Heavy Metal legend Kirk Hammett of Metallica has released his first single as a solo artist, from his upcoming debut solo EP as the track – “High Plains Drifter.” The track opens the second side of Portals, Kirk’s four-song EP out April 23, 2022, via Blackened Recordings across digital platforms, on CD, and as a Record Store Day Exclusive Ocean Blue Vinyl EP (including a download card). Jam it out now! Continue reading
Kirk Hammett of Metallica makes his solo debut with Portals, a four-song instrumental EP to be released April 23rd, 2022 via Blackened Recordings across digital platforms, on CD, and as a Record Store Day Exclusive Ocean Blue Vinyl EP (including a download card). It will be the first release on the label that is not a Metallica release. True to its title, Portals is a collection of gateways to myriad musical and psychic destinations. Recorded in multiple locales ranging from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, Portals is both the result of musical and metaphysical journeys. An invitation to inner worlds accessible only by music and the psyche it fuels.
has earned the top 5 best-selling vinyl album releases in the USA this week as ranked by Billboard on the strength of the six new vinyl reissues of the band’s albums at Walmart. The band the first artist to claim all top 5 slots of the vinyl sales chart since the chart’s debut in 2011. Continue reading
Much banter has gone down in the press this year about the pandemic legit ruining the industry, but one band that seems somewhat bulletproof is Metallica. The biggest Rock/Metal band ever in terms of sales dominates streaming with 1 Billion Spotify streams in 2019 (the band has not released 2020 data yet) and over 6000 units (usually over 2k physical copies) of The Black Album alone sold weekly. They also sell tons of music via their website and www.metallicalive.com too and had a new release in 2020 with S & M2 (Blackened Recordings). Now the band is teaming up Wal-Mart for a series of limited edition color-vinyl variants of six albums: Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All, Metallica (aka The Black Album), and Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. Pre-orders are available now, with delivery expected in February of 2021!
Metallica will take the stage for the first time since the September 2019 S&M2 concerts that opened Chase Center in San Francisco. Metallica will be the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, with a full set showing August 29 at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada. The show will be shot for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series at a location near the band’s Northern California headquarters and will subsequently be edited and mixed by Metallica’s award-winning production team to the highest standards possible. The concert, the band’s first show in nearly a year, will feature material from throughout their near four-decade career and provide Metallica fans with an intimate, unique, and truly memorable concert experience.
According to a published report by Variety, Metallica and longtime co-manager Cliff Burnstein are among the parties involved in a new intellectual-property acquisition venture Worldwired Music IP Fund. The venture, which also includes former Fender president/COO Matt Janopaul and former Sony/ATV co-president Rick Krim, will be looking to snap up a series of song catalogs as part of its portfolio.Continue reading
Metallica has released their enormous remastered version of …And Justice For All today via Blackened Recordings, culminating in months of exclusive track streams and video premieres from the last thirty years. To celebrate the release, the band got together with celebrated music journalist and legends David Fricke for a wide-ranging interview for his radio show. Fricke wrote the first ever major feature on the band in Rolling Stone in 1988. There was even a surprise appearance by ‘One’ music video director Michael Salomon. You can watch the full clip below, or tune into your local rock station. Continue reading
Metallica has shared another video from their massive, multi-year WorldWired World Tour. Watch a pro-shot video performance of them playing ‘Halo On Fire’ from Hardwired… To Self Destruct (Blackened Recordings), at the O2 Arena in 2017.Continue reading
As Metallica approaches the November release of the remastered deluxe edition of …And Justice For All (Blackened Recordings), the band continues to share audio and video rarities from their vault. Watch fan-filmed footage of the band playing ‘Harvester of Sorrow’ in a college bar in Delaware, on the Damaged Justice Tour in 1989. Continue reading
Metallica has shared a new video of them performing their classic track ‘Creeping Death’ live recently at Austin City Limits. Watch it below now. The band resumes their World Wired Tour dates tonight in Milwaukee, WI at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center. Continue reading