Apocalyptica to Release New Album “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol 2.” ft. Robert Trujillo, More Guests To Be Announced


Apocalyptica are thrilled to announce a stunning follow-up to their legendary debut record. Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2, releasing on June 7th, 2024 via Throwdown Entertainment / BMG Music, will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki’s world-renowned Sibelius Academy played symphonic tribute to the biggest of the big four–heavy metal titans Metallica. For their ninth record the classically-minded dynamos are returning to their roots to bring a legendary story full circle. This will be the final album for drummer Mikko Sirén, who is stepping down from the band. It also features a host of surprises beginning with a unique collaboration. Lead single “The Four Horsemen,” taken from Metallica’s 1983 debut Kill ‘Em All will feature Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, setting the scene for a compendium of deep cuts and brilliant highlights spanning Metallica’s staggering 40-year career, and there are more surprises to come. Watch the music video to ‘The Four Horsemen’ here.Continue reading


Metallica to Release Their First Five Albums on Colored Vinyl for International Fans


Metallica has announced plans to reissue its first five albums internationally. Colored vinyl editions of 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All”, 1984’s “Ride The Lightning”, 1986’s “Master Of Puppets”, 1988’s “…And Justice For All” and 1991’s “Metallica” will begin to hit shelves in November 2023, but check stores in your region for available pre-orders.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Metallica’s Debut Album “Kill Em All” Turns 40


 

Nearly every facet of Metallica’s nearly 43-year career has been explored in zines, magazines, message boards, websites, blogs, vlogs, social media, and AOL (and other) messenger chats but first in drunken huddled conversations with friends in bars, parking lots, and hang spaces. From humble beginnings came the now fully not humble biggest band in the world in 2023.

 

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SONIC VOYAGE: Metallica – The Discography 1983-2023


 

Get ready to embark on a musical journey like no other with our new series Sonic Voyage – the Discography show hosted by the one and only Ojayy of Ghost Cult Mag. For our first episode – Metallica! Whether you’re a die-hard music fanatic, or just wondering how many albums a band has, Sonic Voyage is the new destination for exploring the depths of the music world.

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Metallica and Wal-Mart Release Wave 2 of Limited-Edition Color Vinyl


Metallica has teamed up again with Wal-Mart to release a new series of EXCLUSIVE colored vinyl series for the albums Load (1996), Reload (1997), Garage Inc. (1998), St. Anger (2003) and Death Magnetic (2008). This follows the 2021 release of the “original five” Metallica albums and Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (2016). The albums are also available as a bundle while supplies last. Order from metallica or Wal-Mart now, with limited quantities in-stores.Continue reading


Metallica Released Their Thrash Classic “Master of Puppets” 35 Years Ago


Metallica released their Thrash Metal defining moment thirty-five years ago today with Master of Puppets (Elektra Records/Blackened Recordings). While 1986 gave us many legend-status albums from top-tier bands, this is still the one that stands above all the others. Taking the NWBHM influence of Kill Em All, and the improved thrash stylings and songcraft of Ride The Lightning, and moving leaps forward, MoP rules from start to finish. Sadly, this was to be their final album with Cliff Burton who died during the tour cycle promoting this album, but Master of Puppets is a genre classic through and through. Jam it loud and proud today! Continue reading


Metallica Takes The Top Five Slots in Billboard’s Vinyl Charts in The USA


has earned the top 5 best-selling vinyl album releases in the USA this week as ranked by Billboard on the strength of the six new vinyl reissues of the band’s albums at Walmart. The band the first artist to claim all top 5 slots of the vinyl sales chart since the chart’s debut in 2011. Continue reading


Metallica to Release Exclusive Color Vinyl Editions of their Classic Albums via Wal-Mart


Much banter has gone down in the press this year about the pandemic legit ruining the industry, but one band that seems somewhat bulletproof is Metallica. The biggest Rock/Metal band ever in terms of sales dominates streaming with 1 Billion Spotify streams in 2019 (the band has not released 2020 data yet) and over 6000 units (usually over 2k physical copies) of The Black Album alone sold weekly. They also sell tons of music via their website and www.metallicalive.com too and had a new release in 2020 with S & M2 (Blackened Recordings). Now the band is teaming up Wal-Mart for a series of limited edition color-vinyl variants of six albums: Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All, Metallica (aka The Black Album), and Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. Pre-orders are available now, with delivery expected in February of 2021!

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Ray Burton, Father of Late Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton, Has Passed away


Sad news as Ray Burton, father of the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, passed away on Wednesday, January 15. He was 94. Burton’s death was confirmed by his daughter and Cliff’s sister — Connie, who wrote in a social media post earlier today: “To let you all know that my Dad died last Wednesday. Rest in peace Dad.” As shown in Adam Dubin’s 2019 film Murder In The Front Row, Ray and his wife Jan encouraged Cliff to study classical music and take piano lessons, later buying him a bass for Christmas at age 13, after his brother Scott died. After forming the band Trauma in San Francisco, Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and performed on the band’s first three studio albums: Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets. He also co-wrote To Live Is to Die from …And Justice For All and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Metallica on April 4, 2009. Cliff died in the tragic bus accident that claimed his life on September 27 th, 1986. We send our sympathies out to Connie and the Burton and Metallica family as this difficult time. Continue reading