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30 July 2021

Metallica New Album Aims To “Bring People Together”

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has said in an interview with Classic Rock magaxine that the Californian heavy metal superstars are aiming to heal a divided planet with their forthcoming eleventh studio album. The 58-year-old guitarist said, “Metallica has always been about bringing people together through music. I think the sentiment now is that people need music more than ever to bring everyone together and collectively celebrate that we’ve got to this point. There’s a lot of division in the world, and hopefully this Metallica album will cut through the division and bring people together in ways that are more beneficial for everyone over all.”

“We’ve tried to make the most of the Covid year-and-a-half, and we’ve been pretty successful,” says Hammett. “We’ve got together remotely and worked, and we’ve got together [properly] and worked. Things are moving really well. I would say that the music we’re coming up with is very appropriate for the times.”

“Music should bring everyone together, it should be a celebration,” the guitarist adds. “That’s what music is about. It’s not about selling albums or getting Grammys, it’s about putting out good music and helping the situation with that music.”

Meanwhile, the band are set to reissue a remastered and hugely expanded version of The Black Album, and a 53-artist tribute album titled The Metallica Blacklist, on September 10.

‘The Black Album” remaster will be available in multiple configurations including 180 gram Double Vinyl LP, Standard CD and 3 CD Expanded Edition, digital, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set (containing the album remastered on 180G 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), 6 DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card).

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