As if unleashing a mega box set and genre-spanning tribute album wasn’t enough, Metallica is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal “Black Album” with a special podcast called, The Metallica Podcast.
The group announced the podcast on social media, teasing that the first of eight episodes will be “coming soon.” The teaser also referred to the upcoming episodes as “Volume One: The Black Album,” potentially leaving the door open for future seasons.
“This album was the right combination of songs, right combination of producer with the right combination of desire, tenacity, [and] lineup of ideas,” drummer Lars Ulrich shared in a teaser clip.
“The insanity that we do just to keep our own sanity, people identify with it and the fact that they’re not alone and we know that we’re not alone is what makes it all happen for me,” frontman James Hetfield said.
“I’ll just sit there and keep on playing for f__king 24 hours if I need to,” guitarist Kirk Hammett added with a laugh.
It’s been a busy month for the band, as they gear up for the deluxe reissue of “The Black Album,” which will be available in a variety of formats, including a super-deluxe version stuffed with demos, alternate mixes, and live recordings, among other bonuses – on September 10th.
Coinciding with that release, the band is also releasing The Metallica Blacklist, a compilation of 53 artists covering songs from the record. In addition to Miley Cyrus, Elton John, and Yo-Yo Ma who all collaborated on a rendition of “Nothing Else Matters,” other guest performers include Alessia Cara, Weezer, J Balvin, Phoebe Bridgers, and Chris Stapleton.
The band also recently announced they will be performing an “intimate” concert on November 4 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.