Metallica - 72 Seasons (New Album April 2023)

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Metallica has confirmed the title and release date of its forthcoming 12th studio album: 72 Seasons will be available April 14, 2023 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with founding members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track album is Metallica’s first full length collection of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Speaking on the concept of the album title, James Hetfield said: “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.”

Track listing:

72 Seasons
Shadows Follow
Screaming Suicide
Sleepwalk My Life Away
You Must Burn!
Lux Æterna
Crown of Barbed Wire
Chasing Light
If Darkness Had a Son
Too Far Gone?
Room of Mirrors
Inamorata

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:40 (two months ago) link

Of course it comes wrapped in the worst album cover of their career, and I'm including Lulu:

https://www.metallica.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-Metallica-Library/default/dwb70f835e/images/releases/72-seasons.jpg

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:43 (two months ago) link

*shrug*

StanM, Monday, 28 November 2022 15:46 (two months ago) link

Lulu has a great cover

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:48 (two months ago) link

Lux Aeterna rips. Cynics be damned.

A. Begrand, Monday, 28 November 2022 15:49 (two months ago) link

Lulu has a great cover

Yeah, and it's a great album too. Lou Reed was a genius. *eyeroll emoji* *shooting-self-in-face emoji* (if there isn't one, there should be)

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:50 (two months ago) link

Xpost Wow. Yes, it's fucking great.

A little NWOBHM flavor

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:51 (two months ago) link

I dunno, I think this is a better album cover than their last one.

MarkoP, Monday, 28 November 2022 15:52 (two months ago) link

Song is nice, kind of a Motorhead vibe

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:52 (two months ago) link

xpost Yeah, seriously

insane oatmeal raisin cookie posse (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:53 (two months ago) link

I dunno, I think this is a better album cover than their last one.

The Hardwired cover was also bad. But at least bad in a dumb metal-dudes way. This one looks like a "lol what if the Minions were in a monster-baby horror movie?" Twitter meme.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:55 (two months ago) link

was hoping 72 Seasons meant they were going to cover songs featuring the word Seasons, like "Seasons in the Sun" or "Seasons in the Abyss"

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:55 (two months ago) link

I don't even buy physical albums anymore so if the album cover is a literal dog turd, it's w/e to me.

though tbh I will probably buy a physical of this

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:56 (two months ago) link

(I buy digital albums, I don't just stream everything )

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 15:56 (two months ago) link

xxp: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

peace, man, Monday, 28 November 2022 15:58 (two months ago) link

This is all extremely Metallica, in an ideal way

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 28 November 2022 16:08 (two months ago) link

Those drums are gridded up to fuck, Lars is gonna struggle to be that tight when they tour again.

MaresNest, Monday, 28 November 2022 16:18 (two months ago) link

I mean, that's the story of his life. he's always a little sloppy live but it's fine

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 16:25 (two months ago) link

I guess it's appropriate since it's an album about childhood by a band of 60-year-olds, but man, those are some anachronistic toys.

Not even mentioning the gun or knife or whatevers.

pplains, Monday, 28 November 2022 16:37 (two months ago) link

I still wanna know how Lars and Dave smoked hash through a hole in the ground.

MaresNest, Monday, 28 November 2022 16:38 (two months ago) link

cover art looks like some post hardcore math rocky thing which would be cool

lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), Monday, 28 November 2022 16:55 (two months ago) link

Lol, good luck riding those kick drums, Lars. Prepare to cue the sample.

I dunno, this sounds pretty generic boogie metal, like Racer X or something, but I guess I don't mind.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 28 November 2022 18:06 (two months ago) link

My super Metallica-fan coworker sez: "Sounds well produced, isn't out of their depth, little bit of New Wave of British Heavy Metal inspiration"

"Mick Wall at Kerrang!" (morrisp), Monday, 28 November 2022 18:09 (two months ago) link

Hetfield's vocal is pitch-corrected to such a degree it's actually distracting.

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Monday, 28 November 2022 18:14 (two months ago) link

Lol yeah that long-held high note in the chorus is really pushing it

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 28 November 2022 18:33 (two months ago) link

This is ok, not an embarrassment and at this stage in Metallica's career "not an embarrassment" is pretty much an acceptable state of affairs. I note from Wikipedia that James' son is a drummer, maybe it's time they took him out on tour as Lars-backup as a precursor to shifting the line-up entirely to their offspring once the rest of them come of age.

fretblanket is a band that really didn't need to reform (Matt #2), Monday, 28 November 2022 18:59 (two months ago) link

Greg Fidelman has an interesting engineering/mixing history, Adele, Toploader, Slipknot, Slayer, The Gossip, Supergrass, Neil Diamond

