Metallica and Lou Reed Finished Recording Collaborative Album
An odd and unpredicted collaboration, Metallica and Lou Reed finished recording an album together recently. Although Reed was seen entering the heavy metal band’s recording studio a few months earlier, Metallica announced the news officially last night on their website: “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.”
The band had been toying around with this idea since 2009, after they backed Reed on two of his classic songs at Madison Square Garden. 10 songs, as a result, were recorded over the past few months, but the album, as of yet, has neither a title nor a release date. The band wrote on their website: “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.”
According to RollingStone.com, two of the songs from the recording sessions are titled “Pumping Blood” and “Mistress Dread.” Although the titles sound like typical Metallica fare, Reed composed the songs and the heavy metal group arranged them. In an interview with RollingStone.com, Lars Ulrich mentions about the songwriting and recording process: "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 […] is it feels like we cannot land on a wrong place."(
Reed agreed: “"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.’ "(
Although all recording has been completed, the project is only 90-percent finished. Because neither Metallica nor Reed is signed to a label at the moment, however, fans may need to wait for the album to be released.
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