Metallica - Death Magnetic (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Metallica - Death Magnetic

(Vertigo)

METAL

That Metallica have become metal’s answer to the Rolling Stones – an endlessly touring megalith who’s albums have be come increasingly irrelevant as their live shows have become greater spectacles – should not negate getting the most out of this 75 minutes of heads down thrash.

There’s a trillion fakers out there currently trying to make a living out of successfully aping the incisive dynamics, relentless riffing, caustic soloing and doom-focussed imagery that Metallica pioneered in the 80s, so why can’t they? They give it a shot, foregoing ‘Enter Sandman’ crowd pleasing for a belligerent pomp metal spectacle.

Drummer Lars Ulrich remains a one-dimensional percussive force that limits the expansion of the Metallica blueprint into any new sonic territory and James Hetfield’s confessional lyrical meditations remain firmly on the wrong side of pastiche. But, if you can take being mocked by hipsters, naysayers and back-in-the day merchants, the broad strokes Death Magnetic offers more than ample unashamed riffage.

Metallica

Chart-topping metal behemoths on a world wide tour following the release of their latest album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Mon 30 Oct

prices vary / 0844 338 8000

Manchester Arena

Sat 28 Oct

£50–£85 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 24 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

With Kvelertak.

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