MaresNest, Monday, 28 November 2022 19:09 (two months ago) link

Drums so quantized it sounds like 80s ZZ Top

assert (matttkkkk), Monday, 28 November 2022 19:21 (two months ago) link

hardwired was fuckin great, really looking forward to this

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 28 November 2022 19:22 (two months ago) link

If Darkness Had a Son

lmao at this song title though

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 28 November 2022 19:23 (two months ago) link

ok have now heard "lux œterna" and yes doing a straight up throwback to their roots feels great, sounds good on them, fuckin' hyped for the record

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 28 November 2022 20:00 (two months ago) link

The Autotune on James's voice has been really annoying for years. They even used it heavily on S&M, he sounded so robotic

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 20:09 (two months ago) link

These guys are still making albums?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 28 November 2022 20:11 (two months ago) link

Nope just fake albums

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 20:11 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsS5nw-U0iU

consider: james without autotune

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 28 November 2022 20:14 (two months ago) link

have zero interest in seeing these guys live but it's pretty, i dunno, neat? enterprising? something? that their upcoming tour is a 2-night ticket type of deal

Murgatroid, Monday, 28 November 2022 20:17 (two months ago) link

Cocktails and canapés with Metallica

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 28 November 2022 20:19 (two months ago) link

I feel like the cover would be kind of cool if they took off the big M in the top right hand corner

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 28 November 2022 21:51 (two months ago) link

why'd they break the crib

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 28 November 2022 22:03 (two months ago) link

The instrumental part is actually very satisfying but everything about the vocals from the sound to the melody (minus the part where he says the track name which is actually p good) is dogshit

zacata, Monday, 28 November 2022 22:05 (two months ago) link

Cocktails and canapés with Metallica

https://i.redd.it/mi9my1snwrr21.jpg

Master of Treacle, Monday, 28 November 2022 22:17 (two months ago) link

I liked Kirk's solo in the new song

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 28 November 2022 22:33 (two months ago) link

Going on the cover art, I’m looking forward to some ‘03 Dizzee Rascal influenced NWOBHM bangers

Fix up-ah
Whoao-oh look sharp-ah

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:02 (two months ago) link

The tones are pretty solid but it's still somehow dorky

It's probably Scientology propaganda

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:38 (two months ago) link

There's a very long and well-written for what it is profile of Metallica in the new issue of The New Yorker. It must have taken forfuckingever to write — there are quotes from all four current bandmembers, Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted, Scott Ian, Ozzy Osbourne and probably some people I'm forgetting, and the writer (Amanda Petrusich) follows the band all over the place, to multiple concerts, rehearsals, and more — but the tone it takes, and its baked-in presumption that the New Yorker readership needs introducing to one of the five biggest bands on Earth, who would never sully their delicate shell-pink ears with rock and roll music, never mind heavy metal... it's kinda hilarious.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 29 November 2022 01:40 (two months ago) link

That’s the standard New Yorker tone, though… they’d write about Swiss cheese that way.

"Mick Wall at Kerrang!" (morrisp), Tuesday, 29 November 2022 03:59 (two months ago) link

"This cheese has an unusual, remarkable feature: bubbles."

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 04:06 (two months ago) link

Not too bad, thought I caught a Diamond Head nod in the lyrics as well, makes sense given the NWOBHM vibe.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 29 November 2022 06:07 (two months ago) link

Yeah, it's actually cute how Hey alludes to "Lightning to the Nations", pretty much admitting that he's well aware of the resemblance to that track.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 12:14 (two months ago) link

It must have taken forfuckingever to write

Amanda posted that it took a year.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 13:38 (two months ago) link

The music is well crafted but unexciting. The vocals are goofy even for Het, lyrics are awful.

chap, Wednesday, 30 November 2022 08:33 (two months ago) link

Like Hardwired, I'll listen to the new album twice and conclude it's ok.

chap, Wednesday, 30 November 2022 08:34 (two months ago) link

I thought the New Yorker piece was pretty disappointing, tbh. She's a great writer, one of my favorites, but I was not convinced by the angle. Though I suppose a problem could be that in 2022, what the fuck are you even supposed to write about Metallica?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 2 December 2022 14:10 (two months ago) link

Like Hardwired, I'll listen to the new album twice and conclude it's ok.


Lol in my case like St Anger I’ll ignore it for several years and then listen to it and determine it’s okay

lets hear some blues on those synths (brimstead), Friday, 2 December 2022 21:52 (two months ago) link

St Anger was the first album I bought at midnight and put for sale on eBay at 2 am

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Friday, 2 December 2022 21:59 (two months ago) link

They've pushed and pulled the fundamentals of the music around in various ways over the years, but I wonder quite what is there left to say when you more or less wrote the book with your first few records, been the biggest rock band, toured the world loads of times.

