NEW YORK (Billboard) - Metallica will release its first album in five years worldwide on Friday, September 12, the second time the rock band has broken with the industry’s custom of a Monday or Tuesday street date.
A posting on Metallica’s Web site, entitled “The Last Piece of the Puzzle,” did not give a reason for the unusual release date for “Death Magnetic.”
Albums are usually released on a Tuesday in the North America, where Metallica is signed to Warner Music, and a day earlier everywhere else. Universal handles the band internationally.
In a last-minute move Metallica’s previous album, the commercial disappointment “St. Anger,” was released a few days earlier than planned, ostensibly to combat piracy.
On Friday, Metallica shot a video near Los Angeles for first single “The Day That Never Comes.” It was directed by drummer Lars Ulrich’s Danish compatriot Thomas Vinterberg.
Metallica will be back on stage Saturday at Ozzfest in Dallas. At that gig, guitarist Kirk Hammett will join Slayer’s Kerry King, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Anthrax’s Scott Ian in a tribute to late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was murdered on stage in Columbus, Ohio, in 2004.