Death Magnetic

~ Release group by Metallica

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Death MagneticCD10
  • AR2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)17840200602517840201
Death MagneticCD10
  • BR2008-09-12
Universal Music Ltda. (Brasil)60251784020602517840201
Death MagneticCD10
  • CA2008-09-12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)2-508732093624986188
Death MagneticCD10
  • XE2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517737280602517737280
Death Magnetic (Limited Edition)5×12" Vinyl2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2
  • XE2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517737310602517737310
Death Magnetic3×Vinyl2 + 2 + 2
  • XE2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517828339, 00602517828353, 00602517828391
Death Magnetic2×Vinyl2 + 2
  • XE2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517828452, 00602517828476
Death MagneticCD10
  • DE2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517840201602517840201
Death MagneticSHM-CD10
  • JP2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)UICR-90284988005527950
Death MagneticCD10
  • PL2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517810938602517810938
Death MagneticCD10
  • TH2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517810938602517810938
Death MagneticCD10
  • GB2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517737266602517737266
Death Magnetic (coffin box)2×CD + DVD-Video10 + 10 + 10
  • GB2008-09-12
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517804609602517804609
Death Magnetic2×12" Vinyl5 + 5
  • US2008-09-12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)508732-1093624983552
Death MagneticCD10
  • US2008-09-12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)508732-2093624986188
Death Magnetic (Limited Edition)CD10
Vertigo (British rock label)00602517737280602517737280
Death MagneticCD10
Vertigo (British rock label)46050-260108-14605026010819
Death MagneticCD10
Vertigo (British rock label)STARCD 7271, STARCD 7271 (172)6009143337831
Death MagneticCD10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)508732-2093624986188
Death MagneticSHM-CD10
  • JP2010-09-22
Vertigo (British rock label)UICY-946744988005628725
Death MagneticCD10
  • US2013-11-19
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND018-2856115004583
Death MagneticDigital Media10
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)[none]
Bootleg
Death Magnetic: Better, Shorter, CutDigital Media10
  • XW2008-09-06
Death Magnetic (bootleg rip of the Guitar Hero III DLC package)Digital Media11
  • XW2008-09-16
Death Magnetic (DECEiFER REMASTER)Digital Media11
Death Magnetic (MARCKIII)Digital Media10
  • XW2009-09-12
[no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)[none]
Death Magnetic (Moderus III)Digital Media11
[no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)[none]

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