Metallica have teamed up with Amazon for a new podcast, beginning with an eight-episode series on “The Black Album” later this month. It’s a perfect time to dive into the backstory of the seminal 1991 album, which turns 30 on August 12th.
Update – August 13th: A press release reveals that The Metallica Podcast will premiere on August 20th, and will not only feature current members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, but also former bassist Jason Newsted, producer Bob Rock, and nearly 40 other voices, including fellow musicians like Rob Halford and Alice Cooper, touring personnel, music critics, friends, and many more.
“A living, breathing sonic blender of a podcast,” an official description reads. “Over eight episodes, we’ll celebrate the re-release of ‘The Black Album’ (‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘Nothing Else Matters’), and the incredible band that made it. This is more than a ‘Making Of’ look at the album. It’s the story of James, Lars, and Kirk — not just how the album got made, but why.”
The eight episodes centered on “The Black Album” make up Volume 1 of The Metallica Podcast, implying the band’s other classic album’s will get similar treatments in the future.
The announcement adds to a massive 30th anniversary celebration of “The Black Album.” The band is readying a comprehensive box set, due out September 10th. In addition, The Metallica Blacklist charity covers comp comes out the same day and is also setting up to be an entertaining collection, with artists such as Weezer and Miley Cyrus taking on “Black Album” cuts in their own style.
Metallica have also added to their handful of fall live shows, recently announcing a November 4th date at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. The concert is presented by Blackened American Whiskey, the band’s own signature whiskey brand.
Listen to a teaser of The Metallica Podcast below via the player below, and look for it on August 20th at one of the streaming services listed here.