Metallica announce 12th studio album and upcoming world tour

Metallica makes music again and goes on tour.

In a press release posted on the group’s website, they announced the upcoming release of “72 Seasons”, their 12th studio album, and the accompanying world tour, titled “M72”. The first single from the album, “Lux Æterna”, has already been released.

While Metallica have reissued some of their classic songs, as well as a live album with the San Francisco Symphony and commissioned cover albums with singers like Phoebe Bridgers and Weezer, this is their first full album with new music since the 2016 release of “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.”

“72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that shape our true or false selves,” Metallica singer James Hetfield said of the album’s name. “The concept that our parents told us ‘who we are’. A possible classification around the type of personality we are.

He continued: “I think the most interesting part of it all is the continued study of these core beliefs and how they affect our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is a re-enactment or reaction to those childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free from those bondages we bear.”

Metallica have announced a new album to be released in 2023, with the lead single already receiving positive feedback from fans.
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Metallica recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity when their song “Master of Puppets” was featured on a season four episode of Netflix’s hit show, “Stranger Things.” Although the song was originally released in 1986, it reached number one on the iTunes Rock Chart, was 29 on the Tunes chart for all music, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.

“It was another one of those ‘must be that song’ moments,” Nora Felder, the show’s music supervisor, told Variety. “This part of the story was to be a pivotal and particularly hair-raising scene in which Eddie heroically stood up for the fight of his life. I believe the Duffer brothers felt that playing ‘puppet master’ throughout the extended scene was a clear choice.No other songs were discussed further, and we skipped to clear it up right away.

In addition to announcing their new album, the group also announced a tour, “M72”, to accompany the album. On their world tour, the band will visit 22 cities, performing over 40 shows.

The band also announced that they will be touring for the first time since 2016, traveling to 22 cities around the world.

The band also announced that they will be touring for the first time since 2016, traveling to 22 cities around the world.
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As part of the tour, Metallica will perform for two nights in each city, promising performances that will feature different setlists each night. In order to fully enjoy the experience, fans will have the option of purchasing tickets for both nights or just one, with fans under 16 benefiting from a discounted price.

Two-day tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, December 2, and one-day tickets are scheduled to go on sale January 20. The presale is scheduled to start on Wednesday, November 30.


A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the All Within My Hands Foundation, which was started by the band members themselves in 2017. The foundation strives to bring positive change to communities by helping food banks, through Feeding America, and by creating their own initiatives, such as Metallica Scholars, to promote education.

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will go to the band's foundation, All Within My Hands.

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will go to the band’s foundation, All Within My Hands.
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“72 Seasons” is set to be released on April 14, 2023.

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