Metallica and Lou Reed reveal secret collaboration on full-length album

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You read that right: Modern metal’s founding fathers Metallica (left) have recorded an album with alt-rock godfather Lou Reed (not pictured due to shyness).

Although it seems like a curious combination at first—Stephanie Says Kill ‘Em All? Master of Taking a Walk on the Wild Side? Romeo Had Juliette After Entering Sandman?—Reed was the first major rocker to release an album of uncompromising (and almost unlistenable) noise rock with 1975’s Metal Machine Music. So maybe this combination was inevitable. Plus, the Velvet Underground had an album called Loaded: Was it a spiritual precursor to Metallica’s ’90s albums Load and ReLoad? (Answer: no.)

According to a statement on Metallica’s website, Lou and the boys have been “kicking around the idea of making a record together” since they shared the stage for the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a couple years ago. Here’s the full statement:

A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that’s “not really 100 percent a Metallica record.” While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.

Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together.  Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months.  In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we’re not exactly sure when you’ll hear it, we’re beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week.

A true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou’s work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers.  We can’t wait for you to listen to the finished record, so as we like to hear ourselves say around here, keep watching this spot for updates… we’ll be back with more details as they come together.

What do you think of this match? For my money, Lou Reed’s best work in the last decade has been with Antony Hegarty. Maybe this odd pairing will bring out the best in him too.

As for the lyrics, fingers crossed for something along the lines of, “It’s such a perfect day/I want to dub thee unforgiven.”

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  • Shakespeare

    The METAL god’s have cried a tear drop of blood!

    • Jay

      As have your English Composition teachers.

      • SmartPotato

        Good one, Jay… although, “composition” isn’t capitalized in this statement, either :)

      • wils

        English Composition is a subject name, so it would be capitalized.

      • queuebert

        Not so sure about that.

        Class names? Sure: I’m thinking of signing up for Chemistry 101.

        Subject names? Not so much: I’m thinking of taking a Chemistry class.

      • Ray

        This is a question of style, not grammar. There is no definitive right answer. What matters is that whatever style you choose is used consistently.

      • blaine

        I never would have expected a thread on proper grammar in a Metallica posting of all places.

        So Rock n’ ROLLL!!!!!

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      • Chris

        Composition could be capitalized, if referring to a composition class. I teach English Composition and Writing at a university; my students would certainly refer to me as their English Composition professor.

        I’m just happy to participate in a grammar thread relating to a Metallica/Lou Reed article.

  • shi

    you know that this endeavor is gonna lick balls!

    • SmartPotato

      No WAY. Metallica’s needed a push from other talent for a while… they’ve been a little vanilla lately.

      • Sandra

        We need Beavis and Butthead to make a comeback!

      • Everyday American

        @Sandra: They are!

  • Tom

    It just makes me want to hop on my music file sharing software and share some music with people I do not know.

    • Nick

      I hear you. I just downloaded their entire discography on bittorent. What a score!

  • Steve

    Waiting for Ozzy to make a CD with Alan Parsons now..*fingers crossed”

    • bobert

      LOL thats so awesome.

  • Pablo

    I always imagined Lars being everybodies darling in the backroom giving head.

    • SmartPotato

      everybody’s

  • Sharon Bootlegs

    “Romeo Had Juliette After Entering Sandman.”

    Most appropriate when it comes to Metallica. Let me go find my S&M drink coaster now.

  • elGiblet

    Wow… a whole bunch of has-beens collaborating… and then they drag down Lou Reed with them :(

  • ks

    I like Metallica :) Kick some …
    Metallica doesn’t get the credit they are due, helped Hammerfall, Apocliptica and many others get noticeed in the US market

    • mrhapiguy

      who?

  • dan

    too bad metallica is not good anymore.

    • SmartPotato

      Maybe this will help… I say they give “Garage Days” to Reed with a nice baggie of mushrooms, and re-group in a month.

  • metal animal

    I welcome this mix and hope they will put something out like Reed’s Rock N Roll Animal album that still kicks buttocks. My fear is that some experimental crap can happen as they are all capable of a bad opinion of what is good to hear. Cheers.

  • Karen

    I’m excited… I never got into Metal… Have always loved Lou Reed… This get together will be interesting…
    Standin in the corner suit case in my hand… I’m ready to come see y’al live… ooxx

  • G

    What??

    And the colored girls go, doo, da doo exit light, enter night……….

  • Dibbels

    I’m just glad Metallica isn’t sitting around doing nothing, laying on their huge piles of money and smoking pot.

  • John R

    Metallica has been an absolute joke for close to two decades now. I’m surprised that Lou Reed lowered himself to this, but I’m actually curious.

  • Jamie McCarthy

    Metallica needs a push alright, a push off a cliff. Or at the least a drummer who isn’t too busy speed dialing his lawyers to keep a proper beat.

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