Death Magnetic

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Metallica's ninth studio album)
Jump to: navigation, search
Death Magnetic
A magnetic field around a coffin-shaped structure. Over it is the text "Metallica - Death Magnetic".
Studio album by Metallica
Released September 12, 2008
Recorded April 2007 – May 22, 2008 at Sound City Studios, Los Angeles
June 2008 at Shangri La Studios, Malibu, Metallica's HQ, San Rafael
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal
Length 74:42
Label Warner Bros., Vertigo
Producer Rick Rubin
Metallica chronology
St. Anger
(2003)
Death Magnetic
(2008)
Lulu
(2011)
Singles from Death Magnetic
  1. "The Day That Never Comes"
    Released: August 21, 2008[1]
  2. "My Apocalypse"
    Released: August 26, 2008
  3. "Cyanide"
    Released: September 2, 2008
  4. "The Judas Kiss"
    Released: September 8, 2008
  5. "All Nightmare Long"
    Released: December 15, 2008[2]
  6. "Broken, Beat & Scarred"
    Released: April 3, 2009[3]

Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008 through Warner Bros. Records. It was the band's first album to be produced by Rick Rubin, making this their first album since 1988's ...And Justice For All not to be produced by Bob Rock. The album received mostly positive reviews upon release, with critics describing it as a return to the musical style of their early albums. Death Magnetic is the band's first album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo.

Musically, Death Magnetic is a radical departure from Metallica's previous album, St. Anger, which featured simple instrumentation, stripped-down production, and an absence of guitar solos. This album, on the other hand, features more complex musical compositions and long, technical guitar solos from both Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, marking a return to the band's thrash metal roots.[4] It was also the band's first album released through Warner Bros. Records, although they still remain with Warner Music Group, which also owns their previous label, Elektra Records. Outside of North America, they are distributed through Universal Music Group as they remain signed to Vertigo Records in the UK. The album is also Metallica's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200, making them the first band ever to do so.[5][6][7]

Production[edit]

Writing process[edit]

If you're in the studio, everybody presumes you're recording or making a record. Last time there was no real separation between the writing process and the recording process. With St. Anger nobody brought in any pre-recorded stuff or ideas; it was just make it up on the spot, be in the moment. So this time we are doing exactly what we did on all the other albums;— first we're writing, then we're recording. The only difference is that we're writing where we record. So we're writing here at HQ because this is our home, we're writing in the studio.

— Lars Ulrich, on the new album[8]

Early in 2004, James Hetfield revealed that Metallica had been playing new material during studio sessions, but that there was no mention of plans for a ninth studio album at that time.[9] Select music from the jam sessions may be used on the album, as Lars Ulrich stated, "I definitely look forward to sifting through some of that stuff when we get back to the studio in January."[10] On that note, by October 2004, the band had already compiled nearly 50 hours of pre-set jamming, with hundreds of riffs, chord progressions and bass lines.[11] On September 30, 2004, Launch Radio revealed from an interview with Hetfield that the band hoped to return to the studio in spring of 2005 to begin recording their ninth studio album for Warner Bros. Records.[12]

On March 10, 2006, it was reported that Metallica was planning to use the following six months to write material for the album, in addition to the previous two months they had already been spending writing music.[13] Ulrich also stated that the band was getting along much better in the studio than they did during the recording of St. Anger.[14] On April 6, he revealed that the band had composed "six to seven" songs (except for vocals) from their findings off the riff tapes recording during pre-sets of the Madly in Anger with the World Tour.[15] He also said that by this point, the band's new material was reminiscent of "old school" Metallica works, and that it certainly did not feel like a St. Anger "part two".

On May 20, 2006, Kirk Hammett revealed that the band had fifteen songs written and were writing on average two to three songs per week. Hetfield also praised producer Rick Rubin for his production style in giving the band their own freedom and keeping the pressure at a minimum, despite the sessions becoming sometimes briefly unfocused.[16] On May 27, Metallica updated their website with a video featuring information regarding the album.[17]

Recording process[edit]

Three studios were used to produce the album, those being Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California, and HQ in San Rafael, California. On January 1, 2007, Ulrich stated in an interview with Revolver that the band would be conceiving the album much like they did their albums prior to working with ex-producer Bob Rock; they would sit down, write a select amount of songs, then enter the studio to record them. He also quoted Rubin by saying "Rubin didn't want them to start the recording process until every song that they were going to record was as close to 100 percent as possible."[18]

On March 5, Ulrich revealed that the band had narrowed a potential 25 songs down to fourteen, and that they would begin recording those fourteen on the following week. He also expanded on Rubin's style of production, saying,[19]

Rick's big thing is to kind of have all these songs completely embedded in our bodies and basically next Monday, on D-Day, just go in and execute them. So you leave the creative element of the process out of the recording, so you go in and basically just record a bunch of songs that you know inside out and upside down, and you don't have to spend too much of your energy in the recording studio creating and thinking and analyzing and doing all that stuff. His whole analogy is, the recording process becomes more like a gig — just going in and playing and leaving all the thinking at the door.

