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Second Unreleased Metallica Song "Just A Bullet Away" Hits The Web

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Another unreleased studio track from the "Death Magnetic" sessions has surfaced on the web (see below), entitled "Just A Bullet Away." Metallica also performed this track at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of a week long celebration of the band's 30th Anniversary. Special guests at the festivities this far included Biff Byford (Saxon), Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica), Lou Reed, King Diamond, Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Timi Hansen (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) , Marianne Faithfull, Ray Haller (Sweet Savage), Kid Rock and John Bush (Armored Saint/Ex-Anthrax).

The previous unreleased studio track "Hate Train" can be heard at this location.

Check out "Just A Bullet Away" here:

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1. LULU writes:

I should sing over this song randomly without direction on the first listen and say a bunch of random words....
Who am I?

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 10:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Drum_Junkie writes:

Not too bad. I like the guitar riffs and the solos (aside from a just a couple few screachy notes.) The vocals are OK, which is typical of James' style since the Black album.

The drums, on the other hand, completely fail. COME ON Lard, use that second bass drum every once in a while!
Either that, or take it off your kit and use a double pedal to stop giving us the illusion that you still use your left leg.

Charlie Watts or Phil Rudd could have supported this song better than that. Hell even Meg White could have done a better job. Yes, I said MEG WHITE!

Aside from the drums, I thought the song is a decent track. Personal rating: 2.5/5 skulls (.5 skull deduction for sh!tty drums.. again)

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 10:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. DamnYou writes:

Why could they not use that riff at :33!? That was a sick a$$ riff and they play it for only a couple seconds!

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. spiral_architect writes:

@ LULU - YOU ARE A TABLE!

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 2:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Grayback writes:

Wow, that's really not a bad track. If only it had made it on the album...

If they had made the mix/production more And Justicy, it would be really calling to the old school, at least I think so. James' vox sort of show age though, but he's not totally lost it yet. AS others said, Lars really needs that second kick pedal off his kit if it's just going to rust. Overall though, not really that bad. Honestly.

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 2:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Netromancer writes:

That gallop at :33 almost got me hard.

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Netromancer writes:

I have to say I like this, possibly more than anything from Death Magnetic. Some of the lyrics feel a bit disjointed, but I like alot of them. The 3 line stanzas before "The shine of the midnight revolver" part especially. The main riffs aren't anything particularly special, but I feel they are indicative of James style lately, starting on a lower chord and building in a minor scale. Rinse, repeat. The bridge came out of nowhere but I welcomed it. For me, the bridges and mellow movements within their songs were a big draw to Metallica originally. It really helped build the mood of the song which I feel is kind of a sense of urgency and frustration. I found the chorus reminescent of old Kinghorse. Heavy but with a tense garage-ey feel, if that makes any sense. After a couple more listens I'm very pleasantly surprised.

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 4:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Cynic writes:

I feel the same Netro - for me "Death Magnetic" was a frustrating exercise in what could have been.

Take the clean verse riff in "The Day That Never Comes" - brilliant I thought, just as clever as "One" or "Fade To Black" and classic Metallica. But all the great parts of the song are obliterated by the bad parts, lacklustre chorus, the "love is a four letter word" part, prodction etc.

Hopefully they get rid of all the yes-men and have someone set this sh** straight and give them some perspective.

# Dec 8, 2011 @ 4:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BHunu writes:

Finally a good structured solo from kirk. Keep going in this direction.

# Dec 9, 2011 @ 5:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. zMETALlica writes:

"suck suck til it dries" lol - no comment...

on a serious note: keys to success make an amazing album(s) that you put your heart and soul into and work your a$$ off for. then if not enough people hear it, release a pop edge to your sound. get 'famous' and release only album after album of sh**. then release something okay and have everyone be like "omg this is amazing!"

It's not bad, but it ain't the metallica i knew.

# Dec 9, 2011 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Netromancer writes:

Not sure if that was directed at myself, but I certainly didn't say Amazing. I said "pleasantly surprised". We've all been waiting for the Metallica we knew and once in a while you get a cool gallop. No, it ain't bad, and that surprises me.

# Dec 9, 2011 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. spiral_architect writes:

I LIKE THIS A LOT BETTER THAN "HATE TRAIN". I'D LIKE TO SEE "JUST A BULLET AWAY" CLEANED UP AND PUT ON THE NEXT STUDIO ALBUM.

# Dec 9, 2011 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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