The Secret Truth Lurking In The Letters Of “Death Magnetic”

Jul 25th, 2008 // 5 Comments

deathmagneticcover.jpgThanks to Ragandboneshop seeing through the title of Metallica’s Death Magnetic and realizing that, despite what James Hetfield might think, the fact that it could be anagrammed as “Can It, Megadeth” says more about the band’s intention than any mumbo-jumbo about Layne Staley. What else could the 13 letters that comprise Death Magnetic reveal about themes we should expect from the forthcoming album? Ten possible ideas below the cut.

Midget, Cane, Hat
Perhaps a Michigan J. Frog homage is a “hidden track”?

Met Date. Aching.
A sign that “The Unforgiven III” might be a little more emo than its predecessors.

Might Dance, Eat
Written underneath the “BRB” on a Post-It note that Lars put up on the studio wall before heading out into the daytime.

Cage Ham Tinted
Primus is going to steal this one, I think.

Damage Itch Ten
This was actually one of the final contenders, until James realized that it sounded a bit too much like a tagline for an athlete’s-foot spray.

Menaced Hag Tit
They can still be scary!

Machete Dating

Dig That Menace
Now it’s a Nick Cave album!

Hated Net Magic
Well, it’s not entirely untrue.

Change Tamed It
Oh, snap.

Come up with your own. It’s way more entertaining than working, I find.

Anagrams for “Death Magnetic” [Internet Anagram Server]


  1. Camp Tiger Claw

    Caged Math Nite

    Subtitle: Nerds In Heat

  2. Jasonbob7

    Hint: Game Acted

    …meaning Metallica’s done motion-capture movements so you can watch their digital avatars perform “Death Magnetic” on Rock Band?

  3. Chris Molanphy


  4. alec_baldwin

    You know what I’m talking about.

  5. Defenestrated

    “Dig That Menace
    Now it’s a Nick Cave album!”

    It’s 1 a.m and you made me wake up the neighbors with that line.

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