Thrash giants release details of studio project which has yielded ten tracks with “true innovator” and “influential songwriter and performer”

Metallica and Lou Reed

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Metallica have recorded a ten-track album with art-rock pioneer Lou Reed.

The project was first hinted at when guitarist Kirk Hammett mentioned an “album which isn’t really a Metallica album” at the beginning of the year.

Now the thrash giants have revealed the recording process was completed last week following several months of on-and-off sessions.

No title or release date has been confirmed for the album, but Metallica say: “Ever since we have the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, we’ve 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. We have indeed been working at our home studio in San Rafael 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. We’re not exactly sure when you’ll hear it but we’re beyond excited to share with you.”

The band say Reed, 69, is “a true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians and performers in rock music history.”

Reed began his career as a house songwriter for Pickwick Records in 1963 before forming the Velvet Underground the following year with John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Mo Tucker. He left in 1970 but the band’s debut release has been named 13th greatest album of all time and the “most prophetic rock album ever” by Rolling Stone, and the band have been ranked the 19th among the greatest artists of all time.

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