AOTY 2023

Death Magnetic

Metallica - Death Magnetic
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2008 Ratings: #125 / 805
Year End Rank: #38
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Based on 919 ratings
2008 Ratings: #229
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Rolling Stone
The musicianship feels thrillingly live throughout, and nimble new bassist Robert Trujillo helps, even though he's mostly heard as a distant, ominous rumble.
Q Magazine
Producer Rick Rubin has made Metallica sound like Metallica again.
It's as though they've kept the whole catch, driftwood, prize-fish and all, rather than sorting through it.
The album is more a rebirth, with Metallica exploring what they've learned durig their 20 years at the top of the heavy-metal slag heap.

Metallica became the world's biggest metal band by doing everything right. Then they went and did everything wrong. Their first four records were classic permutations of 1980s thrash: The ferociously raw Kill 'Em All, the increasingly epic Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, and the toweringly technical ...And Justice for All. Until the latter, Metallica refused to make an MTV video. Self-dubbed "Alcoholica", the band cultivated a blue-col

lar image. However, on 1991's eponymous album (aka "The Black Album"), they went mainstream with radio-friendly ballads, losing old fans but gaining millions of new ones.


Why is Broken, Beat & Scarred so low, that song goes haaaaardd. WE DIEE HARDDD *epic riff*

Following the notoriously widely received as "bad' St. Anger, Metallica returned after 5 years with Death Magnetic. And they had a lot of pressure on them. Not only to prove that they still got it, but also with the production of Rick Rubin and such a long hiatus between albums, this album was important. They had to deliver at least something decent.

And they kind of did? Although still with ... read more


Honestly this album would be on par with Kill Em All for me if the production was better and if some of the songs weren't so... overdone?

The production on this album sounds really flat. A lot of songs that like Broken, Beaten & Scarred would be so much better with better production as the song itself is pretty great. Also another issue with this album, it's so forgettable, besides a few tracks. Seriously who tf remembers The End Of The Line? I don't at least and I listened to this album a ... read more


I mean this is getting boring now. Atleast it’s better than the last album.


The songs sound like generic Metallica, with one twist. The mixing's all fucked up!
Really enjoy some of the songs but they don't sound unique or special at all


Daily Metal Discography Binges: Metallica (Part 9)

Tracklist Ratings

1. That Was Just Your Life: 4/5
2. The End Of The Line: 3/5
3. Broken, Beat & Scarred: 4/5
4. The Day That Never Comes: 4/5
5. All Nightmare Long: 5/5
6. Cyanide: 4/5
7. The Unforgiven III: 3/5
8. The Judas Kiss: 3/5
9. Suicide And Redemption: 3/5
10. My Apocalypse: 4/5

37/50= 74%

Album Presentation: After nearly 2 decades of left turns, Metallica parties like it’s 1986 again. The energy is undeniable but it can ... read more


Finally, Metallica's good again. This album is a massive return to form for the band after the boring Load and Reload and the absolutely disastrous St Anger.

And this album is actually pretty good. Sure, there's production issues with the drums, but that's normal for the band at this point.

But moving on, pretty much every track on here, exzept maybe the last two, are bangers. The Unforgiven III has Kirk's best solo since ...And Justice For All, imo, and That Was Just Your Life and All ... read more

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