Metallica Launch New Record Label


Story by Cat Badra

Metal titans Metallica have parted ways with Warner Music Group

Metallica is now label-free, and the band is celebrating that liberty with a big announcement. Because of a deal the thrashers arrange with Warner Music Group in 1994, the metal men have now taken possession of all their master recordings, counting all long-form videos and music.

Even though Metallica are parting ways with Warner Brothers, there are no hard feelings between the two parties. “We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America,” frontman James Hetfield said in an official statement.

On the heels of ending things with Warner Brothers, Metallica have also kicked off their own record label, Blackened Recordings. “It’s always been about control for us as a band,” drummer Lars Ulrich said. “Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver’s seat of our own creative destiny.”

Blackened Recordings’ inaugural release will be the group’s upcoming live DVD, “Quebec Magnetic,” due out Dec. 11. The DVD features footage from two sold-out gigs that the group filmed in the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 of 2009. Fans can pre-order “Quebec Magnetic” via the band’s official website.



Posted by Cat Badra | Metal, Music, Rock News

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