Metallica have released the performance of their classic song ‘Blackened’ recorded under lockdown. Initially, the footage appeared informally on the band’s social media channels accompanied by the message, “Here’s a little something we cooked up over the last few days. Hope you’re all safe & sound. Have a great weekend”, but now the video is officially available and you can watch it below.
‘Blackened’, a song about the destruction of the environment, originally featured on the band’s 1988 album …And Justice For All. It was the only track from the album to feature a writing credit for then-new bassist Jason Newsted.
Earlier this week, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band could possibly record an album this year, telling Salesforce, “All four of us are in four different locations in four different states right now. But one topic of conversation on these weekly sessions is what does it look like going forward? What will the next couple of months look like? What will the rest of the year look like?
“And what will the next decade look like in terms of how do we create, how do we write music, how do we record music, how do we share music, and how is it all going to look with the uncertainties ahead of us.”
He adds: “As we sit here, we go, ‘Maybe in a month or two from now, is there a chance that the four of us can be together maybe at our studio here in northern California, if the quarantine and stay-at-home orders subside?’”
Metallica are currently sharing live shows from their archive every Monday, the most recent being an epic ‘Black Album’ performance filmed in Austria in 1991.
Also in Metallica news, the band recently announced their ‘All Within My Hands Month Of Giving’ during the month of May. According to reports in Rolling Stone, among the charities that Metallica will support during their ‘Month Of Giving’ are Feeding America, which partners with food banks around the United States; Crew Nation, Live Nation’s initiative to provide relief to touring and venue crews; the United States Bartenders Guild Foundation, which benefits bar workers and people in the service industries; and Direct Relief, which aims to support medical professionals and first responders across the U.S.