LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES SEPTEMBER 12, 2019- ON THIS DATE IN 2008 METALLICA RELEASED THEIR NINTH STUDIO ALBUM ‘DEATH MAGNETIC.’
THIS WAS THE FIRST ALBUM TO FEATURE BASSIST ROB TRUJILLO AND THE MUSIC WAS RIGHT ON POINT, WITH THE BAND MEMBERS SEEING EYE TO EYE IN A WAY THEY HADN’T IN YEARS. IN AN INTERVIEW LARS ULRICH HAD THIS TO SAY:
“We finally found out what our dynamic should be. At some point we just stopped competing and found out that we’re better off when we’re not trying to trump one another. It’s not about winning or losing an argument, it’s about appreciating the fact that the sum of both of us will always be better than either of us individually and we sort of depend on each other and need each other and are better off for having each other.”
THE ALBUM COVER DEPICTED A WHITE COFFIN AT THE BOTTOM OF A GRAVE. IT WAS ALSO SURROUNDED BY METAL SHAVINGS THAT FORMED A MAGNETIC PATTERN AROUND THE IMAGE. I THOUGHT IT LOOKED LIKE A HAIRY VAGINA !!! WHEN I TOLD THIS TO JAMES HETFIELD, HE STARTING EFF’ING WITH ME AND SUGGESTED I NEEDED PSYCHIATRIC HELP ! WELL I FOUND OUT LATER
THAT METALLICA WAS DEFINITELY AWARE OF THE DOUBLE-ENTENDRE. ACCORDING TO LARS:
“ Of course we knew what it kind of looked like. Those elements were with us from the very birth of that idea. When we were sitting around with David, our designer, and he was showing us different ideas, we were obviously well aware of that and we liked the abstractness and the many different ways it could be viewed, absolutely.”
‘DEATH MAGNETIC’ DEBUTED AT NUMBER ONE ON THE ALBUM CHARTS AND MARKED THE FIFTH STRAIGHT METALLICA ALBUM TO DEBUT AT # 1. ‘DEATH MAGNETIC’ WAS NOMINATED FOR SIX GRAMMY AWARDS, AND WON THREE.
HERE’S THE FIRST SINGLE FROM THE ALBUM ‘THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES’