Metallica – Beyond Magnetic (2011/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 29:10 minutes | 365 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Metallica.com | Front Cover | © Metallica / Blackened Recordings
“Beyond Magnetic” is a 2011 EP by Metallica. It was released to coincide with the band’s 30th anniversary shows, in which they released a new song for all four days of the shows. It was originally released as a digital download only on iTunes on December 13, 2011. All four songs featured on Beyond Magnetic were all recorded for the group’s “Death Magnetic” sessions but had not been released. “Beyond Magnetic” was released on CD on January 30, 2012, internationally, and on the following day in the United States. As of 2013, Beyond Magnetic sold over 162,000 copies in the U.S.
Following Death Magnetic by three years and Metallica’s Lou Reed collaboration Lulu by a matter of weeks, the Beyond Magnetic EP offers the four completed songs from the 2008 sessions for Death Magnetic, presented in rough mixes that nevertheless sound fairly finished. Like the 2008 LP, this EP – released digitally in December 2011 with a physical edition appearing early in the new year – hearkens back to the Metallica of the ’80s, emphasizing ever-shifting suites of thrash instead of the heavy mock-boogie of the ’90s or the piecemeal floundering of St. Anger, and it doesn’t feel like a revival as much as a return, an acknowledgment of the band’s core strengths. While the breakneck bookends “Hate Train” and “Rebel of Babylon” command the most attention, any one of these cuts could have fit seamlessly on Death Magnetic without diluting its impact. Taken as its own entity, Beyond Magnetic is a potent shot of old-fashioned thrash.
01 – Hate Train
02 – Just A Bullet Away
03 – Hell And Back
04 – Rebel Of Babylon