Metallica’s New Album Artwork: Any Opinions?

Text and photo taken from MetalNews article here. So is it just me, or is Metallica not so much metal anymore and just waxing geriatric? I mean come on! Their impetus for the album’s artwork and what I infer the disc’s theme is is that “rock and roll martyrs” exist, and that “the concept that we’re all gonna die sometimes is over-talked about and then a lot of times never talked about — no one wants to bring it up.” Come on guys. We’re talking about metal here. Are you just not listening to the majority of metal released these days? There’s all kinds of death being discussed. And the fact that you say no one wants to bring it up, yet it is over talked about makes me say, huh?! What kind of non sequitar is that? Hope the album sounds like it’s got some thought put into it, because the artwork looks like a rehash of something the Misfits put out years ago.

By the way, I am going to post a critical theory reading soon, as in the next few days or so. Until then here’s some Metallica news, which always seems to be abundant.

The cover artwork for METALLICA’s new album, “Death Magnetic”, can be viewed

In an interview conducted yesterday (Wednesday, July 16) by VG TV at the opening show of the second leg of METALLICA’s European summer tour in Bergen, Norway, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield stated about the new album title, “‘Death Magnetic’, at least the title, to me, it’s… It had something to do with… It started out as kind of a tribute to people that have fallen in our business, like Layne Staley [ALICE IN CHAINS] and a lot of the people that have died, basically — rock and roll martyrs of sorts. And then it kind of grew from there. Thinking about death… some people are drawn towards it, and just like a magnet, some people are drawn towards it, [and] other people are afraid of it and push away. And the concept that we’re all gonna die sometimes is over-talked about and then a lot of times never talked about — no one wants to bring it up; it’s the big white elephant in the living room. But we all have to deal with it at some point. So that’s kind of the subject matter.

“METALLICA has announced that every song “Death Magnetic” will be available to download for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on the same date that the record arrives in stores, reports The Pulse of Radio. A post at the band’s official web site stated, “It’s a first in both music and gaming…The same day that ‘Death Magnetic’ hits the streets, you’ll be able to download every song from the album for Guitar Hero III! We are so psyched that we’ll be the first out of the gate with this simultaneous release…Who knows?! Maybe a few years from now this will be the norm when your favorite band’s new record comes out.

“The post added that “Death Magnetic” will also be available for the new World Tour edition of Guitar Hero, which is due out this fall.

Rumors of an all-METALLICA edition of Guitar Hero have been making the rounds recently, but the game’s publishers have not confirmed this.

“Death Magnetic” is due out in September and was produced by METALLICA and Rick Rubin.

A deluxe box set edition of the album will be available in the U.S.

The coffin box package will contain one CD featuring the album, another containing demos, a behind-the-scenes DVD, an exclusive T-shirt, a METALLICA flag, a collection of guitar picks, codes for a special live download and a poster. The coffin box will only be available through,, and

Several other editions of “Death Magnetic” will also be offered for sale through the mission: Metallica site, including an all-digital version and a high-end edition featuring five vinyl LPs and a lithograph.

METALLICA’s next U.S. date is the one-day Ozzfest on August 9 in Dallas, with a full North American tour slated to begin in October.

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