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Beyond Magnetic EP

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    2012 CD EP from the Metal titans containing four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. All four tracks were previously available only as digital downloads, but this EP is the first time these recordings have been available in a physical format. These four songs are the rough mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March of 2008.

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    Disc: 1

      1. Hate Train
      2. Just A Bullet Away
      3. Hell And Back
      4. Rebel Of Babylon


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      J. Gordon 3.0 out of 5 starsMetallica's Musical Apology For the Lulu Project Is Pretty Decent, But Not Great February 5, 2012Format: Audio CD On the heels of their disastrous collaboration with Lou Reed, "Lulu", Metallica releases "Beyond Magnetic", which I imagine is sort of musical damage control. After all, while "Death Magnetic" still has had its fair share of detractors, I think it is considered by a majority of metal fans to be at least a relative return to form. So after squandering their newfound goodwill by indulging in what could be best described as a musical vanity project with Lulu, it makes sense that they would dip back into the Death Magnetic well, with this release of 4 tracks that were completed for that album, but not fully mixed and released on it.

      Listening to it, it reminds me of how confused the band must've been in the time leading up to the Death Magnetic recording sessions. Since the dawn of the 90's, Metallica were being increasingly influenced by their producer, Bob Rock, which resulted in them attempting to re-brand themselves as a heavy rock band, as opposed to a heavy metal band. Load and Reload were both ostensibly attempts to "branch out" into styles that the band members may have already had some interest in, but it was clear that the process was somehow...just not natural. Everything sounded too restrained, too calculated, which I believe was in part due to Bob Rock insisting that they "play it safe", and keep things simplified enough to be commercially viable. Eventually, it all broke down when St. Anger was being made, and with Bob Rock's departure, the band was left adrift in strange and out of tune waters. They had the pent-up rage, but had forgotten how to harness that emotion in the form of actually listenable songs. The songs on Beyond Magnetic are interesting in that they provide an insight on the path back from the confusion of St. Anger, as it is clear why these were not included on Death Magnetic, while at the same time being songs that wouldn't necessarily sound out of place on that album.

      Let's get the bad out of the way first: the songwriting here is not as tight and well-polished as what made it onto Death Magnetic, and as the songs were released without the same final mixing and post-production as those on DM, it's a less user-friendly experience in some ways(although with DM's way too hot mix, that may be open to debate). As a result, there's a bit of that scruffy New Wave of British Heavy Metal vibe, which makes sense, given that I think the band went back to those influences on Death Magnetic. Of the 4 tracks here, the weakest among them is clearly "Hell and Back". It wouldn't surprise me in the least if this was one of the first songs written for these sessions, as it sometimes sounds closer to St. Anger than Death Magnetic, and it shares the same overwrought, confessional tone as St. Anger. I will say that the song improves halfway through, and has the kind of pyrotechnic soloing that was absent on St. Anger, but it doesn't have the same success in blending Metallica's different eras together as the songs that made it onto Death Magnetic.

      The good news is that the other 3 songs are all pretty damn solid pieces of work. The unfortunately-titled "Hate Train" turns out a lot better than the name would indicate, as it starts off switching back and forth between the heavy-rock boogie of a song like "Fuel", and straight-on metal galloping, with some clean-sounding, melodic choruses. About 2/3 of the way through, the song shifts gears completely, and throws a 1-2 punch of a somewhat thrashy, palm-muted theme and a slower, heavier riff, both backed with some nice guitar harmonies. "Just A Bullet Away" is even more unabashedly metal, relying on a chunky, rapid-fire backing riff that builds up, until everything goes silent, and the band breaks out a clean, mournful section where guitar harmonies sprout like bamboo stalks, until things build back up into the main riff. "Rebel of Babylon" can best be compared to "All Nightmare Long", although the emphasis here is less on fast riffs (which are still present), and more on slower, doomier riffs. The common thread, however, is that these 3 songs don't quite seem to have the same confident tone as those that made it onto Death Magnetic, despite the generally competent songwriting and performance present.

