Metallica

Given that the ill-fated Lou Reed collab Lulu was, by some order of magnitude, 2011′s most hated album, this is a pretty good moment for Metallica to remind the world that they are motherfucking Metallica. “Hate Train,” an outtake from the 2008 album Death Magnetic that the band recently sent to fans, is a pretty good start. The seven-minute rager has Death Magnetic’s dog-awful brickwalled mastering job, but it still steamrolls everything around it. Listen below.


(via Blabbermouth)

Remember when Hetfield had that muttonchop mustache thing? Good times.

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  1. I wonder if I can take Metallica’s Hate Train to Mark Lanegan’s Blues Funeral.

  2. This song is pretty excellent for latter day Metallica. I find it baffling that a band, 30 years into its career, still have poorly mastered albums coming out. It was weird when this happened with “…And Justice For All” (the album was mastered poorly and it is difficult to hear Newsted’s bass in half the songs), but these guys are far from amateurs at this point.

  3. we all hate train, guys.

  4. Like almost all modern Metallica, the song is twice as long as it should be. Mostly because modern Metallica songs are essentially a 4 minute song played twice though.
    The main riff is lifted from Fuel, which is probably why it wasn’t originally released.
    Sadly, Metallica playing swiftly no longer gives muscle by default. They did all of this so much better 20+ years ago.

  5. Like almost all modern Metallica, the song is twice as long as it should be. Mostly because modern Metallica songs are essentially a 4 minute song played twice though.
    The main riff is lifted from Fuel, which is probably why it wasn’t originally released.
    Sadly, Metallica playing swiftly no longer gives muscle by default. They did all of this so much better 20+ years ago.

  6. Like almost all modern Metallica, the song is twice as long as it should be. Mostly because modern Metallica songs are essentially a 4 minute song played twice though.
    The main riff is lifted from Fuel, which is probably why it wasn’t originally released.
    Sadly, Metallica playing swiftly no longer gives muscle by default. They did all of this so much better 20+ years ago.

  7. ALL ABOARD!!!

  8. This song…..Fucking rules

  9. “Quick quick, release something else before realize how bad Lulu is!”

    Too little, too late.

  10. Hetfield obviously catches the same train to work as me – the 8:13 to Central. Always late and always packed, I hate that fucking train too. That being said, I didn’t write a 7 minute song about it, I just wrote “EET FUK” on the feedback form on the rail website – much easier.

  11. Two things:

    1) How did this song not make the album? I never actually bothered to listen to “Death Magnetic” so I’m sure there’s a possibility that “Hate Train” is simply inferior to the rest of the material, but color me skeptical.

    2) Lars’s haircut, and only Lars’s haircut, forever

    • Actually this is about on par with the rest of Death Magnetic. It really is an excellent album.

      • I’m not a very good barometer because I don’t tend to listen to this type of music, but I kind of enjoyed it minus the mixing issues. Really wish they would do something about that sooner than later.

        • This may be horribly obvious (apologies if it is), but the embed really kills the audio quality. If you watch it on the youtube page the sound is a lot better.

          • You’re right, it’s a little better on the Youtube page but those drums still sound terrible. That snare. THAT SNARE. It almost sounds like it’s broken. Like when the clamp for the snares doesn’t clamp down hard anymore.

  12. Metallica have not done anything decent since 1989.

  13. I listen to the Demo Magnetic.
    Same great songs, without the crappy mixing.
    Only problem is the lyrics….

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