Metallica is gearing up for a very busy two years.
The heavy-metal band on Monday launched its first new observe in six years — making good on drummer Lars Ulrich’s promise to not make followers wait one other eight years to listen to new music. The throwback-styled “Lux Æterna” returns to Metallica’s traditional thrash-metal sound. It hails from Metallica’s upcoming twelfth studio album “72 Seasons,” which drops on April 14.
The band additionally launched the track’s Tim Saccenti-directed music video on Monday, together with particulars concerning the album’s accompanying M72 world tour that includes two-night stops in practically two dozen cities.
After launching in Amsterdam on April 27, the 46-show tour will make its method to Southern California in August for 2 exhibits at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
The band has dubbed the tour stops “no repeat weekends” and likewise has exhibits throughout Europe and North America via 2024. Opening acts Pantera and Mammoth WVH will play the Aug. 25 present at SoFi and 5 Finger Demise Punch and Ice 9 Kills will carry out on the Aug. 27 live performance. The Architects, Volbeat and Greta Van Fleet have been tapped for different dates on the tour.
“Starting in April of 2023, we’ll be visiting 22 different cities around the world and playing two nights in each city, with each ‘No Repeat Weekend’ show a completely unique experience: Two totally different set lists with two different bands opening the show each night!” the band introduced Monday.
“Purchase a two-day ticket, and you won’t see the same song twice for a total of over 30 songs spanning our 40+ years of being lucky enough to make music. Most of the shows (sorry, not all — we tried!) will be on Fridays and Sundays, so we’ll be sure to have lots of extracurricular events for you to hang with fellow Metallica fans at before the shows kick-off and on the Saturday night in between.”
Pre-sales for the tour start Wednesday.
In the meantime, Metallica’s new “72 Seasons” album, which accommodates 12 tracks, was produced by Ulrich, Greg Fidelman and James Hetfield and obtained its title from the 72 seasons that comprise the primary 18 years of an individual’s life, the band stated.
“72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are,” guitarist Hetfield defined. I believe probably the most attention-grabbing a part of that is the continued research of these core beliefs and the way it impacts our notion of the world at present. A lot of our grownup expertise is reenactment or response to those childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking freed from these bondages we feature.”
The brand new album comes six years after the band’s 2016 outing “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct,” which got here an extended eight years after 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” Whereas Metallica additionally reissued classics and recorded stay albums in that point, the band notably climbed the Billboard songs chart this summer season with its 1986 track “Master of Puppets” after it was featured within the Season 4 finale of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”`
Earlier than launching the tour, Metallica will play a live performance benefiting its All Inside My Fingers Basis on Dec. 16 in downtown Los Angeles.
The third annual “Metallica Presents: The Helping Hands Concert,” hosted by late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, will happen at Microsoft Theater in downtown.
Visitor Greta Van Fleet will open the present and Paramount+ will livestream the occasion at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time. It can even be simulcast on Pluto TV globally and on YouTube.