Metallica announces new album and releases the first single

Metallica announced a new album called “72 Seasons” that will be out next April 14 and they already released the first single “Lux Æterna” with an official video. It’s their first studio record since “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” (2016).

To promote their latest work they also announced a world tour for 2023 and 2024 across North America and Europe with some special guests like Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch and Greta Van Fleet.

The Metallica vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield explained in an official statement the meaning of the album’s title, saying: “Is there a special meaning to the title? 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 said.

Hear the new Metallica song “Lux Æterna”:

The new record will have 12 tracks and will have about 77 minutes of music. It was produced by Greg Fidelman alongside James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

Metallica “72 Seasons” tracklist

  1. 72 Seasons
  2. Shadows Follow
  3. Screaming Suicide
  4. Sleepwalk My Life Away
  5. You Must Burn!
  6. Lux Æterna
  7. Crown of Barbed Wire
  8. Chasing Light
  9. If Darkness Had a Son
  10. Too Far Gone?
  11. Room of Mirrors
  12. Inamorata

Metallica 2023 and 2024 tour dates

April

  • 27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena (Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

May

  • 17 – Paris, France – Stade de France (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 19 – Paris, France –  Stade de France (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 28 – Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

June

  • 16 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium (Volbeat & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 18 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

August

  • 4 – East Rutherford, N.J. – MetLife Stadium (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 6 – East Rutherford, N.J. – MetLife Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 11 – Montreal, Quebec – Stade Olympique (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 13 – Montreal, Quebec – Stade Olympique (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 18 – Arlington, Texas – AT&T Stadium (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 20 – Arlington,Texas- AT&T Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 25 – Inglewood, Calif. – SoFi Stadium (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 27 – Inglewood, Calif. – SoFi Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

September

  • 1 – Glendale, Ariz. – State Farm Stadium (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 3 – Glendale, Ariz. – State Farm Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

November

  • 3 – St. Louis, Mo. – The Dome at America’s Center (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – The Dome at America’s Center (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 10 – Detroit, Mich. – Ford Field (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 12 – Detroit, Mich. – Ford Field (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

2024

May

  • 24 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 26 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

June

  • 7 – Helsinki, Finland – Olympic Stadium (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 9 – Helsinki, Finland – Olympic Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken Stadium (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 16 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

July

  • 5 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 7 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 12 – Madrid, Spain – Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano (Architects & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 14 – Madrid, Spain – Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano ( FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)

August

  • 2 – Foxborough, Mass. – Gillette Stadium (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 4 – Foxborough, Mass. – Gillette Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 9 – Chicago, Ill. – Soldier Field (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 11 – Chicago, Ill. – Soldier Field (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 16 – Minneapolis, Minn. – US Bank Stadium (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 18 – Minneapolis, Minn. – US Bank Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 23 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth Stadium (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 25 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth Stadium (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 30 – Seattle, Wash. – Lumen Field (Pantera and Mammoth WVH as opening acts)

September

  • 1 – Seattle, Wash. – Lumen Field (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 20 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol ( Greta Van Fleet & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 22 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
  • 27 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol (Greta Van Fleet & Mammoth WVH as opening acts)
  • 29 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol (FFDP & Ice Nine Kills as opening acts)
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