Watch Metallica announce themselves as Record Store Day 2016 ambassadors

Metal titans confirm involvement with playful video message

Metallica have today (February 23) released a video announcing that they are the official ambassadors of Record Store Day 2016.

James Hetfield, Robert Trujilo, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich uploaded an official video explaining their involvement as figureheads for this year’s initiative. Aside from the band talking about their love of music discovery through vinyl, Lars Ulrich also goes for a few re-takes in the light hearted video. Watch it below.

According to Brave Words, the band’s cassette-issued demos collection, ‘No Life Til Leather’, was crowned as Record Store Day 2015’s highest seller. To mark Record Store Day and pay homage to the victims of Paris Terrorist attacks, Metallica will also release a special live album to coincide with Record Store Day’s French counterpart, Disquaire Day.

‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003’ will be released via CD format featuring a live recording from the now infamous club, with the band, Record Store Day and independent record stores donating proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s ‘Give For France’ charity.

Earlier this month, guitarist Kirk Hammett gave an update on when fans can expect their new album, where he revealed they are “slogging away” on the follow-up 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’.

Metallica last week (February 18) said that they will reissue their first two albums ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and ‘Ride The Lightning’ in April to coincide with Record Store Day.

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Both albums have been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in three formats – CD, vinyl, and Deluxe Box set.

Both Deluxe Box sets include original source material from the band’s personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings, along with books including rare photos and essays from those present on their musical journey.
 
The ‘Ride The Lightning’ box set will also include a deluxe book complete with more unseen photos, a mini-book of lyrics handwritten by James Hetfield and a set of three posters. 

The Deluxe Box sets are limited edition collectors’ items. Check out Metallica.com for the full package details and track listing.

Fans can pre-order both Deluxe Box sets at the Met Store now and all six new items will also be available at your local record store on Friday, April 15, just in time for Record Store Day.

He explained to Rolling Stone: “[It’s] moving at a pace that allows us to live our lives and not have our lifestyles change too much,” adding that Metallica have “a bunch of songs, more than enough songs”, but none are finished.