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Is there anything Rick Rubin can’t do? It’s been a good 15 years since Metallica started losing it, five since St. Anger helped globally popularize the idea of its retirement. Even the band – down Jason Newsted and awaiting ex-Suicidal Tendencies bassist Robert Trujillo’s absorption into the group – admitted that its last album, tunelessly pieced together from studio jams and group-therapy notes, had no songs. Lars Ulrich’s drums didn’t sound like drums any more. The new tunes were ignored on tour and the band members performed facing in four different directions. It was all but done. (more…)

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Call Death Magnetic Kirk Hammett’s revenge. Famously browbeaten into accepting Lars Ulrich and producer Bob Rock’s dictum that guitar solos were “dated” and thereby verboten for 2003’s St. Anger — a fraught recording chronicled on the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster — Metallica’s lead guitarist dominates this 2008 sequel, playing with a euphoric fury not heard in years, if not decades. This aesthetic shift isn’t because Hammett suddenly rules the band: powerless to add solos to St. Anger, he couldn’t reinstate them without the blessing of Ulrich and James Hetfield, the politburo of Metallica. The duo suffered some combination of shame and humility in the wake of the muddled St. Anger and Monster, convincing these two unmovable forces to change direction. They ditched longtime producer Rock — who helmed every album since 1991’s breakthrough blockbuster Metallica — in favor of Rick Rubin, patron saint of all veteran rockers looking to reconnect with their early spark. Rubin may be the go-to producer for wayward superstars, but as the producer of Slayer, he’s also rooted in thrash, so he understands the core of Metallica’s greatness and gently steers them back to basics on Death Magnetic.   (more…)

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Metallica’s new album, “Death Magnetic,” has hit the shelves in the United Kingdom earlier than planned.

The famous rock band’s highly-anticipated 12th album was due out on Friday, but Vertigo      (Metallica’s record label) gave the green light to U.K. shops to sell before the planned date after some retailers broke the sale restriction.

One of the retailers which broke the embargo was Zavvi’s Oxford Street store in London. The store started selling Death Magnetic on Wednesday. HMV, which owns over 50 per cent of the music retail market in the UK, also announced the album was available in stores for the price of £9.99 (approximately $20). (more…)

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 20 years to the day. In just a few days we will be treated to another masterpiece by the ‘tallica boys. Its been a long journey but in many ways they are back to where they started. At the time one of the most anticipated albums, ‘…And Justice for All’ is arguably their best album (bass mix not withstanding). Metallica are still relevant with a guaranteed #1 and probably multi-platinum album with world wide appeal and success. I still remember skipping the first day of school back then to go and buy this album…

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Metallica have made another track from their forthcoming new album, ‘Death Magnetic’, available to listen to on the website.

‘Cyanide’, is also available to buy now on iTunes.

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We’ve already lived through “The Day That Never Comes” — in the studio and live. So this is the third time it has never come. Something like that. The stitched together, eight-and-a-half-minute, Metallica-sampling Metallica epic gets a high budget, short-film style video today, set in a region of California made up like an American-occupied Islamic state, with soldiers very freaked out by a woman in a burka. Lars writes:

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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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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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Metallica debuted a scorching new song, Cyanide, during their headlining set on Saturday night (August 9) at Ozzfest. It marked the first time that the band has performed any material in concert from the upcoming Death Magnetic.

And guess what? MusicRadar has a soundboard-quality YouTube stream of the cut just for you. Simply click this link and feast your years on this blazing six-minute bonanza. (more…)

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Like its predecessor “St. Anger,” the new Metallica album, “Death Magnetic,” will be released worldwide off-cycle on Friday Sept. 12 via Warner Bros. No reason was given for the switch from a traditional Monday/Tuesday release; in 2003, the group’s label claimed Friday was chosen to prevent pirated copies of “St. Anger” from entering the marketplace. source

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Metallica have denied that ‘The Day That Never Comes’, the first song from their new album, is an attempt to send a political statement about America’s ongoing involvement with the war in Iraq.The video for the song, which is due to be released in early September, depicts a solider aiding a wounded solider.

 

Speaking about the track, frontman James Hetfield said he hoped the band could put “the human element in what is an unfortunate part of life.

“There are people over there dealing with situations like this, and we’re showing the human part of being there,” he said.

“There are so many celebrities that soapbox their opinions, and people believe it’s more valid because they’re popular. For us, people are people — you should all have your own opinion.” (more…)

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