Metallica set to release album with Lou Reed

Metal legends confirm they have just finished full LP with the former Velvet Underground man

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Metallica confirmed last night (June 15) that they have completed work on a full album in collaboration with Lou Reed.

The San Francisco metal titans, who had said earlier in the year that the recording sessions they were undertaking were not for "a project that was 100% Metallica", have now published details of the recordings on their official website Metallica.com. The band have said they revealed the sessions were taking place after Reed was spotted entering their studio.

The band wrote: "We are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed."

They continued: "Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at Madison Square Garden in October 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months."

"In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week."

The band did not give a tentative release date for the album or indicate in what format the collaboration would be released.

Metallica headline Sonisphere Festival on July 8 at Knebworth Park as part of their world tour with Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth.

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