Re: Metallica - Death Magnetic. They're at it again. (heads up)
I heard the DJ on the rock station say yesterday that it's sold over a million copies, worldwide, in the first two weeks.
Of course, that means nothing except that they can still sell albums. And they have a loyal fan base.
I've listened to it a few more times and I still think the musicianship is good, and that the overall sound is a long overdue correction in course.
Hetfield's voice is the only thing that can't go back in time. Everyone in the band could play Kill 'Em All just like they recorded it, but James could not sing it like they recorded it.
I'm not saying that's good or bad. He's older than me and still rockin', so he deserves credit for that. But his voice will never have that edge to it like it did on the first three albums (the only ones that really rocked, imo.) Both the timbre of his voice and his style are different. It just doesn't carry the same intensity. That said, he's definitely made an effort to crank it up on this latest release.