Metallica biography released as a comic book

Fans can pick from two cover designs illustrated by Avenged Sevenfold artist David A. Frizell

Metallica’s biography has been released as a comic book.

Titled Orbit: Metallica, the 28-page comic book has been written by Michael L. Frizell and illustrated by Jayfri Hashim and tells the story of the metal band’s formation and career.

Available now, fans are able to pick one of two cover designs illustrated by Avenged Sevenfold artist David A. Frizell.

An extract published online shows the first few pages for frontman James Hetfield’s story.

“Sabbath was everything that the 60s werent, you know?” his speech bubble reads. “Their music was cool because it was completely anti-hippie. Completely. I hated The Beatles. Jethro Tull. And all that other hippie shit. Life’s not like that.”

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Speaking in April this year, the band confirmed they were quarter of the way through a new album. Guitarist Kirk Hammett said that while the band have “a lot of good songs” and hundreds of riffs available, they are still yet to begin recording in earnest.

“The songs are ever-changing at this point, Hammett said. “Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material we have to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it’s hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project. I don’t think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we’re at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It’s hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we’re making plans to write more songs and record.”

Meanwhile, drummer Lars Ulrich recently claimed music streaming was not to blame for the decline of the music industry and that instead, it was down to music and musicians getting blander.

Speaking to BBC World Service, Ulrich said: “I believe streaming is good for music. People sit there and go, ‘I’m not getting paid very much for streaming’ but streaming is a choice on all fronts. It’s a choice for the fan to be part of… it’s a choice for the artists who are involved in making their music available on streaming services. It’s a choice by the record companies that represent the artist… 15 years ago those choices didn’t exist.”

“One of the main reasons I connect less with new music in my life now is because there’s less great new music to connect with,” the musician continued.

“I mean a lot of the stuff that’s been played is just regurgitated, this year’s flavour, this thing, but it’s not people on the leading edge like The Beatles or the Miles Davises or the Jimmy Hendrixes taking us all by the hand into these completely unknown, unchartered musical territories.”
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