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Metallica has said in recent interviews that they are excited to start writing music again for a new album, and that they will likely work with producer Rick Rubin for their next effort. But it came as a bit of a surprise when Metallica revealed that they have recently recorded an entire collaboration album with Lou Reed, though they're not sure when it will come out.
"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," the band said in a statement posted on Metallica.com. "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."
In a separate interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Ulrich explained of the project, "I don't think we've ever felt this free. There's nothing that's totally outside of the boundary for us, nothing that feels like 'Oh, what happens if we go there?' The strength of [us and Reed together] is it feels like we cannot land on a wrong place."
"They're bringing Metallica, with all that power," Reed added. "And because they're pretty sophisticated, wherever I go, they're still with me."
Reed and the band had originally planned to cut an album of his older material, but that changed a week before Reed showed up at the studio. Instead, he called the group and proposed that they record songs he'd written for Lulu, a theatrical production of stories by German author Frank Wedekind, which is currently running in Berlin. From there, Metallica started writing parts built from vocal rhythms and electronic patterns on Reed's demos, and the result is something quite different for both artists.
Meanwhile, Metallica will spend the summer playing European festivals, not to mention their next "Big 4" show on September 14 at Yankee Stadium with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. They also are slated for Brazil's Rock In Rio on September 25 and their first-ever show in India on October 28.