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PostSubject: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:19 am

Guitar Player associate editor Matt Blackett went to Kansas City on October 25, 2008 to interview James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett for the magazine's February 2009 issue and catch a sold-out show on the "Death Magnetic" tour. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Guitar Player: There's a big brouhaha on the Internet about the overall sound of "Death Magnetic", and how the versions on the Guitar Hero video game are clearer and less compressed. What's your take on all that?

Kirk: A lot of that has to do with [producer] Rick Rubin's opinion that the kind of production on "Death Magnetic" makes the album sound livelier. I'm inclined to agree with him. I think it sounds pretty cool. I think it sounds good and raw and in the moment. It's less than perfect, but I like that aspect of it. In the past, we've gone to great pains to eliminate any kind of digital distortion or redlining. I think for these songs and the concept of this record it sounds good.

James: I don't know. Some people will always find something to complain about, and I realize that. They might not be used to the kind of sound that Rubin goes for which is pushing the limits. We went back and forth with the sound of the record. I was one of the first ones to notice the compression was affecting the overall sound, but when we took it away, something was missing... some of the liveliness went away with it. So after comparing both directions, we said, "This sounds better." It's as simple as that. There's nothing technical about it. We didn't get into worrying what people will think. As far as the Guitar Hero tracks are concerned, those are probably very early versions, but I don't really know. It's so complicated these days. You never know where, how, and when your music is being released. It was a lot easier when you sat down, mixed the records, released it, and that ws it. Now...there are more variables out there with CDs, MP3s, ringtones and games, the more potential there is for different sounds. People are talking about it, though, and that's somewhat important. There's passion there, and we accept that as a good thing. People have always been passionate about METALLICA positive and negative.

Footage of Guitar Player's Matt Blackett checking out James Hetfield's racks and guitars and Kirk Hammett's rig at the October 25, 2008 METALLICA show in Kansas City can be viewed below.

James Hetfield's racks and guitars:

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:21 am

lol I'm sure anything can sound good if you add crazy effects with over 100 options like that machine has

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 3:15 am

i have noticed that the album sounds tinny. they needed a more full sound if you ask me

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:05 am

idk im not much of a metallica fan
they are cool and all
but after master of puppets they kinda failed
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:16 am

i well, ....and justice for all came out after master. i assume you like tht album? after that it was black album. i think after that they started to go downhill. but im sure if you had the opportunity to see them, you would do it right?

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:19 am

oh yea and justice for all
im not a metallica freak loler
but i hated black album enough to go buy
it after and justice for all
i chucked it out of the window of my car
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:22 am

i know, i happen to be a metallica freak. hateyou is more a slayer freak than i am a metallica freak, but i know a bit

i highly doubt you threw an album out the window. first of all it is littering lol. second, that was like $15 of hard earned cash.

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:24 am

**** i hated the album i threw it out the window i thought i would look like a dick returning it first off second off that album isnt litter its **** in music form

i am more of a slayer freak
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:26 am

Did i hear someone say SLAYER ??
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:28 am

*whispers ever so slightly
im not much of a slayer fan.

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although the faceless i can get into

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:28 am

-.0 you dunt like slayer
I WILL MURDER YOU
no its cool
the faceless is just ahhhhhhhhhh YES AWESOME!
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:30 am

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*whispers ever so slightly
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although the faceless i can get into
Anyone with a CLIFF pic up is killer in my book .. Now let me ask you ? Do you think cliff is rolling over in his grave to this " new " metallica ? ( black ,load ,reload , st , death )
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:35 am

idk
cliff burton was one of my heroes for bass
but i dont think he is
i think hes pissed that they even did black album
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:36 am

ummm actually idk. he was sooooo quite and reserved. i dont think i have ever heard him speak. i would like to think that he appreciates music and liked that the band has made it for this long, but a little part of me thinks that he suffers b/c true talent over instruments is no longer appreciated in society.

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:38 am

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ummm actually idk. he was sooooo quite and reserved. i dont think i have ever heard him speak. i would like to think that he appreciates music and liked that the band has made it for this long, but a little part of me thinks that he suffers b/c true talent over instruments is no longer appreciated in society.
Damn bubba thats deep ! Ever watched cliff em all ? He talks and smokes a fat blunt , He talks **** man , He was the best musican in the band by far !
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:38 am

yea you have a point there
burton was the most talented bassist besides les claypool and victor wooten
so im thinking idk now
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:40 am

Cliff , bon scott, gar and randy have a band on the other side and it kicks ASS!
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:41 am

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:43 am

LOL , THERE ALL DEAD , AND ALL GREAT
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:44 am

i have seen bits and pieces of cliff em all. i might actually go out and buy that...
thanks for the reminder

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:45 am

The 1st time i watched it i was mad at the damn world because a great man had died
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:46 am

i agree
my friends dad was in a high school band with cliff before he went to metallica
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:47 am

What was the name ? troma
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:51 am

of the band i have no idea but the drummers name
is ian webb
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:52 am

my friend, who has never show sad emotions before ever, said he nearly cried when it was done. soo sad.

i hate watching stuff that makes me sad

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:54 am

Yea its a sad day but he left us of great music ! ...
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:57 am

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:50 pm

Bway...
Lung Live Cliff..!
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:53 pm

Poor Rhandy

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:32 pm

Lol rhandy died in a plane crash ?
just like richie valens LOL
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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:02 am

surprisingly, alot of people seem to die in plane crashes. alot of famous people

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:13 am

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:45 am

really? i thought he was still alive

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PostSubject: Re: METALLICA's HETFIELD Says 'Death Magnetic' Sounds 'Better' With Compression   Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:57 pm

he?
they were a band..
and i think not every members died...
thereslike 2 members only alive...
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