Acts also launch an official website in the build up to their LP launch

Metallica and Lou Reed have announced a release date for their forthcoming collaboration album.

The as-yet-untitled project will be released in the UK on October 31 and in the US on November 1. An official website for the project has also been launched featuring a photo of Reed with the band at Loureedmetallica.com.

Reed recently revealed that he and the thrash titans have re-recorded some of the music he wrote as a score for a musical version of German playwright Frank Wedekind’s Lulu for their project.

He also declared that the record was “maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever. It could create another planetary system. I’m not joking, and I’m not being egotistical.”

Tracks set to feature on the album include ‘Pumping Blood’ and ‘Mistress Dread’.

Metallica recently headlined the Sonisphere Festival last month. They were joined by Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer – as well as Diamond Head during their encore.