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Earlier this week, we heard Metallica’s new Rick Rubin-produced album will be available for Guitar Hero III the same day it hits stores. If you wanna know what it sounds like, try Google cache. The unpublishing of Death Magnetic buzz is suspect, but Dave and Chris will be first in line for it anyway. Blabbermouth gives us the first look at the album cover…

Here’s James Hetfield talking to talking to VG TV about the 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 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.”

An special “coffin box” of the album will come with demos, a DVD, a t-shirt, guitar picks, a poster, and a flag. So screw you Internet.

 
Comments (27)
  1. hank  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    looks like a big hairy butthole to me. probably sounds like one too.

  2. volume-addict  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    At other messageboards, they’ve already observed that the album art looks a little bit like a vag.

  3. Everybody  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Dear Stereogum,

    Please ease up on the incessant Metallica and Coldplay posts.

    Love,
    Everybody

  4. Jonathon  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    this cover makes Evil Urges look like Van Gogh

  5. that guy  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    can’t be worse than st.anger

    • bone frog  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

      you online wits seem to think that st. anger is terrible, but tell me: have you ever been lost in an alleyway in a huge city, and suddenly you’re attacked and knifed in the gut by a drooling, bloody leper?

  6. yo daddy  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Here, I am doing an impersonation of a metal fan on a music posting board:
    “Fag, Gay, Homo, White sucks, Slayer, everything sucks except for what I listen to, sellout, 1985, drop C, progressive, free music downloads, underground”. That about sums up everything these tools have to say.

  7. f.leghorn  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    Here, I am doing an impersonation of everybody on the Stereogum board….
    ‘Douchebag, phony hipster, Brooklyn, Radiohead, Weezer, everything sucks except what I listen to, 1994, Sonic Youth sellout because they have a greatest hits at a Starbucks, sad sack acoustic crybaby bullshit rules, angular, music downloads, hype sucks, I think Thom Yorke would look good in a tanktop and shorts, if you don’t like what the indie sheep like you suck..’ That about sums up everything these tools have to say. (maybe not the Thom Yorke in shorts thing).

    • Filthy McNasty  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

      Also – “I just threw up a little in my mouth; I just died a little bit inside; ironic; meta___ “

  8. death moronic  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    “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…”

    lad sounds a wee bit confused about it himself, doesn’t he?

  9. BT  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    I am laughing out loud at the Evil Urges comment. Classic!

  10. brendan  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2008 0

    catastrophic hydraulics failure at 30,000 ft.

    asap.

  11. huh?  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    coffin butt-
    rumor has it the album rocks-
    Kirk- fix this cover- quick.

  12. diego  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    “It started out as kind of a tribute to people that have fallen in our business, like Layne Staley…”

    Or, y’know, maybe like…. Cliff Burton?

  13. platypotamus  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    Coffin box? that’s really original. Misfits did that with their box set about 12 years ago.

  14. basin  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    “An special “coffin box” of the album will come with demos…”

    Shouldn’t that be “A special coffin Box edition of the album…” instead of “An special coffin Box of the album”?

  15. basin  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    “An special “coffin box” of the album will come with demos…”

    Shouldn’t that be “A special coffin Box edition of the album…” instead of “An special coffin Box of the album”?

  16. olol  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    hay gaise wats going on heare?

  17. I hope Megatallica goes on tour with Metaldeth. \m/

  18. anti-metal indie blowhard  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2008 0

    you people are all so jaded, cynical and self-righteous its pathetic. if you haven’t heard the fucking album yet then get off your high horse and wait before damning it all to hell.

  19. SATAN'S TALKING BASS  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2008 0

    ridiculous fucking album cover.

  20. chuckles  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2008 0

    you fuckers, the coffins supposed to be a magnet, do you fucking get it now? tell me why you assholes get on here and bad mouth bands, get a fucking life, dickwads!

  21. Randyvine  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    LEAVE METALLICA ALONE! ! ! UGLH! THEIR HUMANS! ! ! ! !

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