On March 14, the band's official website issued a statement: "Metallica left the comfort of HQ this week to descend upon the greater Los Angeles area to begin recording their ninth original album. This is the first time they've recorded outside of the Bay Area since they spent time at One-on-One Studios recording their self titled album in 1990 and '91."[20] This was confirmed on July 24, 2008 on Mission: Metallica, as a video surfaced showing the crew moving into Sound City Studios of Nirvana fame.[21]

On June 4, Robert Trujillo revealed that only select portions of the two new songs debuted in Berlin and Tokyo respectively would be featured on the album.[22] The band hoped to have the album finished by October or November, when the album would be mixed.[23] He predicted the album would be out in February 2008, and revealed that the songs they were working with were quite long.

On February 2, 2008, Sterlingsound.com revealed that Ted Jensen from Sterling Sound Studios would be mastering the new record. According to Blabbermouth.net and other sources, Greg Fidelman, who had served as a sound engineer, had also been tapped to mix the album.[24]

Ulrich confirmed on May 15, 2008 that Metallica recorded eleven songs for Death Magnetic, although only ten would appear on the album due to the constraints of the physical medium.[25] The eleventh song, titled "Shine" (which was later retitled "Just a Bullet Away"), was a song Hetfield "based around a Layne Staley type, a rock & roll martyr magnetized by death."[26]

Unreleased tracks[edit]

See also: Beyond Magnetic

A number of unreleased songs from Death Magnetic, including the above mentioned "Rebel of Babylon", but also "Hell and Back" and "Hate Train", were left off the album, but were rumored to be released as b-sides or on the next album. The titles were confirmed by Hammett and Ulrich on the MetOnTour video from December 20, 2008.[27] On December 5, 7, 9 and 10, 2011, the band played four new songs, "Hate Train", "Just a Bullet Away", "Hell and Back" and "Rebel of Babylon", at the band's 30th Anniversary concerts. The day after each concert, MetClub members were sent an e-mail with a code for a free download of a rough mix of the song played at the show.[28][29][30] The songs were released officially on the Beyond Magnetic EP, released on December 13, 2011.[31] Two other songs recorded during Death Magnetic, based on "The New Song" (performed in 2006) and "The Other New Song" (performed in 2006 and 2007), have not been released.

Album title[edit]

Hammett also played a role in the inspiration of the title, when he brought a photograph of deceased Alice in Chains member Layne Staley to the studio where Metallica was recording. "That picture was there for a long time," said Hammett, "I think it pervaded James' psyche."[26] Wondering why someone with Staley's talent would choose to use drugs so heavily and die so young, Hetfield started writing a song based on his questions (the song "Rebel of Babylon").[26]

On July 16, 2008, Hetfield commented on the album's title:

Death Magnetic, at least the title, to me 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, and other people are afraid of it and push. Also 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.[32]

The title is referenced in the track "My Apocalypse". According to Hammett, another title considered for the album was Songs of Suicide and Forgiveness.[26]

Release[edit]

Hammett performing live in 2007

In January 2008, a statement was made by Stereo Warning that the album would be delayed until September 2008,[33] but was quickly denied by Metallica's management since an album without a defined release date can not be "delayed".[citation needed] The album, which was completed on August 10, 2008,[34] was released on September 12 in the United States and issued in a variety of different packages.

On September 2, a French record store began selling copies of Death Magnetic, nearly two weeks ahead of its scheduled worldwide release date,[35] which resulted in the album being made prematurely available on peer-to-peer clients.[citation needed] This prompted the band's UK distributor, Vertigo Records, to officially release the album two days ahead of schedule, on September 12.[5] Ulrich, who was questioned about the leak on a San Francisco radio station, responded,[36]

We're ten days from release. I mean, from here, we're golden. If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. Happy days. Trust me. Ten days out and it hasn't fallen off the truck yet? Everybody's happy. It's 2008 and it's part of how it is these days, so it's fine. We're happy.

He later told USA Today,[37]

By 2008 standards, that's a victory. If you'd told me six months ago that our record wouldn't leak until 10 days out, I would have signed up for that. We made a great record, and people seem to be getting off on it way more than anyone expected.

