Tickets are on sale now for METALLICA and Trafalgar Releasing’s worldwide listening party for the band’s upcoming 12th studio album, 72 Seasons

For one night only on Thursday, April 13, “72 Seasons” will play exclusively for cinema audiences worldwide — with every one of the new songs featuring its own music video and exclusive commentary from the band. Fans can also experience METALLICA like never before in Dolby Atmos, an audio experience that will immerse listeners inside each song to reveal details with unparalleled clarity and depth. Check or contact your local movie theater for ticketing information on this one-night-only event (in Dolby Atmos where available).

“Metallica: 72 Seasons – Global Premiere” will offer fans an unforgettable night as they see and hear “72 Seasons” first and fully on the eve of its April 14 release. View a “Metallica: 72 Seasons – Global Premiere” trailer below.

Preceded by the just-released “If Darkness Had A Son”, the “towering, imposing, unbreakably fortified” (Revolver) new track “Screaming Suicide” and first single “Lux Æterna” — hailed upon its November 28, 2022 release as “thundering, breakneck” (Billboard),”gut-punching” (Rolling Stone) and “blistering” (USA Today) — “72 Seasons” will be released April 14 via METALLICA‘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 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited-edition variants, CD digital, and in Dolby Atmos (streaming where available).

The “72 Seasons” global premiere sees METALLICA and Trafalgar joining forces once more, having previously worked together on the October 2019 worldwide cinematic release of “S&M²”, which documented METALLICA and San Francisco Symphony reuniting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their original “S&M” (Symphony & Metallica) concerts and releases.

METALLICA just released the official Tim Saccenti-directed music video for the new song “If Darkness Had A Son” which can be seen below.

The full track comes days after METALLICA used TikTok‘s duet function to tease out instrumental portions of the new tune, with drummer Lars Ulrich, bassist Robert Trujillo, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett all gradually adding their parts.

As for the inspiration for the “72 Seasons” album title, James Hetfield said in a recent interview: “’72 Seasons’ came out of a book I was reading about childhood, basically, and sorting out childhood as an adult. And 72 seasons is basically the first 18 years of your life. How do you evolve and grow and mature and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons? Some things are more difficult than others — you know, some things you can’t unsee and they’re with you for the rest of your life, and other things you’re able to rewind the tape and make a new tape in your life. So that’s the real interesting part for me, is how you’re able to address those situations as an adult and mature.”

In other recent news, February 24th of 2023 marked the 20-year anniversary of bassist Robert Trujillo joining METALLICA. The band commemorated the occasion by sharing a photo from 20 years ago, along with the caption: “20 years of @robtrujillo and counting! Our brother joined the band #OnThisDay in 2003.”

Trujillo also posted about the milestone anniversary, sharing a pic of him with the band with the accompanying message: “Crazy to think it’s been 20 incredible years since James [Hetfield] picked me up from Oakland Airport with Lars [Ulrich] and Kirk [Hammett] as passengers in his big white truck…Lol, that night changed my life forever.

“Much Love to Lars, James, and Kirk and to the best frikin fans on the planet for the respect, love and support you’ve given me, I can’t wait to take the stage again with my brothers very soon! Peace! And I love you all”.

Trujillo joined METALLICA on February 24, 2003, two years after the departure of bassist Jason Newsted. Robert had already been familiar with his future bandmates since SUICIDAL TENDENCIES supported METALLICA during the “Nowhere Else to Roam” tour in 1993, and again during the “Shit Hits the Sheds” Tour one year later. Trujillo’s audition and hiring were captured for the documentary film “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster“.

Photo credit: Tim Saccenti


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