnetic SHM-CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) UICR-9028 4988005527950
Death Magnetic CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517810938 602517810938
Death Magnetic CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517737266 602517737266
Death Magnetic (coffin box) 2×CD + DVD-Video 10 + 10 + 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517804609 602517804609
Death Magnetic 2×12" Vinyl 5 + 5 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 508732-1 093624983552
Death Magnetic CD 10 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 508732-2 093624986188
Death Magnetic (Limited Edition) CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 00602517737280 602517737280
Death Magnetic CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 46050-260108-1 4605026010819
Death Magnetic SHM-CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) UICY-94674 4988005628725
Death Magnetic CD 10 Blackened BLCKND018-2 856115004583
Death Magnetic Digital Media 10 Blackened [none]
Bootleg
Death Magnetic: Better, Shorter, Cut Digital Media 10
Death Magnetic (bootleg rip of the Guitar Hero III DLC package) Digital Media 11
Death Magnetic (DECEiFER REMASTER) Digital Media 11
Death Magnetic (MARCKIII) Digital Media 10 [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases) [none]
Death Magnetic (Moderus III) Digital Media 11 [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases) [none]

Relationships

Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000792030 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/8956 [info]
Wikidata: Q151657 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/qzvr [info]
standalone website: http://deathmagnetic.com/ [info]

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It begins with a heartbeat...it could very well be the heartbeat of your average Metallica fan, scared to death, not by the spooky coffin made of iron filings on the cover (see what they did there?) but by the thought that this supposed 'return to form' by the world's once-greatest thrash metal merchants will be lame. Well worry not. After the solo-free St Anger way back in 2003 this is, well, most outstanding.

Never let it be said that Metallica aren't a band of the people, just not the people who file share their back catalogue. You can imagine Death Magnetic blasting out of some tank's soundsystem in the middle east. The closest thing to a ballad is single, The Day That Never Comes, though after a few minutes it descends back into the abyss of raw power. And the only low point comes with the penultimate instrumental, Suicide And Redemption which meanders and has a 'sensitive' solo line at its core that's at odds with the brutality on offer elsewhere.

James Hetfield's lyrics now seem to have become the channel of his post-therapy angst. More cyphers than actual narratives, they come direct from the big book of heavy metal words. Take this example from The End Of The Line, "Need..more and more/Tainted misery/Bleed...battlescars/Chemical affinity/Reign...legacy/Innocence corrode/Stain...rot away/Catatonic overload/Choke...asphyxia/Snuff reality/Scorch...kill the light/Incinerate celebrity/Reaper... butchery/Karma amputee". You get the idea.

But words aren't the major force at work here. It's the irresistible maelstrom of guitars. Kirk Hammett's back to shredding triplets or chiming with Hetfield in Thin Lizzy-esque duels. Balancing vertiginous prog time shifts with chugging power chords, it's amazing how raw and hungry producer Rick Rubin (himself, a thrash connoiseur with Slayer and Wolfsbane albums under his belt) has made the band sound. His greatest contribution is in bringing out the crunch in 'new' boy. Robert Trujillo's bass. On Cyanide he's unstoppable. And, of course, leading the changes is the mighty Lars Ulrich. Possibly the single most erudite expression of metal's paradoxical mix of intelligence matched with dumb, awesome power. If there's a nagging sensation that the drums sound weird, it's because they're REAL. Say what you will about their psychodramas or political leanings, but this is a band that really can play.

Death Magnetic is the sound of a band giving both themselves and their fans exactly what they need. And nothing else matters...