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Mark Davis "mada136" (Helston, Cornwall, United Kingdom)

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Death Magnetic
Death Magnetic
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Link, 13 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Death Magnetic (Audio CD)
Death Magnetic is a very solid album, probably the most rewardng listen that the band have provided us with since their change of direction in 1991. The complexity of the songs has increased greatly since St Anger, but the band have lost none of the raw power and agression so evident in their 2003 release.

The album as a whole is not a simple return to the 80's. It seems to be a general opinion that the album is a follow on of And Justice for All, but the sound and mood of the music is different in several ways. On tracks such as All Nightmare Long and Broken, Beat and Scarred a straightforward and overwhelming power is evident. The sheer audio pummeling of tracks such as these is unlike anything on the first four albums. This helps in providing an experience as engaging as the black album and as interesting as master of puppets. The thick and full production on the album is partly to thank for this, enveloping you in a powerful and all consuming sound.

Despite all these positives, the album is not perfect and at times appears to lack focus. Songs such as End of the Line and Unforgiven 3 will leave you feeling mystified as to what their place on the album is. Both songs do have redeeming features however and are still solid efforts when compared to the modern metal market.

In general, a mightily impressive album which can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of their formative albums.

Hammered (Ltd.)
Hammered (Ltd.)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRUTAL, 10 April 2002
This review is from: Hammered (Ltd.) (Audio CD)
Hammered shocked me with its sheer brilliance! when i first played the album after buying it on its released date, it was the opening track , "Walk a crooked mile", that really blew me away. It has so many genius touches! like the melodic chorus and the punchy riff that plays along side the verse. All the tracks on this masterpiece are superb. Another one of the highlights is "Brave new world" ehich also has very clever melodic parts and an anthemic chorus. "Doctor love" is another track that stands out. It has a rally good bounce to it that is created by the bouncy guitar riff that opens the song , the chorus's swaying guitars are a masterstroke. "Red raw" is a ferocious song that rips your head off with every note. The darkest song on the album and is also one of the best. "red raw" is the darkest song but the darkest moment on the this record is easily the ending vocal performance by lemmy( Serial killer) who is joined later in the track by WWF wrestler Tripple H. The effect is geniuinely chilling. With hammered Motorhead have managed to create a more melodic , but at the same time a more crunching and ferocious album than the other 17.

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