In one of the most stunning developments in the history of rock, longtime fans of the heavy-metal stalwart Metallica are complaining that the group’s recently released album, Death Magnetic, is too loud (read the angry posts at metallicabb.com). To put the noise level in perspective, we ranked the band’s SPL—or sound pressure level, measured in decibels—against other noisemakers.
By Stuart J. Rosenberg
Published Feb. 3, 2009
A note on SPLs: The album’s SPL, like all SPLs, depends on the volume at which it is played and the distance from the listener.
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