Metallica announces new album, world tour

James Hetfield (left), Robert Trujillo (center), and Kirk Hammett (right) of Metallica perform during the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York on 24 September 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Metallica on Monday announced a global tour and its forthcoming 12th studio album, “72 seasons,” its first since 2016.

The album is set for release on 14 April of next year, and the tour will kick off that same month in Amsterdam.

The rockers will play two dates in each city they visit, and promise different setlists and supporting acts for each.

Metallica will play several shows in Europe including in Paris, Hamburg, and Madrid, with a string of dates across North America including in Los Angeles, Detroit, Montreal, and Mexico City also slated.

On Monday the heavy metal band also released a new song off the 12-track album, “Lux Aeterna.”

Explaining the album’s title, frontman James Hetfield, 59, said “72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves.”

“The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today,” continued his statement.

“Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”

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