On the day of the release FMQB radio broadcast The World Premiere of Death Magnetic, which was heard on more than 175 stations across the US and Canada. The live program from Metallica HQ featured all four members of Metallica talking with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins. Originally scheduled for a 90 minute broadcast, the show ended after two hours.[38]

Promotion[edit]

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield performing in London in 2008

During their Escape from the Studio '06 tour, Metallica debuted two songs.[39] "The New Song" debuted on the European leg in Berlin, Germany on June 6, 2006.[40] The song, as performed, is approximately eight minutes long.[40] The title was rumored to be "Death Is Not the End"[citation needed] as Hetfield repeatedly sings the line throughout the song.[39] This song would appear again in multiple Fly on the Wall videos on the Mission: Metallica website, showing the band partway through the song's recording, as noted by the slower tempo and lack of lyrics.[citation needed] "The Other New Song", (which was later named "Vulturous") debuted on August 12, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan, and is much shorter, taking just below four minutes to perform.[41] To the surprise of fans, Metallica played "The Other New Song" once again on June 29, 2007 in Bilbao, Spain.[42] Although neither of the "New Songs" appear on the album themselves, "The End of the Line" and "All Nightmare Long" both contain elements of "The New Song".

On August 9, 2008, Metallica debuted the first album track, "Cyanide", at Ozzfest, in Dallas, Texas and was performed again on August 20, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland.[43] On August 22, at the Leeds Festival, they debuted the first single, "The Day That Never Comes".[44]

On July 31, 2009 it was announced on Metallica.com that the band felt that the song "My Apocalypse" was in need of an introduction when played live to "set the mood". The statement on Metallica.com reads, "We've been enjoying playing 'My Apocalypse' out here on the road but felt like it could use something extra. We decided that it needed a cool intro to set the mood so James wrote one. Check out and enjoy this free download... and make sure you learn it for singing along at a future show!" The approximately minute-long introduction is available as a free MP3 download. The song had originally been debuted live on March 25, 2009, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, UK.[45]

Guitar Hero[edit]

Alongside the release of the album, it was released as downloadable content (DLC) for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.[46][47] This content would later be optimized for external use in Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero: Metallica (although "All Nightmare Long" was included on the in-game setlist), Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero, and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.[46][47]

The Guitar Hero DLC had two versions of the instrumental track "Suicide & Redemption." The versions differed by the guitar solo performed in the song: one version had a solo performed by Hetfield, the other a solo by Hammett. The tracks were titled according to the solo they contained, with the Hetfield version named "Suicide & Redemption J.H." and the Hammett version named "Suicide & Redemption K.H."[46][47]

Due to technical restrictions, the Wii version of Guitar Hero: World Tour only could hold the three shortest songs of the eleven: "Broken, Beat & Scarred", "Cyanide" and "My Apocalypse".[48] These songs also appear on the Wii and PS2 versions of Guitar Hero: Metallica as bonus songs instead of DLC.[48] The eight remaining tracks (including both versions of "Suicide & Redemption") were released on November 24, 2009 as DLC for Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero for Wii.[49][50]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[51]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[52]
Blender 4/5 stars[51]
Consequence of Sound 4.5/5 stars[53]
Entertainment Weekly B+[54]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[55]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[56]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[57]
New Musical Express 8/10[58]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[59]
Uncut 4/5 stars[60]

"But if you ignore the lyrics, Death Magnetic sounds more like it's about coming back to life. Everything comes together on the fan-favorite-to-be "Broken, Beat and Scarred," which manages to channel the full force of Metallica behind a positive message: "What don't kill ya make ya more strong," Hetfield sings, with enough power to make the cliché feel fresh. The aphorism he paraphrases happens to come from Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols, which is subtitled How to Philosophize With a Hammer. Metallica's philosophizing may get shaky — but long may that hammer strike."

— Review by Rolling Stone, 2008[59]

In a 2007 interview with Rolling Stone, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum described his impressions of the unfinished songs:[61]

Lars is a good friend of mine. He played me the demos from San Francisco, and I turned and looked at him and I said, 'Master that shit and put it out.' It's ridiculous. The demos were sick. Eight-minute songs, all these tempo changes, crazy fast. It's like, 'Dude, don't get slower when you get older, but don't get faster!? How are you gonna play this live?' And then me and Lars were out partying all night, and he had to go in the studio the next day and do this stupid like nine- or ten-minute song, and I was laughing at him — because he played me the demo of it, and it was [sings really fast drum part], so fast. I called him, and said, 'Dude, how are you feeling?' He was like, 'Dude, I'm hurting.' They're cutting everything to tape, no fuckin' Pro Tools — live, no clicks.

The album's first single, "The Day That Never Comes", was described by BBC Music's Chris Jones as the closest thing to a ballad,[62] and is said to be reminiscent of their 1990 Grammy-winning epic breakthrough single "One";[citation needed] Rock Sound has also compared it to the likes of Thin Lizzy.[63] The band has abandoned the solo-free approach that they followed on St. Anger, returning to complex, multi-layered arrangements such as those typically found on the band's fourth album ...And Justice for All.[64]