A collab record with Peter Brötzmann, Colin Stetson, or Yamantaka Eye would probably kick ass, but the fanbase would get all huffy and confused.

MaresNest, Friday, 2 December 2022 22:02 (two months ago) link

Lux Aeterna kinda rips? I loove how fast it is and i love Kirk’s solo. Soundwise to me it’s still in the same world as the last album, like they left it off bc too fast, but i guess i hear a little nwobhm in there too

idg what the title means or why theyre singing about it but i don’t think that it matters

the album cover looks pretty uh dumb to me but you can’t win them all

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 December 2022 01:54 (two months ago) link

Bunch of assholes.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 3 December 2022 01:56 (two months ago) link

Xpost it's about the thread on I Love AFL

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 December 2022 02:05 (two months ago) link

lol

mr veg and i were idly speculating on the album title & i was like well 72 divided by 4 is 18 maybe it’s like 18 albums and he was all maybe they mean concert seasons outdoor & stadium (cue me laughing and eyerolling)

then this from hetfield soooo i guess the meaning is “i’ve been doing a LOT of therapy”

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.
— James Hetfield (2022)

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 December 2022 02:09 (two months ago) link

Prisoners probing possible personality pigeonholing.

"Mick Wall at Kerrang!" (morrisp), Saturday, 3 December 2022 02:42 (two months ago) link

can't kill 'em all.

pplains, Saturday, 3 December 2022 03:23 (two months ago) link

:(

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 December 2022 03:40 (two months ago) link

I don't like the new lyrics to "Dyer's Eve"

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 December 2022 05:12 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

New song - "Screaming Suicide". Sounds like something they'd have written around the time of Death Magnetic; it has that same thrash-boogie feel. But the sound is crisper than Death Magnetic's was. Also, Hetfield has lost a bunch of weight and looks creepy now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDyDpdFZHBo

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 19 January 2023 23:22 (two weeks ago) link

I'm definitely feeling this a lot less than Lux Aeturna

fentanyl young (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 January 2023 23:27 (two weeks ago) link

It's unmemorable in the most literal sense — I've already forgotten how it goes. But at least it's fast, and I'll wind up listening to the album a thousand times just like I've done with Death Magnetic and Hardwired..., so it'll sink in eventually.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 19 January 2023 23:33 (two weeks ago) link

This sounds like so much generic stuff that would just fill space during "Headbanger's Ball" in the '90s.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 January 2023 01:03 (two weeks ago) link

Also, Hetfield has lost a bunch of weight and looks creepy now.

How can you tell through all the Vaseline smeared on the camera lens?

Vexatious litigant (morrisp), Friday, 20 January 2023 01:20 (two weeks ago) link

Director: "Ok, now make one of those crazy Metallica grimaces, you know the ones, the ones you always do? The ones that look like you are both constipated and also very angry? Do one of those!"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 January 2023 02:11 (two weeks ago) link

I'm too afraid I'll be disappointed to press play.

I can't tell if he's trolling or not (ilxor), Friday, 20 January 2023 05:30 (two weeks ago) link

I'm pretty gutted that the year I might finally see Metallica live is one in which they'll be releasing a new album.

chap, Friday, 20 January 2023 09:45 (two weeks ago) link

This sounds like so much generic stuff that would just fill space during "Headbanger's Ball" in the '90s.

to me this is like a 5-star review

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 20 January 2023 11:19 (two weeks ago) link

Butt metal.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 January 2023 12:44 (two weeks ago) link

i preferred the first single

i don’t dislike it & its fine for standard metallica - they’ve been doing versions of this song since Load. they all sound like “intense workout metal for Leg Day” to me lol

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:52 (two weeks ago) link

"I had an AI write a 21st century metallica song" vibes

fentanyl young (Neanderthal), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

I hate it when their riffs get bluesy.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:01 (two weeks ago) link

More like greysy.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 January 2023 16:18 (two weeks ago) link

lol yeah their bluesy influence usually never comes off well. that one very stonery riff before the verse isn't bad per se but it just doesn't really fit their sound.

be like Slayer throwing in a ZZ Top riff

fentanyl young (Neanderthal), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:53 (two weeks ago) link

'Hardwired' had the right amount of evil-sounding half steps to stir up the right Metallica memories

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:55 (two weeks ago) link

Also in retrospect it's kind of incredible that they went so far as to have a Megadeth-style ellipse title but didn't add the exclamation point

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

shoulda used a question mark to keep it separate enough

fentanyl young (Neanderthal), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:57 (two weeks ago) link

"Killing is My Business...How are Margins Looking?"

fentanyl young (Neanderthal), Friday, 20 January 2023 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

Not about the new album but I finally listened to these Death Magnetic demos. Neat listen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z5lPY6bTqU

DT, Thursday, 26 January 2023 23:03 (one week ago) link


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