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Albums Of The Week: Metallica | 72 Seasons

Chugging riffs. Endless songs. Self-help gibberish. Suspiciously precise drumming. Yep, it's another Metallica album — for better and sometimes worse. But at least it has solos.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Yes, you read that correctly,” Metallica said in a joint statement. “We have completed recording at HQ, and our 12th studio album is coming your way! It’s been six years since Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, so we think it’s about time for some new music — 12 tracks totaling over 77 minutes, produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James Hetfield and Lars Lurich.

Is there a special meaning to the title? Hetfield explains it: “72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”

The album package was once again conceived and art directed by acclaimed designer David Turner and his team. David, who won a Grammy for his work on Death Magnetic, is the man behind the look and feel of all Metallica’s recent releases, including Through The Never, S&M2, and Hardwired.”


Photo by Tim Saccenti.