Death Magnetic has been praised by fans as well as critics as a comeback for Metallica after the widely panned St. Anger. Thrash Hits was one of the first websites, along with The Quietus to comment on Death Magnetic, claiming "it is a vast improvement on 2003 album St Anger." Metal Hammer noted Death Magnetic's "sharp riffs" and "uncharacteristic bouncing grooves," and favorably compares the band's sound on the album to bands like Slayer, Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine.[65] Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has praised the album, saying "Death Magnetic is hands down the best Metallica album in 20 years. This is the CD I've been waiting for them to make since …And Justice for All. And thumbs up to them for doing the first real Metallica instrumental in 20 years since 'To Live Is to Die'. Welcome back, boys."[66]

While Metallica was on the first leg of their 2008 tour in Europe, a third party at their management Q Prime demanded that media impressions and blogs commenting on the album be taken down from their website for reasons that were not explained to the band. However, when the band learned of this, they were upset and Ulrich re-posted many of the links along with other reactions to the new album, along with an apology to those whose links had been removed from Metallica's website.[67]

Reviews for the album have been mostly positive. Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four out of five stars, stating that the album is like "hearing Metallica sound like Metallica again".[52] Other positive reviews come from publications like The Guardian, who say that the album is "the strongest material the band have written in 20 years", and Uncut, declaring that "like all the best heavy rock albums, it suspends your disbelief, demands your attention and connects directly with your inner adolescent." BBC Music's Chris Jones felt that Hetfield's lyrics had become "the channel of his post-therapy angst". He further qualified Hetfiled & Hammett's performance as "irresistible maelstrom of guitars".[62] The Observer stated "...it's a joy to have these gnarled veterans back to reinforce the sheer visceral thrill of timeless heavy metal".[68]

On September 15, 2008, after a reviewer for Swedish daily Sydsvenskan admitted that he preferred a shortened mix of Death Magnetic to the official release,[69] a scheduled interview was duly cancelled by Universal Music Sweden. Its president, Per Sundin said:[70]

The reviewer is referring to a BitTorrent where someone has altered the original songs. The reviewer explains exactly where one should go in order to download the file that totally infringes on a copyright. It's not only an illegal file, but an altered file. The reviewer also writes that this is how the album should have sounded. File-sharing of music is illegal. Period. There's nothing to discuss. That fact – that Sydsvenskan has a writer that has downloaded this music illegally and then makes mention of an illegal site in his review – is totally unacceptable to us.

Criticism regarding production[edit]

As this waveform shows, the CD version of Death Magnetic (top) is far more compressed (less dynamic) than the Guitar Hero downloadable release (bottom).

The album has been criticized for having compromised sound quality, due to an overly compressed dynamic range, during a process called peak limiting leading to audible distortion.[71] Sean Michaels of The Guardian explains that "the sound issues are a result of the 'loudness war' – an ongoing industry effort to make recordings as loud as possible".[72] A Rolling Stone article states that Rubin was "overseeing mixes in Los Angeles while the band is in Europe, headlining shows" and only communicated with him by conference calls.[73] Fans have noted that these sonic problems are not present in the Guitar Hero version of the album, where the tracks are presented separately because of the game mechanics and the tracks were sent to the game publishers before the process was made.[74][75] MusicRadar and Rolling Stone attribute a quote to the album's mastering engineer Ted Jensen in which he claims that "mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived" for mastering[76][77] and cite a petition from fans to remix or remaster the album.

Metallica and Rubin initially declined to comment on the issue, while the band's co-manager Cliff Burnstein stated that complainers were in a minority and that response to the album had otherwise been "overwhelmingly positive".[78] Ulrich later confirmed in an interview with Blender, that some creative control regarding the album's production had indeed been transferred to Rubin but also stressed his satisfaction with the final product.[79][80]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Death Magnetic and its songs were nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning "Best Recording Package" and "Best Metal Performance" for "My Apocalypse" at the 51st Grammy Awards on February 8, 2009, on which Rick Rubin also received the award as "Producer of the Year, Non-Classical". The album was also nominated for Best Rock Album and "Suicide & Redemption" for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 51st Grammys, and "The Unforgiven III" was up for Best Hard Rock Performance the following year. Death Magnetic was awarded "Best Album" in the Kerrang! Awards 2009.

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Q UK 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #25[81]
Uncut UK 50 Best Albums of 2008 2008 #44
TIME U.S. Top 10 Albums of 2008 2008 #3[82]
Revolver U.S. The 20 Best Albums of 2008 2008 #1[83]
Rolling Stone U.S. Best Albums of 2008 2008 #9[84]
Metal Edge U.S. 50 Best Albums of 2008 2008 #2
Metal Hammer UK Critics' 50 Top Albums of 2008 2008 #1
Kerrang! UK Album of the Year 2008 2008 #1
Metal Maniacs U.S. 20 Metal Albums of 2008 2008 #20

Chart performance[edit]

Death Magnetic debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 490,000 copies in just three days of availability.[85] It is the band's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at #1, making Metallica the first band to have five consecutive studio album releases to do so. The album marked the highest first week sales for the group since 1996's Load.[7][86]

