This is really happening. Lou Reed and Metallica’s collaborative album now has a release date, according to the elegantly titled website loureedmetallica.com. Expect to hear from the unlikely collaborators on Nov. 1 in the U.S. and Oct. 31 worldwide.
The project was made public on June 15 on Metallica’s website. The statement said:
A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that’s ‘not really 100 percent a Metallica record.’ While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.
The post also said Reed and Metallica had been considering collaborating on an album since 2009, when Metallica performed with Reed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary. They had recorded 10 songs at the time of the statement.
David Fricke from Rolling Stone wrote a piece on the group and described their sound as “a raging union of (Reed’s) 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica’s ‘86 crusher, Master of Puppets.”
We’ll see on Nov. 1.