Metallica reveal Death Magnetic artwork - for real!

For real?
For real?

Seems like Metallica are real jokesters.

For weeks now they've been teasing us with a series of images that were purported to be the artwork for their upcoming album, Death Magnetic. Well, now they've "officially" announced that the image on your right is the finished artwork - a coffin formed by magnetic particles.

Regarding the album's title, frontman James Hetfield says, "It started out as kind of a tribute to people that have fallen in our business, like Layne Staley and a lot of the people that have died, basically - rock and roll martyrs of sorts. And then it kind of grew from there.

"Thinking about death…just like a magnet, some people are drawn towards it."

"Thinking about death…just like a magnet, some people are drawn towards it, and other people are afraid of it and push away. And the concept that we're all gonna die sometimes is over-talked about and then a lot of times never talked about — no one wants to bring it up; it's the big white elephant in the living room. But we all have to deal with it at some point. So that's kind of the subject matter."

Death Magnetic is due out in September. A deluxe box set edition of the album will be available in the US. The coffin box package will contain one CD featuring the album, another containing demos, a behind-the-scenes DVD, an exclusive T-shirt, a Metallica flag, a collection of guitar picks, codes for a special live download and a poster. The coffin box will only be available through,, and

So that's the cover, ladies and gentlemen. Or is it?

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.