According to Billboard Magazine, in the September 27, 2008 issue, Death Magnetic landed at #1 on the following ten charts: Billboard Top 200, Billboard Comprehensive Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums, Top Digital Albums, Top Internet Albums, Top European Albums, Tastemakers, and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks ("The Day That Never Comes").[87] The album stayed at #1 for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, and spent 50 consecutive weeks on said chart.[88] Internationally, it peaked at #1 in 34 countries, including Ireland, the UK, Canada and Australia.[89]

According to The Rock (a New Zealand radio station) the album became platinum on the first day of its release in New Zealand.[citation needed] In addition, nearly 60,000 copies were sold digitally, making it debut at #1 on the Digital Album chart.[90] The album debuted at #1 on the UK albums chart after just three days of availability, selling 75,164 copies. It remained at #1 for two weeks and has sold over 150,000 copies to date.[91] In Canada, Death Magnetic debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[92] It sold 81,000 copies in its first week, making it the second best-selling debut album of 2008 in Canada.[93] It remained the #1 album for four consecutive weeks.[94] The album was certified 4x platinum in Canada in October 2009.[95]

In Australia, Death Magnetic was the fastest selling album of 2008, selling 55,877 copies in its first full week of release.[96] Death Magnetic was Australia's highest-selling record in one week since Australian Idol winner Damien Leith's The Winner's Journey, in December 2006.[97] The same success was repeated in Germany, where Death Magnetic has become the fastest selling album of 2008. Within the first three days of the album's release, Death Magnetic sold over 100,000 copies and has been certified platinum.[98] According to reports, Death Magnetic is outselling competitors in Russia and Turkey, two countries which do not have an official album chart.[99]

In Finland, during the second week of January 2009, Death Magnetic jumped eighteen spots back up to #1 on that country's album charts within one week.[100] As of August 2013 the album has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Death Magnetic was certified 2x platinum (two million units sold) by the RIAA on June 28, 2010.[101]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by James Hetfield, all music composed by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo.

No. Title Length
1. "That Was Just Your Life"   7:08
2. "The End of the Line"   7:52
3. "Broken, Beat & Scarred"   6:25
4. "The Day That Never Comes"   7:56
5. "All Nightmare Long"   7:58
6. "Cyanide"   6:39
7. "The Unforgiven III"   7:46
8. "The Judas Kiss"   8:00
9. "Suicide & Redemption" (Instrumental) 9:57
10. "My Apocalypse"   5:01
Total length:
74:42

Formats[edit]

Mission: Metallica[edit]

  • Experience 2
Digital download of Death Magnetic at 320 kbit/s, ringtones, two live shows, additional two hours of exclusive "making of" footage, 250 photos. Also includes exclusive Mission: Metallica footage of the writing and recording of Death Magnetic, as well as riffs and excerpts from it, exclusive photos and live tracks.
  • Experience 3
A physical copy of Death Magnetic CD.
  • Experience 4
A box set of Death Magnetic on five 180 gram vinyl LP albums, with five individual sleeves and a Mission: Metallica lithograph. Also includes the same extras as Experience 2 and 3. This set was limited to 5,000 copies. Also released as a limited edition of 50 copies in white vinyl.[102]
  • The Box Magnetic
A collector's edition white coffin-shaped box which includes a Death Magnetic CD in a special carton box, an additional CD with 10 demos of the songs from the album entitled "Demo Magnetic",[103] a DVD of additional "making of" footage not seen on Mission: Metallica, an exclusive t-shirt with the Death Magnetic logo, a flag, guitar picks, a back stage pass, a fold out coffin-shaped poster with the members of Metallica,[103] and a collector's credit card with a code for a free download of a performance in Europe in September.[104][105] This set was limited to 2,000 copies.[102]

Personnel[edit]

Metallica
Additional musicians
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[135] Platinum 40,000x
Australia (ARIA)[136] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[137] Platinum 30,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[138] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[139] 4× Platinum 320,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[140] 2× Platinum 60,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[141] 3× Platinum 79,415[142]
France (SNEP)[143] Gold 75,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[144] Platinum 15,000x
Germany (BVMI)[145] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[146] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[147] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[148] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[149] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[150] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[151] Platinum 20,000x
Sweden (GLF)[152] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[153] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[154] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[155] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Turkey (Mü-YAP)[156] Gold 50,000*
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[157] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
United Kingdom[5] September 12, 2008 Vertigo Records Compact Disc, digipak, deluxe carton box, 2LP (33 rpm), 5LP box (45 rpm 180-gram vinyl) 1773726
Mexico Universal Music Compact Disc, Super Jewel Case
Austria[158] September 12, 2008 Compact Disc
Colombia[159] Vertigo Records Compact Disc 602517840201
Finland[160] Universal Music Compact Disc, digipak, deluxe carton box
Germany[158] Compact Disc
Japan[161][162] Compact Disc, deluxe carton box UICR-1077
United States[158][163] Warner Bros. Records Compact Disc, deluxe carton box, 2LP (33 rpm), 5LP box (45 rpm 180-gram vinyl) 508732-2
Canada Warner Music Compact Disc, digipak 2-508732
Poland[103] Universal Music Compact Disc, deluxe carton box
Portugal[103] Compact Disc, deluxe carton box 00602517737280
Switzerland[158] Compact Disc, deluxe carton box
Europe Compact Disc, Coffin Box Set, Deluxe CD Carton Case 00602517737280
India Compact Disc, digipak, coffin box set 602517737266
Australia[164] September 13, 2008 Compact Disc, limited edition die-cut deluxe digipak 00602517737280

