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DRM / Napster Karma get's Metallica

by schneider007 / September 14, 2008 2:58 AM PDT

I wanted to get Metallica's new album "Death Magnetic" I'm NOT a Metallica fanboy (for obvious reasons "NAPSTER, RIAA...) but I've enjoyed most of their "Music" throughout the years.
Although I wanted to "Stick it to the Man" and nick their album online for Free I decided to pay for it; Shopping around I found the DRM free MP3 album.
But here's the problem.
People are complaining about sound quality on the MP3, CD and even the LP versions.
The main complaint is distortion, clipping and drastic changes in volume within individual tracks throughout the album, the consensus seems to be that they screwed this up in the studio.
Apparently there is no original analog master? and according to some: "Metallica allowed the producers to record their instrument/vocal tracks at or very close to the 0 db level,..with the music already maxed out on the volume side all the clipping they recorded while in the studio made its way into the final mix."
With so many people having the same type of complaint obviously there is some issue here.
Has anyone heard anything about this irreparable sound issue ?

On a side note with Metallica's historical views on digital distribution and their recent "accidental" clamp down earlier this year of blogger's early reviews
I find it ironic when they've finally accepted digital distribution as a legitimate and legal method of acquiring music,
they may have put out a flawed digital copy?

"Karma's a Bee-och"

Love BOL You guys keep rockin


ps do a search on amazon's & itunes reviews for the 1 stars people are pissed??

Various reviewers below:, I can't link to the itunes reviews?

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DRM / Napster Karma get's Metallica
by wizkids32 / September 14, 2008 7:33 AM PDT

No I haven't but I am not going to buy their album since they balked on the whole Napster thing so I will not be purchasing their album they also have a You Tube channel too. I am no longer a Metallica fan at all any more.

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by schneider007 / September 19, 2008 3:41 AM PDT

I pretty much feel the same way..

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sad trombone
by mementh / September 14, 2008 7:35 AM PDT
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It gets even weirder...
by Slikkster / September 19, 2008 5:16 AM PDT

That's very odd. What's even more strange is the story circulating around that the Guitar Hero version of the song has more dynamic range (and cleaner sound) than the CD! Someone posted an A-B comparison on youtube where you can see/hear the CD version and then flipped to the GH version. The CD version waveform is totally squashed with no peaks/valleys; just a solid amplitude across the board. Yuch. The GH waveform shows dynamic range, to the extent that it exists.

It's so bad that the mastering engineer is now blogging about it saying that it came to him this way. In other words, garbage in, garbage out. That doesn't explain the GH/CD mismatch, though. Read here:

Also, the band most definitely hears the final mix(es) before it goes to production, so if there are people to blame, they are right up there at the top.

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