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Metallica Gears Up For A Busy 'Season' Featuring A New Album & Tour!

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By Taylor Hodgkins on November 28, 2022 at 12:45 PM EST

Nothing else matters because Metallica is going on tour!

Monday morning was a huge day for fans of the heavy metal veterans. The band not only announced their first full-length LP in six years but also revealed they would embark on a 72-date tour!

To top off the excitement, the band, founded in 1981, also dropped the first single from the new record, and fans are thrilled to discover it is reminiscent of the band's older music.

James Hetfield has done a lot of pondering over the record's concept! Metallica's 12th LP will be called "72 Seasons," and Hetfield reveals the title was inspired by the seasonal cycle during an integral part of our lives.

Read on to find out more about Metallica's new LP, and to learn the 4-1-1 about the band's highly-anticipated tour dates!

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Metallica Will Release '72 Seasons' In April of 2023!

Metallica's website proudly boasts their big news and features shots of "72 Seasons'' cover art!

The LP's first single, "Lux Aeterna," is one of 12 tracks on the record which will be released on April 14th, 2023! The album's monstrous running time will clock in over an hour, at 77 minutes, as well!

Metallica also revealed the music video for "Lux Aeterna" is available on their YouTube channel now.

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The band's excitement for the record is palpable; Metallica gave fans some insight into the record on their website.

According to the site's details on the album, Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are at the helm of the record's production alongside Greg Fidelman.

The concept of the album is incredibly important to Hetfield. "72 Seasons" examines the idea of growing up and feeling a variety of emotions we all collectively feel during our integral teenage years. Those experiences ultimately end up having a massive impact, solidifying who we grow up to be in the future.

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"72 Seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves," Hetfield explained via Variety, "The concept that we were told 'who we are' by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are," he continues, "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. Most of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to those childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry," Hetfield concluded.

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Metallica Is Gearing Up To Embark On A Massive Tour!

The "72 Seasons" tour will feature a heavy lineup of both international dates and stops in the US and Canada. Not only will Metallica be playing two nights in the 22 cities, but each date will also feature a completely new set list!

The tour will also go on for a whopping two years!

The band details that if fans "purchase a two-day ticket, and you won't see the same song twice for a total of 3o songs spanning over 40+ years of being lucky enough to play music."

Metallica also took great care in attempting to make sure every show was on a Friday or Saturday; the band revealed "most of the shows" will be on Fridays and Saturdays for maximum partying!

The tour will kick off on April 27th, 2023 in the Netherlands, and wrap on September 29th, 2024 with the second of two dates in Mexico!

According to Metallica's tour announcement, Fan club presales for tickets will start this Wednesday, November 30th, and the two-day discounted tickets for every show will be on sale this Friday, December 2nd!

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