Billed as one album, 12 songs, and some 53 different artists, the reimagined collection features the likes of Corey Taylor, Ghost, Royal Blood, Pup, Weezer, Volbeat, The Hu, Dave Gahan, Elton John and so many more.
There was hefty speculation that something big from Metallica was in the works to mark the 30th anniversary of the band’s self-titled album, better known to the masses as The Black Album.
Now, the news is official and the world will be gifted with a colossal revisiting of the seminal work in a remastered edition of the LP that will feature guest contributions from 53 of music biggest, most exciting names.
The eclectic assembly of cohorts on the reimagined effort is an impressive roster of artists ranging from a broad spectrum of styles – heavy and not at all. Boasting serious star power with the likes of Elton John, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, Corey Taylor, Chris Stapleton and Miley Cyrus, the album also features buzz worthy contributors including Mac Demarco, White Reaper, Pup, Flatbush Zombies, Mon Laferte, Cherry Glazerr, and Idles.
The announcement of the anniversary remaster and reimagined edition were introduced with the much-discussed version of Nothing Else Matters that features Miley Cyrus, Elton John, WATT, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Metallica discussed the gravity of the project and the milestone it signifies. “With contributions from countries all over the globe from the U.S. to Nigeria, there are tracks from singer-songwriters, country artists, electronic, and hip-hop artists alongside punk rockers, indie darlings, icons of rock, metal, world music, and many, many more covering the entire spectrum from musicians we’ve shared the stage with, to some who were not even born yet when the original album was released!”
Metallica adds, “we wanted to show that Metallica’s music transcends genres, distance, and cultures, and we like to think that – with everyone’s help – we’ve done just that. It was important to us that the artists could choose whichever song they most connected to; it didn’t matter if we already had multiple versions of a song, if an artist wanted to cover that song, so be it. We were honored to have artists of this caliber want to be a part of the project and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed putting it all together!
In addition to celebrating such a monumental album, the ‘Blacklist’ box set will also serve a greater purpose with 100% of the profits going charity. The funds will be split between Metallica’s All Within My Hands initiative and the remaining revenue going to the artists charity of choice.
Both the remastered original LP and the reimagined edition arrive on September 10 via Blackened Recordings. Pre-orders for the pending box set are currently available – HERE
Watch the trailers for both the reimagined edition and the remastered version of the original album below.