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Date: Jan 26 2009

Themes: Alternative, Music

Grammar: Adverbs


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It’s hard to believe that Metallica has already been around for 27 years. In that time, they’ve released 11 albums, 43 singles, and 22 music videos. They’ve had band members die, quit, and get replaced. And they’ve transformed from a relatively unknown, underground metal band into one of the most influential and highest-selling artists of their time.

Now Metallica has a new album out called Death Magnetic. Marni has been a huge fan of the band for years, and she just bought the new album. Listen to her tell Beren what she thinks of it.


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Marni:  So you know what I was rockin’ on my way over here?

Beren:  Uh…what?

Marni:  The new Metallica!

Beren:  Oh my god, is it good?

Marni:  Yes, it is. I actually really like it.

Beren:  Whoa.

Marni:  Yeah. I think, because, Rick Rubin, I think he was dead on, he was right. He made them record it all live.

Beren:  That should work for them, ‘cause isn’t that the problem people had with the last album, St. Anger? Like they did it piece-by-piece in Pro-Tools, and it just sounded ridiculous, like everything’s super compressed?

Marni:  Well, and just overly produced. I think he just wanted to take them back to their roots, and, “This is what makes you guys great. It was all about the chemistry, and this is what people want from you.”

Beren:  Oh, I’ll have to get it. I totally have been listening to Ride the Lightning and Kill ‘Em All on a regular basis, I’d say. Those albums are so good. But right around…After Load came out, I kind of lost interest.

Marni:  Yeah, the early stuff is definitely the great stuff. And you can tell, I always think it’s interesting that you can tell that they got a little older. They slowed down a little bit. But…yeah, that was my first concert.

Beren:  Metallica?

Marni:  Yes. And my head was so sore, my neck was just killing me the next day from head-banging.

Beren:  Oh my God, your parents let you go?

Marni:  Yeah, it was awesome. I actually went to see the opening band. I was really into the opening band. The Cult. Not so great.

Beren:  Oh, it wasn’t a good show?

Marni:  They weren’t. They weren’t that good. And Metallica blew me away. And I’ve been a fan ever since.

Beren:  Whoa.


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Marni just got the new Metallica album, Death Magnetic. She thinks it’s a really great album. She tells Beren that the producer of the album made the band record all the songs live, which means they played all the parts at once instead of one at a time. It created a more raw, authentic sound than some of Metallica’s other recent albums.

Beren is excited to hear Marni’s good review. Although Beren loves some of the older Metallica albums, she hasn’t been a big fan of the more recent material. The new album sounds more like the early Metallica, even though the musicians are a lot older now.

It turns out that Metallica was the first band Marni saw in concert. What was the first band you saw in concert?



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Metallica is good band, but I prefer another stylesCool

09:42 AM Jan 26 2009 |



metallica forever

08:58 AM Jan 26 2009 |

Mr Shaluunge

United States

Really some people like to listen songs and some anther hated even me I like to list 4 minute up to 6 minute because it so hard for me to seeking it always  

07:57 AM Jan 26 2009 |




dame. i like all kinds of music except metallic so i cannt say its good album or not.

i dont want to listen. really enjoy rock blue hip-hop r&b music.


03:24 AM Jan 26 2009 |

Kyle A

Kyle A

United States

I don't really like their new album and it is annoying that they put in a 3 or 4 minute guitar solo in every song.


They do have some good songs though. The black album was the best.

02:30 AM Jan 26 2009 |




I love METALLICA!! I'm a huge fan. I saw them live once here in Rio and they rock! It was an amazing night! Hope they bring the new tour to Brazil Laughing

02:11 AM Jan 26 2009 |

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