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Metallica Open Career-Spanning ‘Black Box’ Online Portal

Get ready to immerse yourself in Metallica history! The heavy metal band have opened a new career-spanning portal, "The Metallica Black Box," that they've said will feature “memorabilia, photographs, sketches, clothing and footage straight from our personal collections, hoarded over the last 40 years."

On the Black Box website, the band added a statement:

“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel to all corners of the planet, meet so many amazing people, and do things we once only dreamed of. And when you’ve been around for 40 years, you manage to collect a few things! Along the way, the four of us have hung on to many keepsakes, photographs, articles of clothing, sketches, and so much more, stashing these items away in attics, garages, and storage spaces. But no more as we’re excited to launch The Metallica Black Box! Debuting with The Black Album Exhibition, The Black Box will offer an ongoing deep dive into every era of our career from the early ’80s garage days up to today and beyond.”

The portal has been years in the works, according to Metallica. They are teaming up with Invenium and Definitive Authentic to showcase their beloved artifacts. Among the promised features on the site - both live and virtual - are weekly livestream events, limited signed memorabilia, and deeper dives into their vaults. Some memorabilia and artifacts will also be available for purchase.

More artifacts will appear before the end of 2021 as part of the Black Album Exhibition: a 30th anniversary celebration of the band’s self-titled album. New content will be added on an ongoing basis, but 2022 promises a 40th-anniversary retrospective and showcase dubbed The Art and two future projects.

Currently, the items on display include “The Snake Pit,” an homage to Metallica's most loyal fans that includes classic laminates, archival photos, fan-made t-shirts, and illustrations by artist Heath Miller from the band's 1991-1994 Black Album era.

Read the "Black Box" announcement below.

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Article Image: Metallica members James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett playing at a 2011 show. (ianpaterson via DepositPhotos.)

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