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Pioneers of metal find their roots again

If Metallica had released an album between …And Justice for All and Metallica, it probably would have sounded like Death Magnetic. Who would have guessed that after 15 years of avoiding their thrash-metal roots — the genre they pioneered — they would someday return to them? It’s not an accident either — the album mirrors the formula the band followed in their golden age: ten or fewer tracks, a ballad in the fourth slot and an instrumental as the second to last number.