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Death Populistic

A Napster lawsuit affair, a documentary with the feel of a reality show, and now a CD with crippled sound. It seems like Metallica have become better in stirring controversy than writing songs.

‘Death Magnetic’ might well be the loudest- and lousiest-sounding mass-marketed album. Its dynamic range is compressed into a monolithic wall of noise. Apparently, volume sells and sound mixes are more and more influenced as we change our habits to listening on the go. But despite all the slick iPods, the limitations inherent in today’s digital technology still mean there is only so many bits to describe how loud the sound is. People deciding this for ‘Death Magnetic’ failed to realize that “when everyone’s super, no one will be.” (A point made in ‘The Incredibles.’) Continues »