I would really like to know what Metallica's Death Magnetic sounded like before it was sent out for mastering.
It definitely lost (and lost badly) to the Loudness War.
I am listening to The Day That Never Comes right now (iTunes) and they've gone beyond the brick wall, the track is clipping all over the place. Everything is painfully compressed. Compressed to death.
Post-production blues aside, the singles: Cyanide, The Day That Never Comes, My Apocalypse prove Metallica can still rock with old-school fire!