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Metallica Title New Album "Death Magnetic"

June 16, 2008 9:15 AM ET

The name of the new Metallica album has finally been revealed on the band's official website: Death Magnetic. The album's title had slowly been hinted throughout last week, first simply with two magnets before additional letters began appearing. All was finally revealed Saturday, as the suddenly-tech-savvy band confirmed the title in the form of wallpapers you can put as the background of your computer. The group's Mission Metallica site confirmed the title as well, promising their new Rick Rubin-produced album will be out in September.

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