Hetfield in 2017. (c) Christian Sarkine

Metallica Announce Black Album Anniversary Reinterpretation

Metallica are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their iconic Black Album with a remaster of the record alongside a very special reimagining by more than 50 artists.

The likes of IDLES, Elton John and Miley Cyrus are among the artists who will put their own spin on the iconic metal album, which goes under the name The Metallica Blacklist. Ghost, Dermot Kennedy and Weezer will also appear with their own reimagined versions. Speaking of the release, James Hetfield and co. said the following: “With contributions from countries all over the globe from the U.S. to Nigeria, there are tracks from singer-songwriters, country artists, electronic, and hip-hop artists alongside punk rockers, indie darlings, icons of rock, metal, world music, and many, many more covering the entire spectrum from musicians we’ve shared the stage with, to some who were not even born yet when the original album was released!”

All of the profits from The Blacklist go to charity, namely the band’s own All Within My Hands Foundation. “In addition to raising money for charity, we wanted to show that Metallica’s music transcends genres, distance, and cultures, and we like to think that – with everyone’s help – we’ve done just that. It was important to us that the artists could choose whichever song they most connected to; it didn’t matter if we already had multiple versions of a song, if an artist wanted to cover that song, so be it. We were honored to have artists of this caliber want to be a part of the project and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed putting it all together!” add the band.

The Metallica Blacklist comes out on 10 September. Pre-order your copy here and check out the teaser below.