Kirk Hammet, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo
Burbank, CA- Multi-platinum hard-rock band Metallica will release The Complete Metallica -- a digital "box set" containing their entire official discography, exclusively via iTunes beginning March 31st. The package will be available from all other digital service providers beginning April 28th.
The Complete Metallica is a great way for new and long-term fans to purchase the band's entire official catalog , with 163 tracks for a great value. The box set includes all of Metallica's studio albums -- 1983's Kill 'Em All, 1984's Ride the Lightning, 1986's Master of Puppets, 1988's ...And Justice for All, and the five consecutive No. 1 albums 1991's Metallica, 1996's Load, 1997's ReLoad, 2003's St. Anger, and the current blockbuster, the Grammy Award-winning Death Magnetic. It also includes their double album of covers, 1998's Garage Inc., the 1999 live album S&M, the 2004 EP Some Kind of Monster (from the documentary of the same title), the 2007 EP Live From Live Earth, and "I Disappear" from the 2000 Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. In addition, buyers will receive eight bonus live tracks: "The Four Horseman," "Whiplash," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "Creeping Death," " Battery," "The Thing That Should Not Be," "One," and "...And Justice For All."
The Complete Metallica will be released during a high-profile period for the Los Angeles-based hard-rock heroes. On March 29th, Activision will release the highly anticipated video game Guitar Hero Metallica, featuring 28 songs from the band's nearly 30-year career. In addition, Metallica will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors legendary rock and roll performers, in a ceremony to take place in Cleveland on April 4th.
Metallica have just completed their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in four years in support of the platinum-selling Death Magnetic, which debuted at No. 1 in September 2008 and won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance (for the track "My Apocalypse") and Best Recording Package. They are currently on an extensive European tour.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, their 1991 album, Metallica, which has sold 15 million copies in the United States, has been awarded the prestigious "Diamond Award" from the Recording Industry Association of America, given to those albums with U.S. sales of 10 million or more.