June 16, 2008 / 7:12 PM / 10 years ago

Metallica names new album "Death Magnetic"

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Metallica's new album will be titled "Death Magnetic" and is expected in September. The news was revealed over the weekend via the band's Web site ( www.metallica.com ).

Lead vocalist James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica performs at the Wiltern theatre in Los Angeles May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

No new material has been played live at the band’s handful of recent shows, but British journalists have heard rough mixes of six untitled songs, several of which cross the seven-minute mark.

“Death Magnetic” (Warner Bros.) was produced by Rick Rubin and is the follow-up to 2003’s “St. Anger,” which has sold 1.76 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Following its Friday headlining slot at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, the band is taking a month off before hitting the European festival circuit through late July.


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