METALLICA’s Project With LOU REED: Release Date Announced

According to the official web site of METALLICA‘s project with legendary
singer and former VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman Lou Reed, the
musicians’ collaborative album will be released on November 1 in North America
and one day earlier (October 31) in the rest of the
world.

METALLICA and Reed reportedly tapped Dutch
photographer, music video and film director Anton Corbijn to take a
picture for the cover of their LP. According to the Swedish newspaper
Aftonbladet, Corbijn and Reed were seen hanging around with
METALLICA inn early July in Gothenburg, Sweden where the band performed
as part of the “Big Four” concert at Ullevi stadium. METALLICA guitarist
Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo were also spotted a couple of days later at Lou Reed‘s
concert at Grand Rex in Paris, France.

METALLICA‘s collaboration
with Reed was made public in June via the band’s official web site. The
group wrote in a statement, “We are more than proud to announce that we have
just completed recording a full-length album that is a collaboration with none
other than the legendary Lou Reed. Ever since we had the pleasure of
performing with Lou at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall
Of Fame
at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking
around the idea of making a record together.”

The statement added, “We
have indeed been working at our home studio at (METALLICA headquarters in
San Rafael, California) on and off over the last few months. In what would be
lightning speed for a METALLICA-related project, we recorded ten songs
during this time and while at this moment we’re not exactly sure when you’ll
hear it, we’re beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions
wrapped up last week.”

Rolling Stone spoke with both Reed
and members of METALLICA about the surprising announcement. Writer
David Fricke described the disc as “a raging union of [Reed‘s]
1973 noir classic, ‘Berlin’, and METALLICA‘s ’86 crusher,
‘Master Of Puppets’.” The songs were all written by Reed with extensive
arrangement contributions by METALLICA.

Reed called the
collaboration “a marriage made in heaven. I knew it from the first day we played
together: ‘Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of
me.'”

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said, “I don’t think
we’ve ever felt this free. There’s nothing that’s totally outside of the
boundary for us, nothing that feels like ‘Oh, what happens if we go
there?'”

Frontman James Hetfield added, “Lars and I
listened to [Reed‘s demos] and it was like, ‘Wow, this is very
different.’ It was scary at first, because the music was so open. But then I
thought, ‘This could go anywhere.'”

Songtitles on the record include
“Pumping Blood” and “Mistress Dread”.

Reed does not
have a record deal and METALLICA is no longer signed to Warner Bros.
Music
after completing their contract with “Death Magnetic”, so it is
not clear how they intend to release the yet-to-be-titled album.

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