Shay Quillen of the San Jose Mercury News was one of a number of journalists who were invited to METALLICA's headquarters in San Rafael, California to get a sneak preview of the band's Rick Rubin-produced opus, "Death Magnetic". Quillen writes in his review: "I can report that this album rocks. And those who hated 'St. Anger' will be pleased to know that, as recorded by Rubin, Lars Ulrich's drums sound like drums, not garbage can lids, and that the guitar solo has returned. A lot of the songs are epics, with multiple sections and shifting grooves.
"The first song, 'That Was Just Your Life', begins with the sound of a beating heart followed by an instrumental passage that gradually, ominously builds for two minutes before James Hetfield starts singing.
"Track 2, 'The End of the Line', is even more of an epic. When you think the song has wound down, Hetfield starts crooning 'the slave becomes the master,' and then the whole thing fires up again for a big conclusion. This was one of my favorites."
Read Shay Quillen's entire review at this location.
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