After announcing a livestreamed benefit concert, Metallica has now shared news that a new album and tour are coming in 2023.
The album, titled 72 Seasons, was produced by Greg Fidelman, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich. Set to be released April 14, the 12-track album will be Metallica’s first full-length album of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. You can pre-order/pre-save the record here.
In a press release, Hetfield explained the record’s title:
"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 reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry."
Yesterday (November 28), Metallica shared a new single from the album called “Lux Æterna.” A Tim Saccenti–directed video accompanies the song. The visual sees the band play their hardcore guitar riffs and drum beats inside a futuristic room – complete with atmospheric screens and laser beams.
As for their newly-announced tour, the band will start their trek in Europe in April before traveling to North America later in the year. More shows are also scheduled for Europe and America in 2024. The tour features two shows in each city, and the band promises completely different setlists and support lineups at each. A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will go to the band’s All Within My Hands foundation. More information about tickets and dates can be found on Metallica's website.
72 Seasons arrives more than six years after its predecessor, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Since then, Metallica has reissued some classics, released a second live album with the San Francisco Symphony, commissioned a covers album featuring artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Kamasi Washington, and achieved newfound notoriety with their song “Master of Puppets” after it was prominently featured in Stranger Things.
Watch the video for “Lux Æterna” and see Metallica's announcement for 72 Seasons below.
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