ride the “death magnetic” lightning…

The title alone tells you it’s gonna freakin’ kick metal ass!

I downloaded Metallica’s new release Death Magnetic from iTunes several days ago. And I have been listening to it ever since—while driving and especially at the gym.

It debuted Wednesday at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Released on September 12th, it sold 490,000 copies in only three days. This is Metallica’s fifth studio album in a row to debut at the top. That’s a record, according to billboard.com: they previously shared this feat with The Beatles, U2, and The Dave Matthews Band with four straight No. 1 debut albums. Now, that’s impressive.

Here’s what-07-16) James Hetfield had to say about the album’s title:

Death Magnetic, at least the title, to me started out as kind of a tribute to people that have fallen in our business, like Layne Staley and a lot of the people that have died, basically — rock and roll martyrs of sorts. And then it kind of grew from there, thinking about death… some people are drawn towards it, and just like a magnet, and other people are afraid of it and push away. And the concept that we’re all gonna die sometimes is over-talked about and then a lot of times never talked about — no one wants to bring it up; it’s the big white elephant in the living room. But we all have to deal with it at some point.

I hate to define this album as “classic” Metallica. However, there’s just no other way to describe it. Here’s why: super long songs, James’ adrenaline-inducing riffs and Lars’ piston-powered drums. Plus, The Unforgiven III !

Yeah, you can say I’m diggin’ it. Anything that makes my ears bleed and gets my heart pumping while I’m working out is reason enough for me.

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