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Day That Never Comes". Release date. Metallica.com. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "All Nightmare Long". Release date. Metallica.com. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Broken, Beat, & Scarred". Release date. Metallica.com. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Edmondson, Jacqueline (2013). Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 708. ISBN 0-313-39348-6. 
  5. ^ a b c "HMV spokesman claims Metallica's label allowed retailers to sell 'Death Magnetic' early". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2006-02-20). "Rick Rubin producing new Metallica album". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  7. ^ a b Hasty, Katie (2008-09-17). "Metallica Scores Fifth Straight No. 1 Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  8. ^ Blabbermouth.net "Metallica's Ulrich: 'We're Actually Not Recording Right Now'". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Metallica's Hetfield Talks About Dave Mustaine, Exodus and Follow-up to 'St. Anger'". Blabbermouth.net. 2004-01-16. Retrieved 2004-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Metallica's Ulrich Is Looking Forward to Returning to the Studio in January". Blabbermouth.net. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Metallica Bassist Says There Are More Than 50 Recorded Hours of New Music to Sift Through". Blabbermouth.net. 2004-10-15. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  12. ^ Blabbermouth.net "Metallica Frontman Wishes 'St. Anger' Songs Were Shorter". Blabbermouth.net. 2004-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  13. ^ "Metallica to Spend Six Months Writing Before Commencing Recording Process". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  14. ^ "Lars Ulrich: No Therapist Needed on New Metallica Album". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  15. ^ "Metallica Continue Work on New Album, Attend Queen Show in California". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-04-16. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  16. ^ "Metallica's Hammett: 'We Have Fifteen Songs' Written for Next Album". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  17. ^ Collins, Sam. "Metallica Update". Iomusic News. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  18. ^ "Metallica's Lars Ulrich on New Songs: 'We're Trying to Be As Self-Critical As Possible'". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  19. ^ "Metallica to Record 14 New Songs Starting Next Week; 2008 Release Expected". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  20. ^ "...And Recording for All". News Headline. Metallica.com. 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  21. ^ "Fly on the Wall Video". Mission: Metallica. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  22. ^ "Metallica Bassist Trujillo: New Album Is Dynamic, Heavy and Groovin'". News. Blabbermouth. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  23. ^ "Metallica's Lars Ulrich: New Album to Arrive Next Spring". News. Blabbermouth. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  24. ^ "Metallica's New Album to Be Mixed by Greg Fidelman". News. Blabbermouth. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  25. ^ Goodman, William (2008-05-15). "Breaking News: Metallica Tells All About New Album". News. Spin Magazine Online. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  26. ^ a b c d Metallica: Metal Machines (Louder Faster Stronger). Rolling Stone. October 2008. pp. 58–67. 
  27. ^ "MetOnTour Video 20th December Confirming The Titles Of The Unreleased Songs". Metontour.com. 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  28. ^ Bosso, Joe. "Listen: Metallica's previously unreleased song, Hate Train". Music Radar. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  29. ^ "METALLICA: Another Previously Unreleased Song From 'Death Magnetic' Sessions Available". BlabberMouth. 
  30. ^ "METALLICA: Another Previously Unreleased Song From 'Death Magnetic' Sessions Available - Dec. 11, 2011". Blebbermouth.net. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  31. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (December 13, 2011). "Metallica Release ‘Beyond Magnetic’ EP". Loudwire. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Hetfield: Trujillo Has Written More on New Metallica Album Than Newsted Had in 14 Years". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  33. ^ Posted by lusson on January 21, 2008 09:05 PM (2008-01-21). "Metallica album delayed again until September". Stereo Warning. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  34. ^ "Metallica.com". Metallica.com. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  35. ^ "METALLICA's 'Death Magnetic' Sold Two Weeks Early At French Record Store?". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  36. ^ "Metallica Album Leak...". Kerrang!. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  37. ^ "Ulrich on 'Death Magnetic' Leak 10 Days Before Release: 'By 2008 Standards, That's a Victory'". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  38. ^ "Metallica Live Broadcast Sets Record". FMQB. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  39. ^ a b Blabbermouth.net. METALLICA Debut New Song At Berlin Concert, reported by Blabbermouth.net June 6, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2007.
  40. ^ a b "Metallica Debut New Song In Berlin | News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  41. ^ "Metallica Perform Another New Song | News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  42. ^ "Bilboa Setlist from official LiveMetallica website". LiveMetallica.com. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  43. ^ "Download Metallica August 20, 2008, Marlay Park, Dublin, IRL MP3 FLAC". LiveMetallica.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  44. ^ 'METALLICA's ULRICH, HAMMETT Talk About 'The Judas Kiss'; Video Available, reported by Blabbermouth.net September 11, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008.
