Awesome: Metallica Announces “Blackened Friday” To Celebrate New Album On 11/18/2016

It’s almost time my Metal Legions and I am speaking of nothing other than the long-anticipated release of the brand new Metallica album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”. In honor of this event Metallica has announced a special day known as “Blackened Friday”. Check out the press release that I received and then I’ll close out with some personal insight.

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The Press Release:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 11, 2016 – Grammy® Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Record Store Day ambassadors Metallica will celebrate the release of their forthcoming album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct with fans and independent record stores around the world as part of Blackened Friday on Thursday November 17th, 100 independent record stores will open at Midnight to sell the new album. Stores will be stocked with music, prizes and additional limited edition exclusive items to give away free with purchase. On Friday the 18th during their normal business hours, stores around the world will be hosting Blackened Friday events with music and giveaways of limited edition items. All items available while supplies last. Contact your local store for details. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, a 2 CD / 2 Vinyl set, is Metallica’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum Death Magnetic. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is available for pre-order at in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Deluxe, and Deluxe Box Versions. Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic, produced the album. For more information on Blackened Friday, visit and follow along at #BlackenedFriday.


Metallica formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone, making it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan. Metallica has also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. In December 2013, Metallica made history when they performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents all within a year, and earning themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I think this is a pretty cool and fun idea for the band to do and let’s be honest here, the tracks that have been released in advance of the new album have all been quite satisfying. Each of them sounds different but at the same time possesses the fire and force that one wants in a Metallica album. If you haven’t heard “Hardwired”, “Moth Into Flame” or “Atlas, Rise!” yet, open up Spotify or iTunes and give them a listen to spark more interest in the eight years in the making release. Shameless plug for a moment but if you hit those three just mentioned song titles you can see the reviews of the singles that were posted here on the website. Considering how good the three previews have been I cannot imagine that this new Metallica record is going to be anything less than one of the best Metal albums of the year. What do you readers think of Metallica’s “Blackened Friday” and what are your thoughts on the upcoming album? Let me know in the comments section below.

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