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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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  • epicmeme

    lulu is AOTYAY

    Yesterday 3:28am Reply
  • epicmeme

    metallica fans are fucking manchildren

    Yesterday 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

    Why is people forcing themselves to like this?

    4 Apr 1:53am Reply
  • Slevin89

    I'm slowly finding myself becoming a Loutallica apologetic

    28 Mar 1:46am Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    " Metallica fans are so much immature to listen to this entire album " What's wrong with listening to the whole album instead of just the first single song and then summing up your opinion?

    24 Mar 10:19pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    You guys really need to understand what's the really meaning of ''music''

    12 Mar 11:07am Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Metallica fans are so much immature to listen to this entire album

    12 Mar 10:48am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Love it or hate it. I fucking adore it

    5 Mar 12:27am Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    I am really enjoying this album, don't understand why people hate it lol

    28 Feb 12:33pm Reply
  • Transzedentale


    19 Feb 6:03pm Reply
  • defnoob

    "the h4t3rs orthodox m3t4lh34d5" God you're so cool when you type like that.

    16 Feb 11:22am Reply
  • Registeel

    LULU is melaticas best album

    5 Feb 6:50am Reply
  • rhayader18

    v unfortunately Metallica couldn't come up with much other than a SINGLE RIFF for each song. That's not Lou's fault. Metallica really wasted their chance here.

    2 Feb 10:03pm Reply
  • niQboy

    Waste of good riffs. Lou Reed destroyed what could have been a good Metallica record.

    1 Feb 10:33pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa


    1 Feb 5:10am Reply
  • TwilightIsMe

    One of the best 2011 albums.

    29 Jan 9:55pm Reply
  • darknord


    21 Jan 9:56am Reply
  • MihAshih

    Brilliant peace of music from Metallica. I love DM, but if DM's music sounds a little forced, here it sounds so fresh, so "real", inspired, no pushing! That's why it's really SO GOOD! And I was happily stunned when heard Lars going nuts on drums at some parts

    8 Jan 8:49pm Reply
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