"This is a monumental opportunity for Metallica fans to be the first to hear the new album."
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Metallica will reveal their upcoming new album, 72 Seasons, to an audience for the first time via a global cinema screening event.
The worldwide listening party won't just feature the new album, the band members will also discuss the music between songs and provide other "surprises," the heavy metal group revealed in an announcement video.
The 72 Seasons global premiere will take place on Thursday, 13 April, the day before the album is released. Fans can sign up for more information via Metallica's website.
"This is a monumental opportunity for Metallica fans to be the first to hear the new album. We are thrilled to be a part of this historical global moment— connecting Metallica with their fans once again,” Kymberli Frueh, SVP of Programming and Content Acquisitions, Trafalgar Releasing, commented.
Metallica and Trafalgar Releasing have joined forces once more, having previously collaborated on the October 2019 worldwide cinematic release of Metallica and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: S&M², which documented Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra reuniting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their original S&M (Symphony & Metallica) concerts and releases.
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Last week, Metallica dropped a new single, Screaming Suicide.
The track is more mid-tempo than the first single, Lux Æterna, but still contains some thrashy riffs. The music video sees the band clouded in mystery with a wicked guitar solo coming from Kirk Hammett. As far as current-day Metallica singles go, this one is a banger.
"Screaming Suicide addresses the taboo word of suicide," Hetfield offered in a statement.
"The intention is to communicate about the darkness we feel inside. It's ridiculous to think we should deny that we have these thoughts. At one point or another, I believe most people have thought about it. To face it is to speak the unspoken. If it's a human experience, we should be able to talk about it. You are not alone." It's a poignant, powerful message from the biggest heavy metal band in the world.
The legendary heavy metal band's new album will be 12 songs and 77 minutes long and produced by Greg Fidelman alongside James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The album is Metallica's first since 2016's Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.
Hetfield said about the album: "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. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is a reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry."
Pre-order 72 Seasons here.