Hammett then points out that sound quality doesn't trump music quality. "What's that Stooges album that has, like, the worst [sound] of all time? Was it Fun House? I can't remember. But you know what? That album is hailed as groundbreaking now!"

And as far as remixing Magnetic, Hammett is unequivocal. "Well, you know, the album is what it is. And ultimately it's because of us that it is what it is. And at this point, my attitude is, take it or leave it. You know?"

Travis Pitts


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Review: An Open Letter to Metallica Regarding Death Magnetic

In the final analysis, that's all that matters. Metallica made the album they wanted to make. Maybe not everybody is happy with the way it sounds on the record, but this is art — and art doesn't have to please everybody. Besides, Metallica's music is always best appreciated in the live setting, where unwanted feedback, off-key screaming from the guy next to you and a thousand other extraneous sounds are all part of the listening experience. And some of these songs are going to sound great in that dirty-audio environment. Here's to another 25 years of glorious hearing loss.

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