Metallica: Death Magnetic
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The internet most hated band, Metallica has revealed the titled their yet to be finished albums. “Death Magnetic” is the title the band’s new album, a follow up to the 2003 sonic abortion titled “St. Anger”.
Metallica became the internet most hated band when the ill-advised Lars Ulrich declared war against Napster and its users back in 2000 Under the guidance of Howard King who also represented Dr. Dre and Red Hot Chili Pepper, Ulrich paved the warpath against Napster and its users. Such move became the catalyst to the birth of anti-Metallica movement, solidify the band’s title as internet most hated band.
Metallica once was the mightiest band in the world with seminal records such as “Kill ‘Em All” and “Master of Puppets”, became the end of many jokes. Camp Chaos enjoyed huge success for parodying the Metallica v. Napster fiasco. Metallica seems to have lost their edge, especially after releasing “Load” and “ReLoad” in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Shortly after Napster fiasco, Metallica lost Jason Newsted who had been with the band since 1987. The end of Metallica seemed to be inevitable.
In 2003, Metallica re-emerge with “St. Anger”, dubbed as one of the worst sounding recording ever, especially with the drums. Metallica still managed to draw phenomenally large crowd on their tour all around the world. Metallica stayed in the public eye for the now infamous documentary “Some Kind Of Monster” in 2004. The documentary showed the turmoils within the band’s life. How could the world’s biggest band be in such situation. They couldn’t even write decent songs. Many diehard fans could only hope that the addition of Robert Trujillo would revive Metallica and once again deliver the music to love.
Here we are five years after “St. Anger”, Metallica announced their ninth studio album titled “Death Magnetic”. The first album written and recorded with Robert Trujillo as a member. This time Metallica tapped Rick Rubin as their producer. Yet, once again, Metallica couldn’t stay away from controversy even when the band themselves didn’t do anything. In June 2008, Metallica was accused of bullying some bloggers to take down reviews of their unfinished songs. Upon the news, the internet once again crowned Metallica as their most hated band. Shortly after, the band revealed that they were shocked by this allegation, and found out that the band’s own management, Q-Prime was acting without their consent. As usual, the damage is done. This somehow proves that it is easy to start controversy on the internet. Metallica is yet still the internet most hated band.
Despite of all the negativity, no one would be able to deny the legacy of Metallica. The year 2008 marks the 25 year anniversary to “Kill ‘Em All”, Metallica’s official debut album. This means Metallica is eligible for “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” starting this year. Unfortunately, they are yet to be nominated to receive the honor.
“Death Magnetic” is tentatively scheduled for release in September 2008. Would Metallica be able to regain the respect they once had? I guess for those who care have to wait until September. So far, the reviews have been good for Metallica. The way it goes right now, we all be treated to a great album from a legendary band named Metallica.