Death Magnetic would've been so much better if the songs were much shorter. There was so many "fillers" in each song as if they were trying too hard to relive their old days of having long songs.
They need to stop piecing riffs together to make songs.
They need to come out with music quicker. Stop over-analyzing it with current technology.
They need to come to the conclusion that although family is important, work is what pays the bills. No money=no family. So what if they're rich. Most of us that have to work out asses off for money don't and can't afford to do our jobs half-assed or we'll get fired, and our families will have to endure long working hours, if necessary. Metallica needs to approach the writing process with this kind of attitude. Having THAT said, it might fuel some sort of negative vibe, and well, shit...write about it! Isn't that what made Metallica what it was in the first place? Wasn't Fade to Black (or one of their songs at the time) written about a time when Metallica's equipment was stolen or damaged? There has to be at least SOME sort of, excuse the phrase since it's the name of one of their songs, a Struggle Within.
They're dancing around like a bunch of dads that think they're cool. There's no attitude there at all. You really can't write that kind of music all that well without the attitude. I'm not asking for a carbon copy of Animal from Anti-Nowhere League, but at least somewhere in the middle would be nice. James needs to change the way he fronts, and his hair style. It's like Justin Bieber married Billie Joe Armstrong and Boy George was the surrogate mother.
They need to get rid of Rick Ruben. I don't want Bob Rock back, because all he's going to do is either make Metallica sound current (like TBA) or make them fall completely apart (like St. Anger) and we'll end up with SKOM 2. They need Flemming Rasmussen.
I'd hate to say it, but they also need Jason back. Just look at the Fillmore shows on YouTube that feature Jason. He's headbanging, with minimal interaction with the fans, meanwhile the rest of them are making stupid faces at everyone and other hand gestures that basically say "ok hey guys it's time to clap or join in". Rob's crabwalking never did a damn thing for me. From a metal standpoint, that to me is seriously uninspiring and I just think it makes him look dorky more than anything. If I wanted to watch performers dance around, I'd watch a Jennifer Lopez performance, instead.
Honestly, I prefer longer songs like the first four albums, but at least for the Death Magnetic songs, and also Beyond Magnetic, the individual riffs could easily be cut and some lyrics could easily be wiped out to make complete songs that sound 100% better.
Flemming Rassmussen would be the biggest promotion of all time!!!
Bring him back on another record. Wouldn't that light the internet up!