Episode 58 is here! We are finishing up the 2008 album Death Magnetic by Metallica! Steve is back for this episode and as a Metallica fan what will he think? Will this record finish strong or with a thud?
Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008, through Warner Bros. Records. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, marking the band’s first album since …And Justice for All (1988) not to be produced by longtime collaborator Bob Rock and co-produced by Hetfield and Ulrich. It is also the first Metallica album with bassist Robert Trujillo, and the second to share writing credit to all of the band’s members.
Death Magnetic made Metallica the first band to achieve five consecutive number-one studio albums on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album received positive reviews, with critics saying the album marked a return to form for Metallica. However, the album’s production was criticized as overcompressed and cited as a product of the loudness war.
James Hetfield – Vocals, rhythm guitar, guitar solo on “Suicide & Redemption”
Kirk Hammett – Lead guitar
Robert Trujillo – Bass
Lars Ulrich – Drums
Rick Rubin – production
Greg Fidelman – engineering, mixing, recording
Andrew Scheps – mixing
Mike Gillies – additional recording
Ted Jensen – mastering
Dan Monti – digital editing
David Campbell – orchestration on “The Unforgiven III”
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