September 17, 2008

Metallica Makes a Heavy Return


"Death Magnetic" is Metallica's first album since 2003's disappointment, "St. Anger." Metallic's ninth studio album, which is titled to pay homage to past rock legends, has been two years in the making. "The Day that Never Comes" and "My Apocalypse" were the first singles released from the album. The album was released Sept. 12 in its entirety.

"Death Magnetic" sounds great and gives you a feel of old-school Metallica albums, "And Justice for All" (1979) and "Kill 'Em All" (1983). There are a total of 10 songs that average 71/2 minutes long. The songs are filled with great guitar riffs, and amazing, powerful drum beats. This will make playing the tracks on "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" more challenging and fun. The whole album can be obtained through downloadable content for X-Box Live or PlayStation Network.

The album is being uniquely marketed to a broad spectrum of heavy metal fans. One of the many ways Death Magnetic is available is a CD version with bonus content that includes live shows and "making of" footage. It can also be purchased as a digital download, a CD, or a vinyl LP version for old-school Metallica fans. The final way is the "Box Magnetic" which is a white coffin-shaped box that includes the CD, another CD with demos of the 10 songs on the album, more making of footage, a T-shirt, a flag, guitar picks, a coffin-shaped poster of the band and a collector's credit card that has a free download of a live performance in Europe.

At a time when heavy metal music is being introduced to a new generation through the ever-popular video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Metallica picked a good time to be great once again.

Ethan White is a freshman at Niagara-Wheatfield.

Originally published by NeXt Correspondent.

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