When Popdose Grand Poobah Jeff Giles asked me to write a list article for his site, I couldn't say no. The only question I had for him was, "what content restraints am I working under?" He said, "none." I'm sure he'll come to regret that answer in the coming weeks, but hopefully not now. For today my chosen topic is music autobiography, or musiphy as it's known in the industry. We've seen some great ones in recent years -- Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, Ace Frehley's No Regrets, and Bob Dylan's Chronicles just to name three. But what about all the legendary musicians we haven't heard from yet? Like James Hetfield of Metallica, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, or... well, you can read all about that on Popdose.
Here's the dirty little secret that both fans and detractors of Metallica seem to forget from time to time. Rather than being a faceless musical entity, they're really just four human beings who have grown and changed a great deal since 1983. And don't tell anyone, but so have their fans (well, most of them)! I was just shy of 13 years old when ...And Justice for All came out in 1988. Imagine if I conducted my daily affairs as if I were still in junior high school. How far do you think I'd get in life? Not very far, right? So why is it that it's perfectly OK for people who grew up, grew older, and matured as people while listening to Metallica seem so unwilling to allow the band to do the same? OK, I think I've made my point. Now onto Death Magnetic. Plain and simple, this
The buzz behind Metallica's new album, Death Magnetic, continues to build prior to its September 12 worldwide release. This is easily the most hyped Metallica released since, well, St. Anger. The stream represents 60% of the final 10-song product, an unexpected amount of accessibility for the band. Here's what you'll hear when you visit their site: "The Day That Never Comes" - Decent for the first 4 minutes, then it gets much better. And hey, a Kirk Hammett solo! "My Apocalypse" - Pretty kickass I must say. Reminds me a lot of "Dyers Eve". "Cyanide" - I've heard this one the most, and it's growing on me. Love that drum/bass bit at the beginning and the end. Very reminiscent of the Black Album era. "All Nightmare Long" - CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAA