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Some Insight Into Recent Metallica Review Debacle

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Wired's Eliot Van Buskirk has summed up the recent Metallica review debacle and given some insight into the situation. Here's an excerpt:

"Agents of Metallica managed another internet debacle last week, caused this time by preposterous demands that journalists who attended a listening party for the upcoming Metallica album pull their subsequent reviews. Only one publication refused: The Quietus, which held out for nearly a week before complying with the request in order to protect its writer -- only to see the band ultimately overrule its managers' decision and begin linking to the formerly banned reviews.

"I spoke with The Quietus editor John Doran to get the lowdown on what, exactly, happened.

"The short version: While everything else about metal seems to be evolving, certain US-based heavy metal publicists didn't get the memo. And Metallica was as upset about the early reviews debacle as anyone else. (The band's website now includes links to the once-offending reviews.)"

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