2008 – Metallica: As fans around the world await a follow up to 2003’s St. Anger, Metallica is eyeing September as the release date for their new opus. The band has been working with producer Rick Rubin, and in various interviews, they have dropped hints that the new material harkens back to their thrashier sound from the ’80s. Speaking to BBC 6 Music recently, drummer Lars Ulrich said, “We’re just finishing up a record, we’ve got six weeks left and it should be out in September. That’s the idea right now.”
Meanwhile, the band is re-releasing their first two album on vinyl. Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning will be coming out on April 15 in two versions: one like the original on a single disc spinning at 33 1/3, and the other as a two-disc, 180 gram vinyl, 45 rpm package in a double gatefold sleeve. Master Of Puppets and …And Justice For All will be the next re-issues and should be coming out on vinyl in June.
Metallica is playing a number of European dates and festivals this summer, but so far, their only U.S. date is an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN on June 13.