Metallica have announced that they have completed recording a new full length album with Lou Reed. This is not the first time the two legendary acts have gotten together, in October `09 they performed Sweet Jane, a song by Reed’s former band The Velvet Underground for the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The album was recorded in Metallica’s studio, which is situated north of San Francisco. Featuring 10 brand new songs, the record promises to be unlike any of the New York king of avant-rock and the world’s bestselling thrash-metal band previous releases. Rumor has it that the album will have the feel of Reed’s `73 classic record Berlin crossed with Metallica’s `86 monster Master of Puppets.
A release date is yet to be given however the Metallica boy’s have provided us with the following statement;
“A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that’s “not really 100 percent a Metallica record.” While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.
Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months. In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we’re not exactly sure when you’ll hear it, we’re beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week.
A true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou’s work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers. We can’t wait for you to listen to the finished record, so as we like to hear ourselves say around here, keep watching this spot for updates . . . we’ll be back with more details as they come together.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Reed and Metallica spoke about their thoughts on the project.
“A marriage made in heaven. I knew it from the first day we played together: ‘Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me.’” Reed stated
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said; “I don’t think we’ve ever felt this free. There’s nothing that’s totally outside of the boundary for us, nothing that feels like ‘Oh, what happens if we go there?’ The strength of us” – he gestures at Reed – “is it feels like we cannot land on a wrong place.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield commented on his initial thoughts on the project. “Lars and I listened to the stuff, and it was like, ‘Wow, this is very different.’ It was scary at first, because the music was so open. But then I thought, ‘This could go anywhere.’ “
“It doesn’t feel like we’re his backup band,” guitarist Kirk Hammett claims. “It feels like we’re a different band, in a situation we’ve never been in before.” And, Trujillo notes, “It’s making us a better band.”