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Metallica Gets Magnetic, Heroic

More Guitar Hero synergy than you can shake a drumstick at.

The return of the logo found on countless high-school army jackets.
The return of the logo found on countless high-school army jackets.
The plastic-guitar arms race between Rock Band and Guitar Hero continues to ramp up with today's announcement that Metallica's upcoming album, Death Magnetic, will be released as DLC for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock this Friday, coinciding with the album's proper retail release. The Guitar Hero III version of Death Magnetic will run you about $18 for either the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version, and it will also be forward-compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour.

Considering how much Activision and Harmonix were both talking up the inclusion of Metallica in their games at E3, this is probably a pretty big deal to someone, though my Metallica needs begin and end at The Black Album. Maybe this speaks more to my decade-plus of indifference towards Metallica than anything else, but I found it baffling that one of the tracks from Death Magnetic is titled "The Unforgiven III". First off, there was a "The Unforgiven II"? And second, can it be a very good sign when a band resorts to writing sequels to 17-year-old songs?