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Date: Jul 22 12:01:16 2010
Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' Certified Double Platinum

Metallica's latest release, "Death Magnetic", was certified double platinum on June 28th.  Now it does say that it's for "shipments in the United States in excess of two million copies", it has shipped double platinum.  Either way, I am surprised, especially in today's market.  Gone are the days of bands selling 5 to 10 million albums.  Nowadays, if  a band sells 300,000 copies, they're doing ok......good enough to keep their record contract.  Unlike a period, not too long ago, when record companies would drop your ass if you only went gold (selling 500,000 copies).

But the real issue here is the amount of complaints "Death Magnetic" received.  Mostly about the sound and how it was mixed too loud by Rick loud, the levels are distorted at times. 

Metallica's Lars Ulrich believes that album sales prove the naysayers wrong.   The drummer commented: "I listen to this record, and I listen to it every couple of days.........And when I hear it, it puts a smile on my face and it blows me away, and I don't understand what people are talking about. Somebody told me the other day that there were 12,000 people that had signed a petition to remix the record. We've sold two and a half million copies (worldwide) of "Death Magnetic". You do the math yourself."

On the other side of the coin, Ted Jensen is the engineer who mastered "Death Magnetic" at Sterling Sound in New York and he also has responded to the complaints.  However, he agrees with fans:  "I'm certainly sympathetic to your reaction, I get to slam my head against that brick wall every day. In this case the mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived at my place. Suffice to say I would never be pushed to overdrive things as far as they are here. Believe me, I'm not proud to be associated with this one, and we can only hope that some good will come from this in some form of backlash against volume above all else."

Here's an old read from DPJ on why
Metallica should bring back Flemming  Rasmussen

-- Edited by Mob Rules on Thursday 22nd of July 2010 12:01:54 PM


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