The list of individuals in the world of metal that fans unequivocally agree on the importance, talent, and legacy of is very small indeed. Even figures in the biggest, most influential bands can be divisive figures – and none more so than Metallica. That’s just one of the many things that makes the band’s former bassist, the late Cliff Burton, such an extraordinary figure – perhaps no bassist in the history of metal is so universally agreed upon as not just a master of his instrument, but a full on innovator of its use in metal. That’s why today, on what would’ve been the bassist’s 51st birthday, our Sunday Spotify Slaylist is dedicated to Cliff Burton.
ride the lightning
July 30th, 2008
Just after Metallica announce they are to play a show in London on 15 September 2008, Universal Music have announced they are to release the first three Metallica albums in deluxe vinyl edition. Nice.
Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets are all getting the treatment and are hitting shelves on 4 August 2008 as remastered, double-gatefold, two-disc, 180 gram, 45 rpm versions. Nice!
Metallica play Reading and Leeds festivals in August
June 5th, 2008
Thrash Hits .com was yesterday treated to a preview of a selection of tracks from Metallica’s forthcoming new album. Henry Cutmore reports on their ninth studio effort.
Shrouded in the type of secrecy normally reserved for military operations, we were lead into a darkened room and followed in by a man in black muttering something about Metalica having previously issues with “illegal downloading problems – you may have heard about it?”, and who then proceeded to play a number of songs to us at great volume.
Initial listenings suggest that it is a vast improvement on 2003 album St Anger, the making of which provided the subject for the band’s infamous documentary Some Kind Of Monster.
Watch a clip from Some Kind Of Monster
Informally described by the Metallica camp as “9 epics in one album”, the quartet’s new material has been produced by Rick Rubin as is currently at the mixing stage.
Though all the tracks are currently untitled we can confirm that most songs clock in at seven or eight minutes in length – including the lead single, which takes a more down-beat approach than most of the material on the album and has shades of their Grammy-winning epic 1990 breakthrough single ‘One’.
We can also report than it is unlikely Metallica fans will be disappointed with the new material, which contains arguably their most complex, multi-layered arrangements yet and sees a definite return to the bludgeoning, relentless galloping riffs of their Kill ‘Em All / Ride The Lightning era.
Watch the video to ‘One’ by Metallica
The drums sound a lot stronger this time too, while Rob Trujillo’s bass lines feature more prominently in the mix and there even touches of Eastern-tinged guitars. The ten songs that will comprise the finished album clock in at 75 minutes in length.
It is not known whether ‘performance enhancement coach’ Dr Phil Towle was involved in the making of this album.
We suspect not.
Metallica’s new album is scheduled for release in September.