June 17, 2008 / 12:04 AM / in 9 years

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 ).

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

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.

Reuters/Billboard

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