Just been listening to Death Magnetic. Hooray!!! A return to form for Metallica! Lost interest after their last few albums but welcome back fellas. Hetfield doesn't quite have the growl anymore but a definite welcome return to the heavier older sounds.
It is better than their St. Anger for sure, but it isn't a album that puts them back to the top of my list.
Although I have issues with the attitudes of James and Lars which may skew my acceptance of the 'return to greatness' the are trying to accomplish with this release. The distortion is annoying, as it isn't as clean as MoP or AJfA which seem to the be albums they keep referring to as a 'return to'.
Not bad, but not the best, nor anything that has me screaming 'they're back!'
Out of the last 4 albums in the last 2-3 weeks I have bought, it is at the bottom (purchased Iced Earth - Crucible of Man, As I Lay Dying - Overcome and Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown in addition to Death Magnetic)
Man, I heard a whole bunch of hype about this but didn't hear about the sound quality problems. What's up with that? If you're going to try to make it the best in years then why not spend some time in the studio and get that crap straightened out?
Geez! And people wonder why nobody wants to pay for music. There's nothing like that feeling that you somehow got ripped off.
SM was a killer release/effort from them - if they had stepped out on that one it would have continued to keep them in a 'greatness' category whether they deserved it or not.
But.....then the infighting and whining. St. Anger sucked harder than a Dyson. Death Magnetic is a million times better than St. Anger, but still not the 'return to old Metallica' is it being touted as.
A good listen, but I've already relegated it to the second tier shuffle program on my mp3 player after a week