METALLICA‘s official web site has been updated with the following message:

“A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new METALLICA project that’s ‘not really 100 percent a METALLICA record.’ While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), 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. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and 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.

“A true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou‘s work with the VELVET UNDERGROUND and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers.
We can’t wait for you to listen to the finished record, so as we like to hear ourselves say around here, keep watching this spot for updates . . . we’ll be
back with more details as they come together.”

Photo below courtesy of Metallica.com

Monopoly, has been customized to celebrate the history and music of heavy metal giants METALLICA. The game will be available starting this Friday, June 17 from the band’s official webstore.

Game description: “The fast-dealing property trading game’ just got faster! Monopoly Metallica Collector’s Edition takes the popular board game to a whole new level. Every aspect of the game designed for the true METALLICA fan in mind. You’ll ‘Pass Go’ through historic METALLICA events and locations around the board such as club shows, festivals, studios, childhood homes and other metal landmarks. Create your own real estate empire by adding arenas and stadiums to all your properties! Game pieces include the ‘Kill ‘Em All’ hammer, ‘…And Justice For All’ scales, ‘St. Anger’ fist, ‘Black Album’ snake, ninja star, and the ‘Jump in the Fire’ demon. Land on one of the ‘Binge and Purge’ or ‘Jump in the Fire’ spaces and be rewarded or fined in true METALLICA form. You won’t believe the price you’ll pay!”

METALLICA follows KISS, THE BEATLES, ELVIS PRESLEY and THE GRATEFUL DEAD, among other artists, who have their own Monopolygames.

Possibly the greatest metal video ever from what was once the greatest metal band on the planet:  

http://youtu.be/WM8bTdBs-cw

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