Metallica Starts Record Label, Blackened Recordings
These days, it’s a cross-genre career achievement, almost a stepping stone to better credibility, for an act to start a record label. Over the past year, artists from David Guetta to Katy Perry have announced such intentions, and now Metallica is officially joining the group.
This week, the long-standing heavy metal band revealed Blackened Recordings. At the same time, Metallica revealed they are assuming ownership of all master recordings, encompassing both video and music, as part of a 1994 contract deal with Warner Bros. Essentially, they’re finishing their relationship with the label.
Regarding the two-part announcement, drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement: "It's always been about control for us as a band. Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100 percent control and putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny."
Fans won’t have to wait long for a new release, either. Coming up in over a week is their Quebec Magnetic live DVD. Footage is taken from two 2009 performances for the World Magnetic Shows in Quebec City. The DVD drops December 10.
Along with this news, a new album is in the works. Perhaps as a quick response to the extremely polarizing Lulu, Metallica is focused on putting together a new release. Lars Ulrich, earlier this year, told the press: “[W]e're going to basically just concentrate on new music and trying to get another Metallica record will be the priority. I mean, it's an amazing thing, 31 years into a career, to be able to be as busy as we are and for people to give a s***."
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