DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has offered the following opinion of METALLICA's new album, "Death Magnetic":

"'Death Magnetic' is HANDS DOWN the best METALLICA album in 20 years. This is the CD I've been waiting for them to make since '…And Justice For All'. And thumbs up to them for doing the first REAL METALLICA instrumental in 20 years since 'To Live Is To Die' (if you don't count DREAM THEATER's 'Stream of Consciousness'). Welcome back, boys."

In a June 2008 interview with the Artisan News Service, Portnoy stated about his hopes for the new METALLICA CD, "Well, the new direction, who knows? Until the album comes out [referring to 'Death Magnetic'], I have no idea what that direction is. 'St. Anger', which took a beating from a lot of people, personally, I would take that album over 'Load' and 'Reload' any day of the week. You know it had its faults. It had its flaws. The production was weird and the vocal melodies were weird, but at least it had a spirit. At least they were attempting to get heavy again and play long songs again. The formula they used in the '90s with 'Load' and 'Reload', it was just not my cup of tea. It was way too polished, way too bluesy and straight-ahead, so 'St. Anger' to me was a nice step in the better direction, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next one."

Watch a short video clip of Portnoy talking about METALLICA at this location.

Click here to watch DREAM THEATER performing METALLICA's "Master of Puppets" in Chicago in 2002.