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Everything You Need To Know About Metallica’s Blackened Recordings’ Vinyl Reissues

It’s been a few since I’ve posted on here, mainly because I have developed an obsession for music on vinyl and have been getting lost in the world of Analog. But I am here to give all of you who care some much needed info regarding the upcoming Metallica vinyl reissues.

A couple of days ago it was announced that Metallica will be releasing a series of vinyl reissues via their own label Blackened Recordings, with the first wave of releases to come out on August 25th, 2014 and the second wave to be released on September 16th, 2014.

I have done all the necessary research to provide you with all the info you should need to make an informed decision.

First off, these Blackened vinyl reissues will be the same as the Warner vinyl reissues (that came out in 2008/2011) in terms of the source and mastering. Just like with the Warner reissues, they are all from the original masters and the first three albums are done at Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs with the remaining done by Bernie Grundman. All are being pressed at Furnace and will be on standard gram vinyl. However, it should be noted that the Warner/Grundman reissues were pressed at either Pallas in Germany or RTI (both are top notch pressing plants). So, on the surface it appears that the only difference between the Blackened and Warner reissues is where they are pressed.

Secondly, for those unaware, the first three albums that were done at Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs (MoFi) have the reputation for sounding less than great with what is described as an obscene amount of treble (at least on the Warner issues). It is recommended by many that vinyl audiophiles seek out the original pressings of Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, and Master Of Puppets. You can’t really fault MoFi on that one though, because you have to consider the source. The reason why the MoFi releases sound so “bad” is because the recording quality of the masters weren’t the greatest. So, the MoFi remasters just bring out the bad production quality more while the original pressings don’t highlight those qualities as much.

Of course, these are all guidelines and it’s really up to an individual’s ears and sonic preferences. I have a 7-band EQ so I just might get the Blackened reissue of “Master Of Puppets” and mess with the EQ a bit if the treble is really as bad as people say, who knows…it might just sound killer with just a little bit of tweaking. If you know people who have either a Warner reissue or original pressing then definitely listen to their copy first and see what you think before buying. If you like the sound of the Warner reissues of a certain title (45 RPM series doesn’t count), then chances are that you will dig the Blackened reissue of the same title. Most people claim that the Grundman mastered ones sound fantastic (having better quality recordings to work with helped as well, I’m sure).

August 25th releases:
Master Of Puppets
Metallica” (self-titled ‘black album’) (2xLP)
Load” (2xLP)
Reload” (2xLP)
St. Anger
S&M” (3xLP)
Garage, Inc.” (3xLP)

September 16th releases:
Kill ‘Em All”
Ride The Lightning
…And Justice For All” (2xLP)
Death Magnetic” (2xLP)


-Max ‘ManJewky’ Wallis


SWEET SAVAGE: The Band Metallica Tried To Sound Like

Unless you are familiar with the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s, then you probably have no clue about the band Sweet Savage.

Well, let me just get this out in the open and say that it’s quite obvious (to me) that Metallica frontman James Hetfield tried as hard as possible to mirror the vocal styling of Sweet Savage frontman Ray Haller (at least in the beginning). Metallica also  covered the Sweet Savage song ‘Killing Time’ as a b-side to “The Unforgiven” single.

Listen to this track from Sweet Savage called ‘Eye Of The Storm’ that appeared on the NWOBHM ’79 Revisited Double CD compilation  that was co-curated by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. If you weren’t told otherwise, you’d probably think it was early Metallica.


Side note: Sweet Savage also featured guitarist Vivian Campbell (Dio, Def Leppard) until 1983.

METALLICA Release Garage Demo of New Song ‘Lords Of Summer’

Metallica have released a garage demo of a brand new song called ‘Lords Of Summer’ and it’s not as bad as the Metallihaters may think. Granted, James’ voice is not what it once was, but for a garage demo this has the potential to sound pretty killer. Definitely sounding better than anything they’ve done since their self-titled (black album) released, in my opinion anyway. The riffage is pretty damn solid on this one….

NEWSTED ‘…As The Crow Flies’ Video Released

Newsted (fronted by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted) have released their official video for ‘…As The Crow Flies’ which can be seen below. The track is taken from their recently released debut album Heavy Metal Music.


‘Robb Flynn and Friends’ Benefit Show For Motorcycle Accident Victim Announced

A benefit concert featuring members of Metallica, Slayer, Machine Head, Exodus, Suicide Silence, Death Angel, Forbidden, Spiralarms and Rubble will take place at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California on January 17th. They will be performing classic Black Sabbath tunes.

Craig Locicero, guitarist for Forbidden and Spiralarms, had the following to say about the event:

“A good friend of ours and all around great person, Nikki Davis, was in a motorcycle accident with her husband Jeff. Sadly, Jeff died at the scene. Fortunately, Nikki survived but she was unconscious for a few days. She awoke to the daunting reality that her husband, soulmate and best friend had passed away. It was heartbreaking to all of us in the Bay Area scene.

Robb Flynn and I have known Nikki for at least 25 years and she is a huge supporter of the Bay Area’s metal and punk scene.

“I wanted to help Nikki out a year ago, but most every band was busy on tour and unavailable. A few weeks ago, I had approached Robb about doing a benefit for Nikki and he thought it was a great idea.

Robb has gone above and beyond to help bring together something very special and memorable to help Nikki on January 17th. He’s been the catalyst for getting this thing off the ground so quickly and Nikki is very thankful.

“We hope to raise enough money to help Nikki continue to get back on her feet because the healing is not finished. She still has medical bills to pay and we want to do anything we can to help our old friend.”

Donations can also be made via Paypal to help_jeff_n_nikki_d@yahoo.com


METALLICA – “Freeze ‘Em All” Streaming In HD Online

If you are a Metallica fan and want to see their performance in Antarctica, well you can watch it in all its HD glory below. I must admit, it’s pretty funny watching James Hetfield perform in an Eskimo hat.

Set list:
01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Sad But True
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
05. Master Of Puppets
06. One
07. Blackened
08. Nothing Else Matters
09. Enter Sandman
10. Seek & Destroy

MACHINE HEAD Streaming Unreleased Live Covers Medley

Machine Head have released a medley of previously unreleased live covers featuring Sepultura‘s “Territory“, Pantera‘s “A New Level” / “Walk“, Metallica‘s “Seek And Destroy” and Iron Maiden‘s “The Trooper“. You can check it out below along with an explanation from frontman Rob Flynn.

“As promised, I dug up some rarities from “The Flynn Vault”.

When we shot the “Elegies” DVD on December 5th, 2004, as was pretty standard on that particular tour cycle we did a bunch of cover songs near the end of the set. It was usually an indication that we were having fun. It was also a cool way to pay homage to the bands that inspired us without having to be too serious the entire night.

For various reasons we removed these from the final version of the DVD, but the “audio” was still mixed, just to have I suppose. So needless to say, I have been sitting on them for about 8 years. These have never been heard before until now, though I’m sure if you caught us on this tour cycle it will bring back some good memories. These are for our people, the Head Cases to enjoy!

These covers are “LOOSE” if ya know what I’m sayin? We were well lubricated by this point on that particular night, and as such, did A LOT of covers. This show was a blast.

So without further adieu, here is an early Christmas present to all you Head Cases out there, “Headbang Motherfucker!!”