Dude. I was so excited to hear about the new Metallica / Lou Reed collaboration (Lulu)! But then, I heard the new Metallica / Lou Reed collaboration and I was much less excited. Thankfully, I was able to wash my ears out with Beyond Magnetic.
A digital EP featuring 4 songs (Hate Train, Just a Bullet Away [my personal favorite], Hell and Back & Rebel of Babylon) that were recorded for the Death Magnetic album but didn’t make the cut, these tracks restored my faith. What I love about the Metallica in the post-Load years is the stripped-back, unpolished edge that is back in their music, and that edge shines in these songs.
The hardcore, gritty flavor that makes you want to crank Metallica songs at a rude volume is alive and well in this brief collection. According to the band on the Metallica website, these songs are “…the rough mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March of 2008.” But if this is the rough mix? I don’t want the polished.
Hardcore Metallica fans have had these songs for a week or so now, as they were sent to fan club members following the recent 30-year anniversary show series that the band played earlier this month; to the rest of you, I say get thee to iTunes to take a listen & to download the EP for yourself.