Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It is scheduled for release in September 2008 by Warner Bros. Records.
The album will be the band's first to feature current bassist Robert Trujillo and the first to be produced by Rick Rubin. It will also be their first studio album released through Warner Bros. Records, although they still remain with Warner Music Group, which owned their previous label, Elektra Records.
The album's style has been described as more progressive and, at times, melodic, as it features many guitar solos. It has been referred to as the "missing link" between 1988's ...And Justice for All and 1991's Metallica. The album will be Metallica's first studio album to be released since 2003's St. Anger.
In an interview with the creators of the Rock Band video game, it has been stated that Metallica has given rights to the company to have the first single off the new album available for playability on the game before the album's release.
On May 15, 2008, Lars Ulrich confirmed that they officially recorded 11 songs for the album, although only 10 will appear on the album due to the constraints of the physical medium . A short video released on June 14, 2008 on the Mission: Metallica website revealed the album's official title as Death Magnetic.