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Metallica to Release Album With Lou Reed

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Way back when, Kirk Hammett told Rolling Stone that Metallica would be entering the studio for two weeks to record material. However, he said it wouldn’t be “100% Metallica.” Well, the world now knows what Hammett meant. It was announced that Metallica would be releasing an album that they did with former Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed.

The unlikely collaboration was announced on Metallica’s website, along with pictures of the musicians in the studio together like the one below.


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In a statement released by Metallica, the desire to work with Lou Reed first surfaced when they performed together in 2009.

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 HQ 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.

No release date has been given for the album. Metallica are set to embark on a world tour with their Big 4 cohorts Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax later this year.

What do you think? Are you planning on buying a Metallica/Lou Reed record? Tell us below.

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