If you thought these dudes might go soft hitting middle age, think again: Metallica brings the blitzkrieg on their first studio disc since 2003. This 75-minute opus plays like a headbanger's symphony; all but one of 10 songs stretch past six minutes, with complex arrangements that elevate the genre. Any other metal album this year is doomed to pale in comparison.
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