Metallica are taking their sweet time with the follow-up to Death Magnetic (2008). Now almost eight years later, their new album is being finalized, currently in the mixing stages. In a recent interview with Humanity magazine, drummer Lars Ulrich confirmed that their 10th album is coming out this year (tentatively in the fall) and you can expect a more diverse record.
Metallica's 1986 masterpiece Master Of Puppets has been preserved for posterity and is the first metal title to be given the honour of being added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The record was selected as one of the 25 new sound recordings added to the registry of works that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
As Ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day celebrating independent retail, Metallica will have a special exclusive CD release, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France - June 11th, 2003. They will be donating all profits to the victims of the attacks in Paris in 2015. For now, check out a sneak peek of the cover art below and a preview of the music with "Fade To Black."
The Deluxe Edition of Metallica's milestone record Ride The Lightning is being released next month on April 15th via Blackened Recordings. Included in this edition are recordings of a show they headlined in San Francisco on March 15th, 1985. They headlined the second of two shows at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco 31 years ago. Here's a little taste of the recording of that gig via SoundCloud below. It's "Motorbreath" and a cover version of the Diamond Head classic "Am I Evil?". Yes, I am.
While they continue to work on a new album, Metallica have collaborated with an award winning author named Matt Taylor on a book about the making of the band's classic 1986 album Master Of Puppets and the subsequent tour that followed its release. Fans shared photos, videos and stories with the band so that all pieces fit together. The cover of Metallica: Back To The Front, which is due in the fall of 2016, can be seen below for now. The book will be released as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Master Of Puppets.
Stone Sour have premiered their cover of Metallica's classic tune "Creeping Death". The track is off of their upcoming Record Store Day EP Meanwhile In Burbank which you can grab this Saturday, April 18th. The EP also features covers of songs by Black Sabbath, Kiss, Judas Priest and Alice In Chains. You can judge the band's rendition of the song after you listen to it here.
Remember the 1982 No Life 'Til Leather demo? And cassettes? Well, Metallica will celebrate this year's "Record Store Day" with the release of an exact duplication of the band's 1982 demo tape as a limited-edition cassette on April 18th. The artwork was made from Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's own copy and will feature his handwriting. At the time, the group consisted of vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and drummer Ulrich. Some of the songs from this demo became classics of the band and all but "The Mechanix" would appear on their debut Kill 'Em All.
Metallica are going to hit the ice. After the band announced 2015's Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants, the group will now appear at a game by the San Jose Sharks on January 21st. The team will play its rivals the Los Angeles Kings that night. Metallica are joining forces with the San Jose Sharks for a special night of metal and ice hockey.
Recently, Metallicaannounced the re-release of the film Some Kind Of Monster, which is set for November 24th on Blackened Recordings. This two-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets include Metallica: This Monster Lives, a 25-minute follow-up piece. Well, now you can watch a clip of that right here where the band looks back at Some Kind Of Monster after so many years. James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich think it helped the band.
Metallica is seeking help from their fans while preparing remastered, deluxe editions of their first two classic albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride The Lightning, which they hope to put out in 2015. Anyone who has photos of the group and memorabilia or audio of concerts Metallica played around that time is being asked to submit them for possible inclusion in the reissues.
Metallica will be closing this year's BlizzCon at the convention center. That's an annual gathering of gaming communities around the globe who are part of the surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's games Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft and which is taking place in Anaheim, California this November. Tickets to the convention are sold out but you can still watch their performance live the night of November 8th online.
The first ever Rock In Rio USA has announced the first acts that will perform in Las Vegas next year. Metallica and Deftones have both been confirmed to perform. Metallica will headline the Main Stage while Deftones will be headlining the Sunset Stage.
You might remember that Metallica released the film Some Kind Of Monster years ago featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes as they confronted personal demons and their relationships with each other while recording their album St. Anger. That included a conversation with former guitarist Dave Mustaine (Megadeth). Now the band is re-releasing Some Kind Of Monster on November 24th, 2014 in two-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets that include Metallica: This Monster Lives, a 25-minute follow-up piece, and it will also be available digitally and via Video On Demand.
After a 3D movie called Metallica Through The Never, a new Guinness World Record from last year for being the first band to play all seven continents in one year, it's maybe finally time for Metallica to finish that new record as well. Six years have passed since they released the latest full-length album Death Magnetic. At the beginning of this year, Metallica confirmed that they should to start working on new album this year. In a recent interview, bassist Robert Trujillo says work continues on the follow-up to Death Magnetic.
As previously reported, the Ronnie James Dio tribute This Is Your Life will be released on April 1st and today you get to hear Metallica's contribution to the release. The nine-minute medley of four tracks titled "Ronnie Rising" and performed by Metallica features riffs from "A Light In The Black," "Tarot Woman," "Stargazer," and "Kill The King." All songs were originally written and recorded by Rainbow. Enjoy it here!