As previously announced Metallica will be presenting a music video for each and every one song of the new album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which is out on Friday, November 18th, starting today, Wednesday the 16th. Kataklysm did something similar last year with their album "Of Ghosts And Gods" as George Terzakis noticed! So far the videos for : "Confusion", και "Dream No More", as well as "Atlas Rise", "Moth Into Flame"  and "Hardwired" are online on YouTube and you can check them out below. Here's what's coming next (in American time)...
Wednesday, November 16th
4 p.m. EST - "ManUNkind" (Directed by Jonas Åkerlund) – Bravewords, Canada
6 p.m. EST - "Now That We're Dead" (Directed by Herring & Herring) – Pitchfork, USA
8 p.m. EST - "Here Comes Revenge" (Directed by Jessica Cope) – Triple M, Australia
10 p.m. EST - "Am I Savage" (Directed by Herring & Herring) – Ro69.JP (Rockin' On), Japan

Thursday, November 17

12 a.m. EST - "Halo On Fire" (Directed by Herring & Herring) – BiLD / Metal Hammer, Germany
2 a.m. EST - "Murder One" (Directed by Robert Valley) – Le Parisian, France
4 a.m. EST - "Spit Out The Bone" (Directed by Phil Mucci) – NME, England
6 a.m. EST - "Lords of Summer" (Directed by Brett Murray) – Aftonbladet, Sweden

METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The members of the band were presented with their plaques by "executives" from their record label, Blackened Recordings, on May 17 at The New Coliseum Presented By NYCB in Uniondale, New York.
The "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.

During this year’s Record Store Day Metallica visited the house where everything started for them in El Cerrito in San Fransisco. The band moved from Los Angeles to San Fransisco in 1983 to play with Cliff Burton. During the visit the band was joined by friends, relatives, crew, as well as the town’s Mayor, Greg Lyman. James Hetfield said: “This is unbelievable to be back in this place. I think we’ve all kind of forgotten a lot of stuff that’s happened in our history and this is a great way to jog our memories and to see people’s faces here, as well. We are so grateful for everyone that’s here and has been a part of this with us”. Lars Ulrich revealed that the band was planning to buy the house’s garage and put it in its headquarters but it’s now gone. The drummer also made a joke about it saying: “Whoever’s got the garage, please return it, because maybe we would finish the new record quicker if we were in that garage.”

24 May

"IT'S A SAD STORY"

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Metallica guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield as interviewed by Boston, MA radio station WAAF and was asked about the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell.
Hetfield remarked, "Well, it does make you hug those around you, for sure — bandmates, family that's out here, family at home. It makes you realize that, you know, there is a darkness that anyone and everyone can find and feel that they're trapped in. And when you're there — and at least I know the depth of my darkness at times — it is difficult when you're in that space to even fathom that there's someone there that can help you or has been through that before. Sometimes you're at such a loss…
"I can't… obviously can't explain what he was going through, but we all have our darknesses," he continued. "And check in with each other — check in with each other. Let each other know how you're doing.
"Yes, it's a sad story, and there's a lot of sad stories recently, especially in the grunge world, losing a lot of people," Hetfield added. "And for us, [losing] Lemmy and all of the things that have been happening in the last couple of years, it just makes us feel even more grateful to be out here doing what we're doing."

28 Feb

TRUE OR TROL?

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This photo that was uploaded on Metallica’s Instagram page has caused series of talks among fans of the band, or not. So, is Metallica recording their new album, or are they just making demos before the actual recording takes place? James Hetfield in a recent show joked that they’ve been working on a new album for the last 20 years, but the process is coming to an end, but he avoided to define when the new album will be out. What’s certain is that Metallica’s studio album will precede  the re-releases of “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride The Lightning”, as well as the live album  “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003”.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has revealed in a new interview that the

As METALLICA gets ready to hit the road and kick off its North American tour, the band thought it might be cool to revisit the very beginning of "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" by pressing one of the live release celebrations on vinyl.
It all started with the Fifth Member show at the 1,500-capacity Webster Hall in New York City in September of last year, so this Friday, May 5, the three-LP set of that show will be available exclusively online at Metallica.com as well as in the band's pop-up stores in select tour cities this summer (more on that soon).
Newly mastered for vinyl and mixed by the team that brought you "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", the three-disc limited edition package is pressed on 140-gram vinyl and includes the digital download of the show as well.
Track listing:
Disc One / Side A
01. Breadfan
02. Holier Than Thou
03. Battery
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
Disc One / Side B
01. Fade To Black
02. Moth Into Flame
Disc Two / Side C
01. Sad But True
02. Orion
Disc Two / Side D
01. One
02. Master Of Puppets
Disc Three / Side E
01. For Whom The Bell Tolls
02. Enter Sandman
03. Encore Jam
04. Whiskey In The Jar
Disc Three / Side F
01. Hardwired
02. Seek & Destroy

07 Sep

METALLICA'S..."DR. NO"!

