Metallica will release a new live DVD called Quebec Magnetic on December 10th, which was filmed in Quebec City, Canada during a two-night stand in October 2009 on the Death Magnetic tour. The double DVD and single Blu-ray will both retail for the "fan-friendly" price of $15.98. Quebec Magnetic will also be the first project that Metallica releases on its own, instead of going through a record label or video distributor. Guitarist Kirk Hammett told Billboard.com, "We felt like we're really doing a disservice just sitting on this great live footage, so we decided to put it out."
The group's last studio album, 2008's Death Magnetic, completed their contract with Warner Music Group, and it's possible that Metallica could again bypass a traditional label for their next release. Drummer Lars Ulrich told us that all options were on the table for how to put out their next effort: "I do believe that we are without a record contract for the next record, so we'll come around to that one. I certainly at this point cannot say anything about what's gonna happen with the next record. It's not a conversation we've had, or at least not any conversation I've been part of in the last couple of years, and it's kind of cool to have nothing but options. So we'll see how it plays out."
- Quebec Magnetic features a total of 26 songs, including classics like "One," "The Four Horsemen," "Sad But True," "Master Of Puppets," "Battery" and others, along with newer material like "That Was Just Your Life" and "My Apocalypse."
- The project was directed by Wayne Isham, who has directed Metallica music videos for "Enter Sandman," "Wherever I May Roam," "Sad But True," "Fuel," "Broken, Beat And Scarred" and others.
- Metallica also announced this week that it will return to South Africa for the first time in seven years next April, for two shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
- The band has also been working on a 3D feature film for release sometime next year. While they do expect to begin working on a new studio album in early 2013, Ulrich recently said that it probably won't come out until 2014.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch a teaser for Quebec Magnetic:
LISTENERS' POLL: Live DVDs, movies and South African tours are all well and good, but don't you want a new Metallica album first instead?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Cowbell wrote: "There's really no excuse for taking six - SIX - years between albums. This 3D film better be a f***ing cinematic masterpiece."
Jesse Pinkman wrote: "Hopefully this doesn't turn into another tour. Just take 2013 to concentrate on the new album yo!"
DTC wrote: "My bathtub is probably the only place on Earth they haven't played yet."
wanteddead wrote: "Don't do any more concerts/tours, just work on the NEW ALBUM PLEASE! It's not necessary to go to Africa (I mean, really, c'mon...), you can go there on the new album tour."
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