Beyond Magnetic

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Beyond Magnetic
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ReleasedDecember 13, 2011 (2011-12-13)
RecordedApril 2007–May 2008
Genre
Length29:08
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin
Metallica studio release chronology
Lulu
(2011)
Beyond Magnetic
(2011)
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
(2016)

Beyond Magnetic is a 2011 EP by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released to coincide with the band's 30th anniversary shows, in which they released a new song for all four days of the shows. It was originally released as a digital download only on iTunes on December 13, 2011. [1] All four songs featured on Beyond Magnetic were all recorded for the group's Death Magnetic sessions but had not been released. [2] [3] Beyond Magnetic was released on CD on January 30, 2012, internationally, and on the following day in the United States. As of September 2016, Beyond Magnetic sold over 210,000 copies in the U.S. [4]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

<i>Death Magnetic</i> 2008 studio album by Metallica

Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008 through Warner Bros. Records. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, marking the band's first album since ...And Justice for All (1988) not to be produced by longtime collaborator Bob Rock. It is also the first Metallica album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo, and the second to be completely co-written by all of the band's members.

Contents

Release

The band stated the following about the EP: [5]

During the Death Magnetic album sessions in 2007 and 2008, we originally recorded 14 songs. When it came time to pick the songs for the final album, we decided on 10 songs that you've all come to know over the last three years... Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on 'Mission Metallica' (remember 'Mission Metallica'?!) or heard rumors about them during the recording process, and wondered, 'What ever happened to those other four songs???.' We kept them in the vault and decided to pull them just for this special celebration, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. They are ROUGH mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March '08. These four songs were released as a gift to our closest fans, the members of our Fan Club, to enjoy. Now they're being made available to you.

On January 3, 2012, Metallica announced that Beyond Magnetic was to be released as a CD on January 31 in the US and January 30 internationally. [6] It was also announced that the EP would be released on vinyl, and would be made available on April 21 in celebration of Record Store Day. [7]

Record Store Day annual event in April to celebrate independently-owned record stores

Record Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2008 and held on one Saturday every April and every Black Friday in November to "celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store". The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. A number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, with a list of releases for each country, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event. The event began in the United States and remains headquartered there. Record Store Day has official international organizers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Spain, and Poland.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [8]
Consequence of Sound D- [9]
Metal Forces 6/10 [10]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [11]

Reviews of Beyond Magnetic have been largely positive. AllMusic gave Beyond Magnetic a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and reviewer Stephen Erlewine called the EP "as potent as its 2008 parent." [8]

AllMusic Online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.

During its first week of release, Beyond Magnetic sold 36,000 copies and peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200. [12] The album has sold 210,000 copies in the United States as of September 2016. [13]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Track listing

All lyrics written by James Hetfield; all music composed by Metallica.

James Hetfield American musician

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

No.TitleLength
1."Hate Train"6:59
2."Just a Bullet Away"7:11
3."Hell and Back"6:57
4."Rebel of Babylon"8:01
Total length:29:08

Credits

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. [14]

Personnel

Metallica

Production

Artwork and design

Studios

Charts

ChartPeak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [15] 19
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [16] 29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [17] 22
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) [18] 12
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [19] 50
South Korean Albums (Gaon) [20] 44
South Korean International Albums (Gaon) [21] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [22] 22
Scottish Albums (OCC) [23] 23
UK Digital Albums (OCC) [24] 13
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC) [25] 1
US Billboard 200 [26] 32
US Digital Albums (Billboard) [27] 2
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) [28] 5
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [29] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [30] 6
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) [31] 6

Release history

RegionDateLabelFormat
WorldwideDecember 13, 2011Warner Bros.digital
InternationalJanuary 30, 2012Warner Bros.CD
United StatesJanuary 31, 2012Warner Bros.CD
North AmericaApril 21, 2012Warner Bros.Vinyl

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