Beyond Magnetic

Beyond Magnetic
EP by Metallica
Released December 13, 2011 (2011-12-13)
Recorded April 2007–May 2008
Studio (see Studios)
Length 29:08
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin
Metallica studio release chronology
(with Lou Reed)
Beyond Magnetic
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Beyond Magnetic is a 2011 EP by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released to coincide with the band's 30th anniversary shows, in which they released a new song for all four days of the shows. It was originally released as a digital download only on iTunes on December 13, 2011.[1] All four songs featured on Beyond Magnetic were all recorded for the group's Death Magnetic sessions but had not been released.[2][3] Beyond Magnetic was released on CD on January 30, 2012, internationally, and on the following day in the United States. As of September 2016, Beyond Magnetic sold over 210,000 copies in the U.S.[4]


The band stated the following about the EP:[5]

During the Death Magnetic album sessions in 2007 and 2008, we originally recorded 14 songs. When it came time to pick the songs for the final album, we decided on 10 songs that you've all come to know over the last three years... Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on 'Mission Metallica' (remember 'Mission Metallica'?!) or heard rumors about them during the recording process, and wondered, 'What ever happened to those other four songs???.' We kept them in the vault and decided to pull them just for this special celebration, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. They are ROUGH mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March '08. These four songs were released as a gift to our closest fans, the members of our Fan Club, to enjoy. Now they're being made available to you.

On January 3, 2012, Metallica announced that Beyond Magnetic was to be released as a CD on January 31 in the US and January 30 internationally.[6] It was also announced that the EP would be released on vinyl, and would be made available on April 21 in celebration of Record Store Day.[7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Consequence of SoundD-[9]
Metal Forces6/10[10]
Rolling Stone[11]

Reviews of Beyond Magnetic have been largely positive. AllMusic gave Beyond Magnetic a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and reviewer Stephen Erlewine called the EP "as potent as its 2008 parent."[8]

During its first week of release, Beyond Magnetic sold 36,000 copies and peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200.[12]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Hetfield; all music composed by Metallica.

No. Title Length
1. "Hate Train"   7:00
2. "Just a Bullet Away"   7:11
3. "Hell and Back"   6:57
4. "Rebel of Babylon"   8:03
Total length:


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[13]




Artwork and design



Chart Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 19
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 22
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[17] 12
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[18] 50
Korean Albums (Gaon)[19] 44
Korean International Albums (Gaon)[20] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 22
Scottish Albums (OCC)[22] 23
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[23] 13
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[24] 1
US Billboard 200[25] 32
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[26] 2
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[27] 5
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 6
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[30] 6

Release history

Region Date Label Format
Worldwide December 13, 2011 Warner Bros. digital
International January 30, 2012 Warner Bros. CD
United States January 31, 2012 Warner Bros. CD
North America April 21, 2012 Warner Bros. Vinyl


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  3. "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - METALLICA Releases 'Beyond Magnetic' Digital EP". Retrieved 2011-12-16.
  4. "Upcoming Releases: Hits Daily Double". Hits Daily Double. Archived from the original on September 20, 2016.
  5. "Metallica releases Beyond Magnetic EP". Consequence of Sound. December 12, 2011. Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  6. "METALLICA: 'Beyond Magnetic' To Receive CD Release". January 3, 2011. Archived from the original on January 4, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  7. "Metallica's 'Beyond Magnetic' EP to Receive Vinyl Release". Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  8. 1 2 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Beyond Magnetic - Metallica at AllMusic
  9. Young, Alex (January 30, 2012). "Metallica – Beyond Magnetic EP / Album Reviews". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  10. Fisher, Mark. "METALLICA – Beyond Magnetic (2012) / Album / EP Reviews". Metal Forces. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  11. Fricke, David (February 23, 2012). "Metallica Beyond Magnetic Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  12. "METALLICA's 'Beyond Magnetic' Cracks U.S. Top 40". December 21, 2011. Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  13. Beyond Magnetic (liner notes). Metallica. Vertigo Records. 2012.
  14. " – Metallica – Beyond Magnetic". Hung Medien.
  15. "Metallica – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Metallica.
  16. "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  17. "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2012. 6. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  18. "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2012-03-19" (in Japanese). Oricon.
  19. "South Korea Gaon Album Chart". On the page, select "2012.02.19~2012.02.25" to obtain the corresponding chart. Gaon Chart
  20. "South Korea Gaon International Album Chart". On the page, select "2012.02.19~2012.02.25", then "국외", to obtain the corresponding chart. Gaon Chart
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  22. "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  23. "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  24. "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  25. "Metallica – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Metallica.
  26. "Metallica – Chart history" Billboard Digital Albums for Metallica.
  27. "Metallica – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for Metallica.
  28. "Metallica – Chart history" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for Metallica.
  29. "Metallica – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Metallica.
  30. "Metallica – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Metallica.

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