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September 1, 2008

Counting Down to the Return of Metallica

Filed under: Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 5:33 pm

For those of us who wondered when/if they’d be back, Metallica returns Sept. 12 with the first studio album of new material in five years, Death Magnetic.

It’s hard to believe these guys have been around 26 years. Their early stuff up until 1991’s Metallica (aka The Black Album) are modern-day classics; everything after that is somewhat up for debate.

Some of their hardcore fans, who may be still grieving over the day the band members cut their hair, argue they haven’t really been any good since The Black Album. And let’s face it, their legal battle with Napster a few years ago and the documentary, Some Kind of Monster (which showed them at the rich, decadent worst) didn’t really help them.

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich with composer Michael Kamen and former bassist Jason Newsted

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich with composer Michael Kamen and former bassist Jason Newsted

But hey, the boys of Metallica may be older and approaching 50, but I think there’s a good chance that Death Magnetic will show they are far from washed-up. Until September 12, here’s a taste of classic Metallica for those who are feeling a tinge nostalgic – and perhaps a little old – like yours truly:

And here’s also a taste of of what they can do with a live orchestra, for those who still think they went, perhaps, permanently “soft” a long time ago:

I don’t know about you, but a band that can still rock and tear up a stage with a live orchestra (as in operatic orchestra) is pretty badass to me, even if their wealth has left them less hungry.

~mmc

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