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Metallica - Beyond Magnetic EP (Review)

Metallica, Beyond Magnetic

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

ANYONE anticipating small returns off Metallica’s new EP, Beyond Magnetic, had best think again, as this is an epic release in every sense.

Previously only available on iTunes, the EP features four previously unreleased songs, which were originally a gift to Metallica’s Metallica Club members to enjoy immediately after the band played them at their fan club shows in December 2011.

The band explained: “We’ve been feeling all the love and positive vibes beyond our wildest expectations on the mp3 side, so we decided to go “old school” (!!) and also release those four songs on a CD!”

They continued: “During the Death Magnetic album sessions in 2007 and 2008, we originally recorded 14 songs. When it came time to pick the songs for the final album, we decided on 10 songs that you’ve all come to know over the last three years.

“Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on Mission Metallica or heard rumours about them during the recording process, and wondered, ‘what ever happened to those other four songs?’.

“Well, we kept them in the vault and decided to pull them just for this special celebration, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions.

“They are ROUGH mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March ’08. These four songs were released as gift to our closest fans, the members of our Fan Club, to enjoy. Now they’re being made available to you.”

As such, they are for the die-hards only. And they’re gigantic. Opening track Hate Train clocks in at a little over eight minutes and is wall to wall with gigantic guitar riffs, impassioned vocals, provocative lyrics and an instantly recognisable Metallica vibe.

But the real killer is Just A Bullet Away, an angry, consistently volatile offering that includes some of the best guitar solos on the EP. It’s epic in every sense and one that’s sure to go down as a long-held classic among fans, perhaps even prompting the question of why it hasn’t seen the light of day until now.

Needless to say, of course, the EP is strictly for the metallers and hard rocks fans among you. Everyone else need not apply.

Download pick: Just A Bullet Away

Track listing:

  1. Hate Train
  2. Just A Bullet Away
  3. Hell And Back
  4. Rebel of Babylon