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A collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica.

The conception of the collaboration project began in 2009 when both Metallica and Lou Reed performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert. After that performance, the two entities began “kicking around the idea of making a record together,” but didn’t start working together until two years later. In February 2011, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett announced that in May 2011 the group would start working on something that’s “not 100 percent a Metallica record. It’s a recording project, let’s put it that way.” The secret project was publicly revealed to be a collaboration with Lou Reed once the recording of the album had been completed in June 2011.

The collaboration was originally intended to be Metallica re-recording various previously unreleased tracks Reed had written over the years. Among these unreleased demos was a collection of songs composed for a play called Lulu—a theatrical production of two plays originally written by the German playwright Frank Wedekind. Reed shared the demos of these songs with the members of Metallica to help bring the “piece to the next level,”and the group provided “significant arrangement contributions” to the material.[8] David Fricke of Rolling Stone heard at least two of the songs from the project in June 2011—”Pumping Blood” and “Mistress Dread”—and described their sound as a “raging union of [Reed’s] 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica’s ‘86 crusher, Master of Puppets.


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  • GoatUser

    Midlife crisis metal

    22 Jul 1:29pm Reply
  • Robesko

    The best album ever

    7 Jul 6:20pm Reply
  • I0000days

    Better than Lou Reed's best. Better than Metallica's best. It's reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson in how nicely it grooves.

    4 Jul 4:31am Reply
  • Panzerfaust


    2 Jul 10:34am Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    Worst Lou Reed album, second best Melattica album.

    25 Jun 12:54pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x


    24 Jun 7:46pm Reply
  • gr3yghst

    I finally understand....wait......

    17 Jun 6:13am Reply
  • epicmeme


    4 Jun 9:51pm Reply
  • Evrodust

    it's a solid album, the production and vocals are great

    1 Jun 5:58pm Reply
  • epicmeme

    fuck all you haters, this album is the greatest of all time [4]

    31 May 8:40pm Reply
  • GhostFame

    fuck all you haters, this album is great [3]

    30 May 8:02pm Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Świetna muza, gimby się nie znajo. Wystarczy popatrzeć na biblioteki hejterów, sama tam muzyka dla dzieci. Def metale z gimnazjum specjalnych, jakieś patataje, Manowary, jak ktoś zna Led Zeppelin to jest wielka heca. Żenada że hej.

    28 May 9:26pm Reply
  • MG0rdo

    fuck all you haters, this album is great [2]

    19 May 6:05pm Reply
  • lovemachine_

    fuck all you haters, this album is great

    19 May 2:49am Reply
  • MadThespian

    Pretty good Metallica record without those gawdawful vocals.

    9 May 7:20pm Reply
  • Mastah_Ev

    There are some decent songs here, not all of them, but some are really decent. Frustration is probably my fav.

    28 Apr 10:50am Reply
  • epicmeme

    lulu is AOTYAY

    19 Apr 3:28am Reply
  • epicmeme

    metallica fans are fucking manchildren

    19 Apr 3:28am Reply
  • Pk_Henry

    «Metallica fans are so much immature». true, and your mom suck cocks in the alley.

    14 Apr 7:03pm Reply
  • Pk_Henry

    Has a name: pseudointellectual masochism.

    14 Apr 6:56pm Reply
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