Metallica Goes Vintage on Death Magnetic

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2008 at 4:50 am

page6metallicaThe mark of any great band or group is longevity.  Many musicians have found lightning in a bottle and have had brief success in the music industry, but for most, their moment in the spotlight is over before they even blink.  Some artists find a way to push through the ups and downs of the business and stay driven under any circumstance to make it to the top.  One legendary band that has followed this blueprint is Metallica.  The group just released its much anticipated, highly publicized, new album Death Magnetic, on September 12.

For all Metallica fans, Death Magnetic has many underlying stories that create the amazing amount of excitement.   One of the newest songs that has caused the most discussion among the Metallica faithful is “Unforgiven III”.  The original song appeared on the band’s most famous work, 1991’s Black Album, and “Unforgiven II” debuted in 1997’s release Reload.  The latest version of “Unforgiven” does not begin with Metallica’s patented great first note, but the song is sung extremely well by James Hetfield, giving it the possibility to become a huge hit just like the first two .  On the first listen, it sounded like it had more substance than “Unforgiven II”, but still does not quite have the same pop and power the very first “Unforgiven” brought to the table back in 1991.

All Metallica fans were extremely excited to hear new bassist Robert Trujillo’s album debut.  Trujillo has been touring with the band for some time, but has yet to make an appearance on an album.  His performance was more than excellent.  He was so good that it could be argued that one down-fall to the album may be the lack of use of Trujillo. If he was involved in more of the songs and possibly given a couple extra solos it could have taken this already very good piece of work to the next level. Trujillo is an accomplished, versatile bassist, but no song on the album features his great abilities. With so many long songs and so many different parts on the album, I think they could have found a few times to feature some vintage Trujillo.

My two favorite songs on the track were “Judas Kiss” and “My Apocalypse”.  Both songs were different, but very good at the same time.  “Judas Kiss” is a longer song with a very solid verse, up-beat chorus, and many interesting tempo changes.  The song takes a dark turn near the end which really makes it work.  The final song on the album, “My Apocalypse” is both the shortest and heaviest song on the album. This song has been extremely hyped by both the band and the fans and, after listening, it lives up to the hype.  This song is all speed and aggression, with great drum work.  It was a great decision to end the album with this song, because it definitely concluded on a high note.
Metallica is a band that refuses to die and keeps going out and recording smash hits.  Death Magnetic is just another example of this heavy metal quartet from San Francisco with-standing the test of time and prime on making more great music in years to come.


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