      So overall, Beyond Magnetic is a must-have for those who enjoyed Death Magnetic. Those who dismissed Death Magnetic as Metallica trying too hard to recapture the essence of a band they no longer are, are unlikely to find anything to change their minds here. If "Hell and Back" had been a stronger track, this EP could've easily rated 4 stars instead of a "very high 3 stars" (Amazon, please change the ratings to a 10 star system!). This leaves us with the question of whether Metallica's "Lulu" misadventure was just a brief accidental detour, and whether they can regain their momentum that they seemed to have reclaimed in 2008. Only time will tell, but I'm hoping for the best. 88 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse spideyns 4.0 out of 5 starsAppropriately named, it feels like leftovers, one track stronger than the others June 29, 2014Format: MP3 MusicVerified Purchase Before I get into the rating of this album, here is a disclaimer. I am a huge Metallica fan. I've seen them in concert more times than I can count, dating back to the mid 90's. This album is appropriately named. It does feel like it was parts left over from Death Magnetic that they didn't know what to do with when the album was released. I think 3 of the 4 songs are enjoyable but won't frequent my playlists regularly. "Just a Bullet Away" however exceeds those other 3 songs, so I will discuss that one a little.
      Bullet reminds me a little of the musical progression of "Broken, Beat and Scarred", it has the same energy, build up, and progression (for the most part). Where it differs from it's Death Magnetic cousin is the interlude, which smacks of a famous cover that Metallica does "Breadfan". The vocal stylings are a little more syncopated similar to what James did on Frantic. At first, for me, it was hard to listen to vocally, but the more I listened, the more I liked it. For the hardcore Metallica nutjob like myself, you're going to buy this album. It is too cheap not to download. For the more selective Metallica fan or even the fair weather Metallica fan, I would just buy "Just a Bullet Away". 10 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Doc Steele 4.0 out of 5 starsWanton, Soul-Crushing Capitalism? Yes, Please! January 6, 2013Format: MP3 MusicVerified Purchase I felt "Death Magnetic" was a good album, the result of a decade and change of evolution from a trio of guys coming down from a crippling loss. Along the way, Metallica have made a lot of interesting pieces and headed a lot of different directions, but I feel that "Death Magnetic" was about as close to their 1983-1984 thrash metal beginnings as they've been since even before Cliff Burton's tragic death. Of course, there were flaws and areas that could be improved, but that's the nature of raw music: it's not perfect, which is the charm. As to "Beyond Magnetic", it's an excellent middle ground between the success of "Death Magnetic" and the what-the-hell-are-they-thinking of teaming up with Lou Reed for the musical abortion known as "Lulu". "Beyond" contains four tracks that sound like they would be more at home on one of their original platters, long, meandering, heavy, and unapologetic. Much as the rehearsal DVD and "Some Kind of Monster" documentary from the "St. Anger" sessions, at face value, "Beyond Magnetic" is just a way of taking stuff that didn't make it onto the album and capitalizing on it to squeeze out every last cent. Maybe that was the idea, maybe not. Either way, "Beyond Magnetic" is a worthy LP, better even than some of the tracks on the album that spawned it. 2 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse BanDeclawing 4.0 out of 5 starsWish there was more than four songs! February 20, 2018Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase I love Metallica! I have no complaints about this EP. it’s great to have some new Metallica, Especially since there is way too much time between Metallica albums. they take so long in between albums. Pretty much they can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. One person found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse David W. 5.0 out of 5 starsGlad this was released April 10, 2018Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase Glad this was released. A few tracks should have been on Death Magnetic. It seems like with these EP's the band just relaxes a little and says "hope you like it" This is a requirement for any Metallica collection. One person found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse george place 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat CD! I love Metallica May 26, 2016Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase Great CD! I love Metallica! This 4 song E.P. really rocks! The 4 songs are fantastic! I especially like :Just A Bullet Away! This is a nice companion piece to the CD that the songs are left -over from, that being Death Magnetic! I highly recommend this CD! Very happy with item and seller! Thank you! One person found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Brew Time 4.0 out of 5 starsThese songs are better than anything from Death Magnetic which to me was ... October 28, 2016Format: MP3 MusicVerified Purchase These songs are better than anything from Death Magnetic which to me was a huge disappointment. Metallica can do better! Looking forward to hearing Hardwired album in a few weeks. One person found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse deeznuts 2.0 out of 5 starsDeath Magnetic leftovers/Ulrich money grab December 12, 2018Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase Only one good song on here-To Hell and Black
      The rest didn't do anything for me Helpful Comment Report abuse See all 184 reviews Write a customer review

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