Metallica Release Their First Five Albums On Limited-Edition Coloured Vinyl

6 October 2023 | 9:52 am | Mary Varvaris
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The vinyl albums will drop as a staggered release over the next few months.

Metallica @ Soundwave Festival Brisbane

Metallica @ Soundwave Festival Brisbane (Credit: Terry Soo)

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It’s early Christmas time for Metallica fans, as the band are releasing their first five albums – Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, …And Justice For All and their self-titled LP (more commonly known as The Black Album) on limited edition coloured vinyl.

The vinyl albums will drop as a staggered release. Kill ‘Em All will be released first on Friday, 3 November, on 180g ‘Jump In The Fire Engine Red’ limited edition coloured vinyl with 2016 remastered audio.

Ride The Lightning is next on Friday, 1 December, on 180g ‘Electric Blue’ limited edition coloured vinyl and 2016 audio. Master Of Puppets drops on Friday, 5 January, on 180g ‘Battery Brick’ limited edition coloured vinyl and 2017 audio, followed by …And Justice for All on Friday, 2 February, wrapped in a 2LP edition on 180g ‘Dyers Green’ limited edition coloured vinyl and 2018 remastered audio.

Metallica lands on Friday, 1 March, as a 2LP ‘Some Blacker Marbled’ limited edition coloured vinyl and 2021 remastered audio. While the JB Hi-Fi website doesn’t list just how limited these vinyl editions are, they will likely go quickly. You can pre-order your copies here.

72 Seasons, Metallica’s 11th studio album, arrived in April and, in its first week, debuted on top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

In a glowing review of the album, Kill Your Stereo’s Kristen S. Hé wrote: “Four decades after they kicked the doors down in their early twenties with Kill ’Em All, Metallica have come full circle in a way that no one could have predicted.

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“Lyrically, 72 Seasons is about how the struggles of one’s first 18 years can reverberate into adulthood. But musically, it’s about reconnecting with their earliest influences and finding new meaning in them once again - with no interest in simply recapturing past glories.”

In July, Metallica announced the production of a new documentary about their superfans and issued a public casting call.

Metallica will headline the inaugural Power Trip festival this weekend, a meeting for heavy metal heroes in Indio, California. They’ll be joined by AC/DC, Judas Priest (who replaced Ozzy Osbourne, who was forced to pull out due to health issues), Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden and Tool.