Archive for August, 2008

You may have heard a little something about a radio show being broadcast live from our very own HQ . . . well, we figured it would be a lot more fun if we invited some ‘Tallica fans to come hang with us and low and behold, one thing led to another and Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins actually said “yes!” So on Thursday, September 4, we’re going to hang out, play tracks from “Death Magnetic” and chat with Dave and Taylor.The festivities begin at 6:00 PM PDT . . . check with your local radio station to see if they will be carrying the live broadcast and we’ll post a list of participating stations next week.

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We’ve had a sneak peak at the ‘Death Magnetic’ packaging.

Metal Hammer can exclusively reveal all about the digi-pack version of Metallica’s ‘Death Magnetic’ album.

Firstly, the coffin that adorns the front of is concentric (meaning it has a coffin-shaped hole in the centre of the booklet that gets smaller as you turn each page). The images on each page in chronological order are: a car wreckage, an eyeball, a baby scan, a man in bed screaming, the cover of The Day That Never Comes single, a streeat photo taken from on top of a building, people on a beach sunbathing, a cow’s carcass, a steel pipe and fans at a concert, followed by a pic of the band standing on the street.

 

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Stavros Pamballis of UK’s Terrorizer magazine has just had an opportunity to listen to the new METALLICA album “Death Magnetic” in its entirety. His knee-jerk first impressions follow.

“If you could timewarp back to 1983 with a copy of ‘Death Magentic’ in your hands and play it to the spotty, longhaired brats who’d just finished recording ‘Kill ‘Em All’, they would have no problem at all recognizing themselves in its epic song structures, jaw-dropping guitar work (all buzzsaw guitars and face-melting solos) and sheer whiplash-inducing energy. In fact, they’d probably be impressed.

That’s right kids, for once, you can believe the hype: ‘Your’ METALLICA are back and they’ve brought their balls with them this time. (more…)

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Read the first review of the new album now!

Metallica Inc has got some making up to do: 2003’s St Anger probably should have stayed within the walls of the band’s HQ and labelled under ‘Some Kind Of Therapy’.

As we step into the deepest bowels of their record company to be one of the first to hear Death Magnetic it’s with fear and trepidation. Murmurings of Kirk Hammett soloing again and thrash riffage are all very well but have they been delivered on this 80-minute beast? Yes. And then some.

That Was Just Your Life

It begins with the sound of a slow beating heart, moves into a Sanitarium-flavoured piece of clean picking. Then all hell breaks loose. This is a Metallica that many thought they would never hear again – the lighting speed rhythm guitars of Blackened and a mighty James Hetfield with new found fire in his voice. It’s the sound of a band who’ve suddenly recognised their strengths and are somehow bridging the gap between …And Justice For all and 1991’s The Black Album. What a way to start.  (more…)

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Does anyone agree with any of this???

“My sleeping schedule is a bit different from most, so I’m just now seeing the reaction to the little blurb I posted very, very late last night about “My Apocalypse,” the disastrous last song from Metallica’s new album, “Death Magnetic.”

I concede that my post last night had nothing in the way of constructive criticism, which I admittedly did on purpose just to see what kind of reaction it would get. So here comes some actual criticism.

Why do I call “My Apocalypse” the worst Metallica song ever? Because it encapsulates everything that could go wrong with the band. There are individual songs that are probably worse, musically (“Purify,” “Poor Twisted Me,” and “Better Than You” come to mind), but I’m calling this one worse more on principle. Specifically:

• The “St. Anger” trash-can drums are back. I do not understand this, since Lars Ulrich himself has criticized the drum sound on that album. (more…)

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MetallicaIn the first of an occasional Quietus series, Lars Ulrich puts himself through the Rumour Mill and answers Joel McIver’s questions on cocaine, whether ‘St. Anger’ was bobbins, and that little reviews hoo ha a few months back.

Lars, rumour has it that you’ve enjoyed a line or two of coke in your time.

“I don’t do that any more. That’s all done, thank you for asking! A couple of years ago I was like, ‘You know? Enough of this. I don’t need it’. It was literally something that happened one morning, like ‘Y’know? Fuck that’. I was very impressed with Noel Gallagher: as you know, I’m an Oasis fanatic, and Noel was like [adopts stentorian tone] ‘You know what? No more cocaine!’ and I thought, ‘If he can do it, everybody else can do it’. I had my fun with it, it was always more of a social thing. We were never like rolling around and spending days in bathroom stalls, and peeking out the keyholes of doors for days.” (more…)

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METALLICA frontman James Hetfield joined reactivated NWOBHM legends SWEET SAVAGE (based in Belfast, Northern Ireland) on stage at their August 20, 2008 concert at Marlay Park in Dublin, Ireland (where they supported METALLICA) for a rendition of the SWEET SAVAGE classic “Killing Time”. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich used Noel Gallagher as an inspiration to give up cocaine.

The drummer set he decided to quit the drug a few years ago, and took the Oasis guitarist as an inspiration.

“A couple of years ago I was like, ‘You know? Enough of this. I don’t need it’. It was literally something that happened one morning, like ‘Y’know? Fuck that’,” he told The Quietus.com.

He added: “I was very impressed with Noel Gallagher. As you know, I’m an Oasis fanatic, and Noel was like [adopts Mancunian accent] ‘You know what? No more cocaine!’ (Gallagher quit in 1998) and I thought, ‘If he can do it, everybody else can do it’.

“I had my fun with it, it was always more of a social thing. We were never like rolling around and spending days in bathroom stalls, and peeking out the keyholes of doors for days.”

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Skullcandy, a developer of core audio products, announces its partnership with Metallica for the band’s ninth studio album, “Death Magnetic”, being released on Friday, September 12th. The first collaboration of its kind, the partnership introduces Metallica-branded Skullcandy headphones, Metallica Hesh and Metallica Lowrider, to debut alongside the new downloadable album.

“For years, Skullcandy folks have been Metallica fans. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the first ever limited edition, Artist Series headphones to the marketplace with such a legendary band,” stated Rick Alden, Founder of Skullcandy. “It’s exciting to be a part of the breaking of a new album with our signature headphones. This is a collaboration that both Metallica and Skullcandy fans will be excited for.”

The Skullcandy Artist Series includes two styles of headphones, both Metallica branded. The Metallica Hesh features 50mm high explosive power drivers, soft snake skin leather earpads, in line volume control and sound-boosting parabolic ear-cups. Priced at $69.95, fans will also receive a card with an access code to legally download the new album from a site developed by Warner Brothers. A must-have at $49.95 for any metal maniac, the Metallica Lowrider packs a monster 40mm power driver in a small lowrider chassis and includes smooth styling, 90 degree swivel, DJ-style speakers, and a unique fold-up headband for portability.

“Releasing Death Magnetic is another milestone for us, as is our collaboration with Skullcandy for the Metallica headphones,” stated Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. “This is a great opportunity for us to give our fans a new way of listening to our music.

The new limited edition Metallica/Skullcandy headphones will be available on Friday, September 12, 2008 around the globe. For more information on the music collaboration visit www.skullcandy.com/metallica

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A five-minute audio interview with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett conducted on August 15, 2008 at the 23rd Pukkelpop music festival in the village of Kiewit, near Hasselt (Limburg province), Belgium

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Metallica have posted another song, “My Apocalypse,” from their upcoming album, “Death Magnetic,” online. Listen to it here.

This is a little more St. Anger, but in a good way.. Nice and fast with a little Slayer feel to it.

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James talks about ride the lightning…and the good ole days

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Born to push you around
You better just stay down
You pull away
He hits the flesh
You hit the ground
Mouths so full of lies
Tend to black your eyes
Just keep them closed
Keep praying
Just keep waiting

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