  45. ^ "My Apocalypse - New Intro!". metallica.com. Metallica. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  46. ^ a b c "Metallica "Death Magnetic" Full Album". xbox.com. Microsoft. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  47. ^ a b c Ransom-Wiley, James (2008-09-08). "Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' album for Guitar Hero 3 this Friday, forward compatible with World Tour". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  48. ^ a b Faylor, Chris (2009-01-23). "Full Guitar Hero: Metallica Tracklist Revealed". Shacknews. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  49. ^ "Remaining Death Magnetic Tracks Coming to Wii". metallica.com. Metallica. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  50. ^ Quillen, Dustin (2009-10-30). "November Guitar Hero 5 DLC Revealed". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  51. ^ a b "Death Magnetic - Metallica". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  52. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (2008-09-12). "Death Magnetic - Metallica". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  53. ^ Ziegler, Jay (September 5, 2008). "Album Review: Metallica – Death Magnetic". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  54. ^ Willman, Chris (Sep 16, 2008). "Music Review Death Magnetic (2008)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  55. ^ Thomson, Jamie (September 12, 2008). "Rock review: Metallica, Death Magnetic". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  56. ^ Powers, Ann (September 12, 2008). "Review: Metallica's 'Death Magnetic'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  57. ^ Ahmad, Jamil (September 12, 2008). "Metallica – Death Magnetic". musicOMH. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  58. ^ Patashnik, Ben (September 11, 2008). "Metallica - Death Magnetic". NME. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  59. ^ a b Hiatt, Brian (September 18, 2008). "Metallica: Death Magnetic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  60. ^ Dalton, Stephen. "Metallica - Death Magnetic". Uncut. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  61. ^ Hiatt, Brian (2007-07-25). "Metallica’s New Album: "Ridiculous," "Sick," "Bitchin’" Says Matt Sorum". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  62. ^ a b Jones, Chris (2008-09-08). "Metallica Death Magnetic Review". BBC Online. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  63. ^ "METALLICA's New Album Previewed: ROCK SOUND And METAL HAMMER Offer Their Opinions". News. Blabbermouth. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  64. ^ The Quietus - first listen to Metallica's new album[dead link]
  65. ^ "Metallica Album: Our First Impression". News Article. Metal Hammer. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  66. ^ "DREAM THEATER'S MIKE PORTNOY ON METALLICA'S 'DEATH MAGNETIC' - 09.13.08 - Roadrunner Records Canada". Roadrunnerrecords.ca. 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  67. ^ "Reviews...". metallica.com. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  68. ^ Emma Johnston (2008-09-14). "CD: Rock review: Metallica, Death Magnetic | Music | The Observer". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  69. ^ Jeppsson, Jonn (2008-09-13). "Metallica" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-11-17. "Via en hemsida som har ett sjörövarskepp som logotyp hittade jag ett lika konkret som inspirerande bevis för att James, Kirk, Rob och Lars inte kan skilja lax från potatis i sin egen musik: en torrent med namnet "Death Magnetic: Better, Shorter, Cut", där någon händig typ har trimmat bort mellan en och fyra minuter per sång." 
  70. ^ "Metallica Interview Cancelled Due to Illegal Download". CMU. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  71. ^ "Fans threaten to send back Metallica album". You and Yours. 2008-10-09. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/items/01/2008_41_fri.shtml. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  72. ^ Michaels, Sean (2008-09-17). "Metallica Album Latest Victim in 'Loudness War'?". Guardian. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  73. ^ Fricke, David (2008-10-02). "Louder Faster Stronger". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  74. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (2008-09-16). "Analysis: Metallica's Death Magnetic Sounds Better in Guitar Hero". Wired. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  75. ^ "Metallica Fans Hit Guitar Hero for Better Sound". IGN. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  76. ^ Vinnicombe, Chris (2008-09-16). "Death Magnetic Sounds Better in Guitar Hero". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  77. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2008-09-18). "Fans Complain After "Death Magnetic" Sounds Better on "Guitar Hero" Than CD". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  78. ^ Smith, Ethan (2008-09-25). "Even Heavy-Metal Fans Complain That Today's Music Is Too Loud!!!". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  79. ^ Yarm, Mark (2008-09-29). "Exclusive: Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Breaks Band's Silence on Death Magnetic Loudness Controversy". Blender. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  80. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (2008-09-29). "Lars Ulrich Responds to Death Magnetic Mixing Criticism". Wired. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  81. ^ Q Magazine Jan 09, pg.86
  82. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (November 3, 2008). "3. Death Magnetic by Metallica". TIME Magazine. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  83. ^ Revolver Feb 09, pg.69
  84. ^ "Rolling Stone's best albums of 2008". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  85. ^ "Metallica Opens At No. 1 Just Shy Of 500K". 
  86. ^ "Artist Chart History - Metallica (Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  87. ^ "Artist Chart History - Metallica (Singles)". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  88. ^ Billboard Chart Peaks
  89. ^ "Death Magnetic peaks at #1 in 34 countries". 
  90. ^ Grein, Paul (2008-09-17). "Week Ending Sept. 14, 2008: Metallica and the Hard Rock Pantheon". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  91. ^ "Official UK Charts Company". theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-09-15. [dead link]
  92. ^ "Canadian Albums - Week of September 27, 2008". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  93. ^ Williams, John (2008-09-17). "Metallica's 'Death' hits No. 1". Jam!. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  94. ^ Williams, John (2008-10-08). "Metallica's 'Magnetic' stays at No. 1". Jam!. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  95. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – October 2009". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  96. ^ Cashmere, Paul (2008-09-22). "Metallica Death Magnetic Is the Fastest Selling Album of the Year". Undercover.com.au. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  97. ^ McCabe, Kathy (2008-09-23). "Metallica prove they're still No.1 with Death Magnetic". News.com.au. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  98. ^ "Metallica bricht deutschen Rekord: Über 100.000 verkaufte CDs in drei Tagen - Unterhaltung". Bild.de. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  99. ^ Gregory, Jason (2008-09-24). "Gigwise website". 
