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Metallica – Death Magnetic (Box Set)

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In Australia, Death Magnetic was the fastest selling album of 2008, selling 55,877 copies in its first full week of release.[109] Death Magnetic was Australia’s highest-selling record in one week since Australian Idol winner Damien Leith’s The Winner’s Journey, in December 2006. The same success was repeated in Germany, where Death Magnetic has become the fastest selling album of 2008. Within the first three days of the album’s release, Death Magnetic sold over 100,000 copies and has been certified platinum. Reviews for the album have been mostly positive. Allmusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated the album was like “hearing Metallica sound like Metallica again”. Other positive reviews come from publications like The Guardian, who say that the album is “the strongest material the band have written in 20 years”, and Uncut, declaring that “like all the best heavy rock albums, it suspends your disbelief, demands your attention and connects directly with your inner adolescent.” BBC Music’s Chris Jones felt that Hetfield’s lyrics had become “the channel of his post-therapy angst”. The Observer stated “…it’s a joy to have these gnarled veterans back to reinforce the sheer visceral thrill of timeless heavy metal”

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Metallica’s lead guitarist dominates this 2008 sequel, playing with an euphoric fury not heard in years, if not decades. This aesthetic shift isn’t because Hammett suddenly rules the band: the album intertwined guitar riffs, frenetic solos, and thunderous double-bass drums stitched together as intricate seven-minute suites. Death Magnetic is a resounding success because they hunker down and embrace their core strengths, recognizing that their greatest asset is that nobody else makes noise in the same way as they do. That’s the pleasure of Death Magnetic: hearing Metallica sound like Metallica again. Individual songs and, especially, Hetfield’s lyrics — less the confessional ballast of St. Anger, more a traditional blend of angst and terror — are secondary to how the band sounds, how they spit, snarl, and surge, how they seem alive. Metallica isn’t replicating moves they made in the ’80s, they’re reinvigorated by the spirit of their early years, adding shading they’ve learned in the ’90s, whether it’s the symphonic tension of “The Unforgiven III” or threading curdled blues licks through the thrash. Listening to the band play, it’s hard not to thrill at Metallica’s mastery of aggression and escalation. There is no denying that the band is older and settled, no longer fueled by the hunger and testosterone that made their ’80s albums so gripping, but on Death Magnetic older doesn’t mean less potent. Metallica is still vitally violent and on this terrific album — a de facto comeback, even if they never really went away — they’re finally acting like they enjoy being a great rock band.


1. My Apocalypse
2. The Judas Kiss
3. Broken, Beat & Scarred
4. That Was Just Your Life
5. The Unforgiven III
6. Cyanide
7. The End Of The Line
8. All Nightmare Long
9. Suicide & Redemption
10. The Day That Never Comes


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Weight 1.700 kg
Dimensions 42.0 × 42.0 × 5.0 cm