By Ryan Clark
Well folks, the new Metallica album, "Death Magnetic", certainly isn't "Master of Puppets Part 2". If you were expecting this of their newest effort, I suggest you buy the new AC/DC album when it is released next month. If you want more of the same, you aren't going to get it with the new Metallica album, and therein lay one of its main strengths. Considering the artistic hole they put themselves in with "St. Anger", this new record is an amazing achievement. I saw that as a huge challenge to overcome, and they did it with "Death Magnetic". Of course there are those who will bash it and claim everything about the new album is "all hype", saying Metallica hasn't done anything good since "...And Justice For All", which I have found to be one of the main talking points of the metal "purists". Who on this mortal earth appointed these internet trolls the judges of all things heavy is still a mystery to me. I know, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it seems as if many made up their minds about this album before even hearing a single note of it. I think that's pretty dishonest. Hey, good for you then, go listen to your Burzum records and count the days until Varg is released from jail, I'll sit here and enjoy hearing one of my favorite metal bands rise from the ashes and show that they aren't done yet. Okay, time to focus!