  100. ^ Steffen Hung. "Death Magnetic jumps from #19 to #1". Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  101. ^ "Gold and Platinum". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  102. ^ a b "Mission: Metallica (Calendar)". missionmetallica.com. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  103. ^ a b c d "Death Magnetic (Death in a Coffin) Rozm. XL". empik.com (in Polish). Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  104. ^ "The Box Magnetic (Death in a Coffin)". metallica.com. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  105. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (July 10, 2008). "Metallica Boxes Up 'Death Magnetic'". Billboard. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  106. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Argentinian Albums. CAPIF. On Fecha, select {{{date}}} to see the correspondent chart. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  107. ^ a b "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  108. ^ "Metallica - Death Magnetic" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  109. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  110. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  111. ^ "CD - TOP 10 Semanal". (In Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  112. ^ "Metallica Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Metallica. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  113. ^ "Top Stranih [Top Foreign]" (In Croatian). Top Foreign Albums. Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  114. ^ "Czech Republic Album Chart". Mam.ihned.cz. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  115. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  116. ^ "Metallica: Death Magnetic" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  117. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  118. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  119. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Greekcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  120. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". Mahasz.hu. LightMedia. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  121. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  122. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  123. ^ "Metallica: Death Magnetic - Oricon Style". Oricon Style. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  124. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Mexicancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  125. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  126. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  127. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  128. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  129. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Portuguesecharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  130. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  131. ^ "Metallica – Death Magnetic". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  132. ^ "Metallica | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  133. ^ a b "Metallica Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Metallica. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  134. ^ a b c "Artist Album Chart History for: Metallica". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  135. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  136. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  137. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2008". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  138. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  139. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic". Music Canada. 
  140. ^ "Danish album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic". IFPI Denmark. 
  141. ^ "IFPI Finland Searchable database - Gold and Platinum" (in Finnish). IFPI. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  142. ^ The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  143. ^ "French album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  144. ^ "Irish album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  145. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Metallica; 'Death Magnetic')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  146. ^ "Greek album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in Greek). IFPI Greece. 
  147. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 
  148. ^ "Certificaciones –" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  149. ^ THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION.
  150. ^ "Polish album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  151. ^ "Portuguese album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. 
  152. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2008" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  153. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Metallica; 'Death Magnetic')". Hung Medien. 
  154. ^ "British album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Death Magnetic in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  155. ^ "American album certifications – Metallica – Death Magnetic". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  156. ^ "2009 MÜ-YAP MÜZİK ENDÜSTRİSİ ÖDÜLLERİ" (in Turkish). Mü-YAP. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  157. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for EUROPEAN CERTIFICATION.
  158. ^ a b c d "Metallica: 'Death Magnetic' Release Date Announced". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  159. ^ "Metallica: DEATH MAGNETIC - Disc". towerrecords.com.co. Retrieved 2010-06-03. [dead link]
  160. ^ "Metallica : Death Magnetic". recordshopx.com. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  161. ^ "Metallica / Death Magnetic". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  162. ^ "Metallica at Universal-music.co.jp" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  163. ^ "The Last Piece of the Puzzle". metallica.com. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  164. ^ "Metallica Set for Death Magnetic Launch". ABC. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-09-11.