METALLICA have announced the “Metallica Marching Band Competition”, a national challenge to marching bands of all levels to craft their most exciting, unique, and impressive performances of some of the band’s most beloved songs
- Creeping Death
- Enter Sandman
- Fade To Black
- For Whom The Bell Tolls
- Hit The Lights
- Lux Æterna
- Master Of Puppets
- Sad But True
- Seek & Destroy
- The Unforgiven
- Wherever I May Roam
Bands will compete in the five categories listed below. High School and Collegiate winners will be narrowed down to five finalists by professional judges. The band will select the final prize winners in each category. Fan-favorite winners will be chosen by popular vote.
- Collegiate: Division 1 – $75,000 in prizing
- Collegiate: Division 2, 3 – $40,000 in prizing
- High School – $15,000 in prizing
- Fan Favorite: Collegiate (across all divisions) – $10,000 in prizing
- Fan Favorite: High School – $10,000 in prizing
The victors in each category will win musical instruments and equipment for their school programs at the values listed above, furnished by METALLICA and sponsors including Tama, KHS America, Zildjian, D’Addario and Gator, in partnership with Sweetwater.
Video submissions for the “Metallica Marching Band Competition” are due by November 16, 2023, with voting beginning on November 17, 2023. Winners will be selected on December 1, 2023.
For further information, go to metallicamarchingband.com.
“72 Seasons” will be released April 14 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track “72 Seasons” is METALLICA‘s first full-length collection of new material since 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct“. The album will be released in formats, including 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited-edition variants, CD and digital.