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North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands scores James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett on the 25th anniversary of Metallica’s Black Album.
Over 22 million people have purchased Metallica’s 1991 Black Album. To put that into perspective, that’s millions more than the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s... or Abbey Road or any Led Zeppelin album.
A decade into an uncompromising career, Metallica stood as one of the most uncompromising foundaries of heavy music. Their reputation for blunt trauma heavy metal in an era of heavily produced hair-band pop metal set them apart. But as the ‘90s began, Metallica challenged themselves to creatively expand by adding producer Bob Rock to the mix, creating a tense work environment marred with conflict, but ultimately producing timeless classics “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven” and “Nothing Else Matters”.
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett share with In The Studio host Redbeard how the addition of a real producer impacted the band in the studio.
“There was a little intimidation on both sides... He (Bob Rock) called me ‘Dr. No.’... As soon as he’d open his mouth, ‘NO’ would come out of mine.” (laughs) - James Hetfield
“The farther along the album got, the more the tension kind of just like built up. At the end of the day, if that’s what we had to do, that’s what we had to do.” - Kirk Hammett

08 Dec

A WORRIED LARS ULRICH

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During a brand new interview with CBC Radio One's arts and culture program "Q", METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the issue of drummers and health, particularly after RUSH admitted that the Canadian rock trio's retirement from the road has happened, in large part, because of drummer Neil Peart's tendonitis and diminishing physical abilities.
"When people ask me to look into the crystal ball into the future: 'What do you think? Are you still gonna be playing…?'" Lars said: "It's the great, big unanswered question. Mentally, creatively, spiritually, aesthetically, we'll go for another hundred years [and] we're fine. Physically, obviously, it's the big question.
"I was at [the epic classic-rock summit] Desert Trip [in Indio, California with a lineup that included THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan and THE WHO], and there were these six acts on, and they were great, but there was one thing I did spot was the of the… And they're all apparently in their 70s; I didn't fact-check that, but that's what I was told. There was only one of the six acts that had the O.G. drummer. The other five acts had a drummer, like, in the 20s and the 30s, so that should tell you something, right? So only Charlie [Watts of THE ROLLING STONES] was there, and he's fabulous. I've seen THE STONES [something like] fifty times in the last couple of decades; they're great. But like Neil [Peart] was saying [Editor's note: Lars is referring to a recent comment from Peart where the RUSH drummer said his 'style of drumming is largely an athletic undertaking'], what he does is a little bit different. It's a little more in the jazz… A lot of jazz drummers, like Elvin Jones and Max Roach and Tony Williams, all these guys were still playing up in their 70s and 80s."
He continued: "Whether we can do the 'Fight Fire's and the 'Battery's and the 'Master Of Puppets' and all that in our mid-60s and our early 70s remains to be seen. And there's kind of a second part to that, which is that if… I mean, we may be able to still play them — do you know what I mean? — but whether we can bring the weight and whether we can bring the energy and whether we can bring the attitude that those songs deserve in our 60s to 70s, I have no idea. Hopefully we'll have enough clarity to be able to tell if it's not working, to walk away from it graciously and respectfully. But right now we're fine, and we've played some of our best shows in the last couple of years, and I think there's still a bit left in the engine. But whether we can do it in our 70s… hopefully we'll get a chance to find out."

Metallica helped Blistered Earth, a Metallica tribute band, when the van with all their equipment was stolen. After Blistered Earth’s show in Portland, Oregon on April 22nd their van with their guitars, amps, pedals, drums etc went missing. The band announced what happened on Facebook seeking help to catch the thieves, which was something that drew Metallica’s attention. One day later the band offered to replace Blistered Earth’s equipment! According to the band’s drummer, Shawn Murphy, Metallica requested a full gear list which they bought for them.  "The average person wouldn't realize how common it is or how much of a target a band is when they're on the road," Murphy said. "You're a stranger in a strange land, basically. People know that and they can take advantage."

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