You can hear the much anticipated collaboration in full now

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Metallica and Lou Reed are streaming their new collaboration album ‘Lulu’ online in full at their official website Loureedmetallica.com.

The album, which is based around German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1913 play about the life of an abused dancer, is due for formal release on October 31, with the North American release following a day later on November 1, but is now available to be heard in full.

The LP, which has seen its cover art banned by Transport For London for looking “too much like graffiti”, was recently described by Metallica‘s guitarist Kirk Hammett as “one of the best things we’ve ever done” and Reed himself has been equally confident, calling ‘Lulu’: “One of the best things done by anyone, ever.”

Metallica will perform tracks from ‘Lulu’ with Reed on November 8 on Later… With Jools Holland.

Metallica and Lou Reed, ‘Lulu’ – First Listen