Metallica launch own record label Blackened Recordings

New agreement means metallers own all of their master recordings

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Metallica have launched their own record label.

In a statement published on their website, the iconic metallers announced that they have now set up Blackened Recordings and have taken ownership of all of their master recordings, including every current album and video they have recorded. They will also release all future recordings under the label.

The move signals the end of their 28-year relationship with Warner Music Group. Speaking about the decision in a statement, the band said: "You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it's always been about us taking control of all things."

They added:

Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny. We're looking forward to making more music and getting it all out to you in our own unique way.


Earlier this week (November 29), Metallica unveiled the first trailer ahead of the release of their new live DVD Quebec Magnetic, which is due for release on December 10 - scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch it.

The tracklisting, which was voted for by fans on Metallica's website, is as follows:

'That Was Just Your Life'?
'The End Of The Line'?
'The Four Horsemen'?
'The Shortest Straw'?
'One'?
'Broken, Beat & Scarred'?
'My Apocalypse'?
'Sad But True'?
'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'?
'The Judas Kiss'?
'The Day That Never Comes'?
'Master of Puppets'?
'Battery'?
'Nothing Else Matters'?
'Enter Sandman'?
'Killing Time'?
'Whiplash'?
'Seek & Destroy'

Bonus Songs?:
'For Whom the Bell Tolls'?
'Holier Than Thou'?
'Cyanide'?
'Turn the Page'?
'All Nightmare Long'?
'Damage, Inc.'?
'Breadfan'?
'Phantom Lord'


Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently confirmed that the metallers will start work on their new album, the follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic', "soon".

"Right now, we're kind of preoccupied with dealing with this 3D movie that we shot up in Canada last month," he said. "But once we're done with that, we're going to start hunkering down and putting riffs together. That's all going to happen soon. When asked whether Rick Rubin would be on production duties again, he said: "I really don't have an answer about Rick Rubin, although his name certainly comes up."

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