'Death' Or Glory

"These are long songs ... we're talking seven-minute, eight-minute, nine-minute nutty-ass songs," Lars Ulrich says of "Death Magnetic," Metallica's long-gestating first album in five years.

"These are long songs ... we're talking seven-minute, eight-minute, nine-minute nutty-ass songs," Lars Ulrich says of "Death Magnetic," Metallica's long-gestating first album in five years. First single "The Day That Never Comes" is rapidly ascending the Billboard rock charts.

Ulrich describes the tracks as "definitely pretty all over the place. There's a lot of variation, a lot of fast, slow, melodic ... kind of hardcore, nutty super-fast speed stuff. It's a little more like how some of the earlier records were a little more dynamic within the songs."

Hardcore fans can purchase a "coffin box" edition of "Death Magnetic." In addition to the album, the package will include a disc of demos, a behind-the-scenes DVD chronicling the making of the album, a T-shirt, a flag, guitar picks and a poster. In addition, every song from "Death Magnetic" will be available for gamers to download and play on "Guitar Hero III" and its sequel "Guitar Hero World Tour."

Metallica begins a North American tour Oct. 21 in Glendale, Ariz.