Metallica 72 seasons album to launch with global listening party at a cinema near you

A child's cot surrounded by broken guitars and headphones

Metallica will launch their 12th studio album, 72 Seasons, with a global listening party to be held in cinemas worldwide, on April 13, one day before the album’s street date. 

The launch event, in partnership with Trafalgar Releasing, will feature the full album in cinematic surround, which we’ll assume to be Dolby Atmos,  with each song accompanied by a music video and exclusive commentary from the band. 

Tickets for the event will be available March 2.

72 Seasons is Metallica‘s first full-length collection of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The 12-track album was produced by Greg Fidelman, with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and runs for over 77 minutes. 

The launch event will feature the full album in cinematic surround, with each song accompanied by a music video…

Metallica on the big screen for one night only

Fans can pre-order the album in various formats, including 2LP 140g black vinyl, limited-edition variants, CD and digital. This is the second time the band and Trafalgar Releasing have worked together, previously teaming up for the worldwide cinematic release of Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² in October 2019.

Metallica are widely considered as one of rock’s most influential heavy metal bands and have been credited with taking thrash mainstream. They have sold over 150 million records worldwide,  scooped won nine Grammy Awards, and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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