All Nightmare Long

Death Magnetic - The new album by Rick Rubin, oh yes of course.. in collaboration with Metallica. The Gods of Metal's new album since 2003's St.Anger (It actually won a Grammy and went double platinum.. thanks to me as well.. I bought the tape, yes tape.. I never went through the CD phase.. directly shifted from tapes to illegal mp3's like most Indians \m/)

Anyway, do I like Death Magnetic?? I don't know. Do I think it will be a hit? I don't know.

But I do know this...

1) Lyrics suck
2) Solo's suck
3) The sound absolutely lacks any feeling at all.

Metallica's music always lay in the guitars. The vocals were never the main instrument for them to 'communicate' music.. it was the freaking guitars. And in Death Magnetic.. they seem to have thrashed it.. all for just one thing.. thrash.. yes, 'Thrash Metal' to be precise.....

I'm not going into a song-by-song breaking down of the album for I'm sure you can find many other reviews for stuff like that. But I'd like to make one observation - The songs sound like a 'cut and paste' mashup of riffs that could have been the fulcrum for a number of great songs.

Even St.Anger had Metallica's soul in it.. but this one? No way!! There's no Master Of Puppets Solo, no songs that build like 'One' .. and Unforgiven III ... LOL!!!!!!!!! Suicide and Redemption doesn't sound anywhere as inspired as Call Of Ktulu, Orion or To Live Is To Die.. I really wonder why Kirk is so reluctant to hit any high notes in his solos...

Poor Metallica, getting all beaten and kicked over by pig-headed fans who fail to accept that all great bands have to progress ( Guess no one complained when The Beatles stopped making love ballads and released St.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club.. a psychedelic experiment.. yea and that was mainstream them...). So what's wrong with Metallica making Load and Re-load.. if you don't like the music, don't buy it for metals sake....

If Death Magnetic sucks so bad.. I'd blame you.. THE FAN, for killing Metallica. Stop telling them to make music YOU want to listen to.. listen to music for what it really is. Maybe Death Magnetic would have a couple of songs with lyrics about love and fatherhood, but at least it would have been honest music.. not manufactured shit like Death Magnetic... Metallica sound like a band being forced to make the music that they so want to run away from...

"...The Slave Becomes The Master..." - James Hetfield, in the song 'End Of The Line'

But its Metallica, and I'm still going to listen to the album because "Free Speech For The Dumb" was one of the most liberating experience I ever had way back in Class VII. When all you could see and hear around you was the Backstreet Boys the song simply blew me away (and did I mention that it has the F word in it as well??) Metallica's been a part of my life ever since. The least I owe them is a good listen....



Oh, n btw.. 'All Nightmare Long' is probably the best song on the album for me at this point...

What rubbish have I written? This was supposed to be an album review.. fckkk......