Metallica announce new album 72 Seasons; premiere video for new track “Lux Æterna”

Official press release:

Yes, you read that correctly… we have completed recording at HQ, and our 12th studio album is coming your way! It’s been six years since Hardwired…To Self Destruct, so we think it’s about time for some new music. With 12 tracks totaling over 77 minutes, 72 Seasons hits all the places you can consume music on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James and Lars, 72 Seasons is available for pre-order now on CD, 2LP 140g black vinyl, two different colored vinyl variations, and digitally in the Met Store. Every pre-order will receive a digital instant grat track of the first song we are releasing, “Lux Æterna”, and you can check out the brand new video, one of the coolest we’ve ever made, on our YouTube channel. Directed by Tim Saccenti, we recently traveled to Los Angeles to capture our performance using some crazy cutting-edge technology.

The album package was once again conceived and art directed by our good friend, acclaimed designer David Turner, and his team. David, who won a Grammy for his work on Death Magnetic, is the man behind the look and feel of all of our recent releases, including Through The Never, S&M2, and Hardwired.

“Is there a special meaning to the title?” you ask. James explains it best:

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

But wait, there’s more! You know us… we can’t release an album without going on the road, so we’re super excited also to announce the M72 Tour today. Forty-six unique shows in 22 cities around the world… there’s so much to tell you about that we have a whole separate section of the site for you to look at, so head on over here for more info about what’s in store for 2023 and 2024. Check it out now… pre-sales begin on Wednesday, November 30!

72 Seasons track listing:

  1. “72 Seasons”
  2. “Shadows Follow”
  3. “Screaming Suicide”
  4. “Sleepwalk My Life Away”
  5. “You Must Burn!”
  6. “Lux Æterna”
  7. “Crown of Barbed Wire”
  8. “Chasing Light”
  9. “If Darkness Had a Son”
  10. “Too Far Gone?”
  11. “Room of Mirrors”
  12. “Inamorata”

4/27 Amsterdam, NL – Johan Cruuf Arena (feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
4/29 Amsterdam, NL – Johan Cruuf Arena
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
5/17 Paris, FR – Stade de France
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
5/19 Paris, FR – Stade de France
(feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
5/26 Hamburg, DE – Volksparkstadion
(feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
5/28 Hamburg, DE – Volksparkstadion
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
6/16 Gothenburg, SE – Ullevi Stadium
(feat. Volbeat & Mammoth WVH)
6/18 Gothenburg, SE – Ullevi Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/04 East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/06 East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/11 Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/13 Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/18 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/20 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/25 Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/27 Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
9/01 Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
9/03 Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
11/03 St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
11/05 St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
11/10 Detroit, MI – Ford Field
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
11/12 Detroit, MI – Ford Field
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
5/24 Munich, DE – Olympiastadion
(feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
5/26 Munich, DE – Olympiastadion
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
6/07 Helsinki, FI – Helsinki Olympic Stadium
(feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
6/09 Helsinki, FI – Helsinki Olympic Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
6/14 Copenhagen, DK – Parken Stadium
(feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
6/16 Copenhagen, DK – Parken Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
7/05 Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy
(feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
7/07 Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
7/12 Madrid, ES – Estadion Civitas Metrpolitano
(feat. Architects & Mammoth WVH)
7/14 Madrid, ES – Estadion Civitas Metrpolitano
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/02 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/04 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/09 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/11 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/16 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/18 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/23 Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
8/25 Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
8/30 Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
(feat. Pantera & Mammoth WVH)
9/01 Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
9/20 Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
(feat. Greta Van Fleet & Mammoth WVH)
9/22 Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)
9/27 Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
(feat. Greta Van Fleet & Mammoth WVH)
9/29 Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
(feat. Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills)