Metallica Announce New Album, Drop New Thrashy Single, Announce Tour With Pantera/FFDP/Architects

After what seems like a long wait, Metallica have finally announced their new album, reports Variety. Along with that comes a new single, as well as a massive tour announcement, taking place during 2023 and 2024, the tour dates so far are covering North America, Europe, and Mexico City.

The album’s title and tracklist have also been revealed. The record will go by the name of “72 Seasons,” the release date is planned for April 23, 2023, and it will be published through the band’s label Blackened Recordings. The co-producer is Greg Fidelman, collaborating with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and the record takes a total of 77 minutes.

The new song is titled “Lux Æterna” and is a classic thrash metal banger. Check it out below.

Metallica: Lux Æterna (Official Music Video)

Regarding the album’s concept, frontman 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.”

Tracklist:

  • 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

As far as the tour goes, the dates are:

  • Thursday, April 27 2023 – Amsterdam NL – Johan Cruijff Arena
  • Saturday, April 29 2023 – Amsterdam NL – Johan Cruijff Arena
  • Wednesday, May 17 2023 – Paris FR – Stade de France*
  • Friday, May 19 2023 – Paris FR – Stade de France
  • Friday, May 26 2023 – Hamburg DE – Volksparkstadion
  • Sunday, May 28 2023 – Hamburg DE – Volksparkstadion
  • Friday, June 16 2023 – Gothenburg SE – Ullevi Stadium**
  • Sunday, June 18 2023 – Gothenburg SE – Ullevi Stadium
  • Friday, August 4 2023 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
  • Sunday, August 6 2023 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
  • Friday, August 11 2023 – Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique
  • Sunday, August 13 2023 – Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique
  • Friday, August 18 2023 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
  • Sunday, August 20 2023 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
  • Friday, August 25 2023 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium
  • Sunday, August 27 2023 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium
  • Friday, September 1 2023 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
  • Sunday, September 3, 2023 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
  • Friday, November 3, 2023 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
  • Sunday, November 5, 2023 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
  • Friday, November 10, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
  • Sunday, November 12, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
  • Friday, May 24 2024 – Munich DE – Olympiastadion
  • Sunday, May 26 2024 – Munich DE – Olympiastadion
  • Friday, June 7 2024 – Helsinki FI – Olympic Stadium
  • Sunday, June 9 2024 – Helsinki FI – Olympic Stadium
  • Friday, June 14 2024 – Copenhagen DK – Parken Stadium
  • Sunday, June 16 2024 – Copenhagen DK – Parken Stadium
  • Friday, July 5 2024 – Warsaw PL – PGE Narodowy
  • Sunday, July 7 2024 – Warsaw PL – PGE Narodowy
  • Friday, July 12 2024 – Madrid ES – Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano
  • Sunday, July 14 2024 – Madrid ES – Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano
  • Friday, August 2 2024 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
  • Sunday, August 4 2024 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
  • Friday, August 9 2024 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
  • Sunday, August 11 2024 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
  • Friday, August 16 2024 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
  • Sunday, August 18 2024 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
  • Friday, August 23 2024 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
  • Sunday, August 25 2024 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
  • Friday, August 30 2024 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
  • Sunday, September 1 2024 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field

Friday, September 20 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro Sol***

Sunday, September 22 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro Sol

Friday, September 27 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro Sol***

Sunday, September 29 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro Sol

Show 1 Support Europe: Architects & Mammoth WVH**

Show 2 Support Europe: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills

*Five Finger Death Punch/Ice Nine Kills play show 1 in Paris, Architects & Mammoth WVH play show 2 in Paris

**Volbeat replaces Architects on show 1 in Gothenburg

Show 1 Support North America: Pantera & Mammoth WVH***

Show 2 Support North America: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills

***Greta Van Fleet replaces Pantera on show 1 both weekends in Mexico City

Photo: Tim Saccenti

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