Metallica: 'We Can't Believe Rihanna Didn't Ask Us To Be Her Backup Singers' At The Super Bowl

14 February 2023 | 11:23 am | Mary Varvaris
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The band sang Rihanna's hit, Diamonds, on Carpool Karaoke.

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Metallica have gotten involved with this year's Super Bowl, which took place yesterday, with the band jokingly tweeting, "We can’t believe @rihanna didn’t ask us to be her backup singers…" accompanied by a clip of the band singing Rihanna's hit, Diamonds, on Carpool Karaoke.

That leads us to wonder what Metallica, a backing band for one of the world's most famous pop stars, would sound like. And why not have Metallica perform at the next Super Bowl halftime show?

As NME reports, the band's first single, Lux Æterna, from the upcoming new album, 72 Seasons, featured during the last Super Bowl ad for the forthcoming Daytona 500. View both clips below.

A few weeks ago, Metallica announced that 72 Seasons will be premiered to an audience for the first time via a global cinema screening event.  

The worldwide listening party won't just feature the new album; the band members will also discuss the music between songs and provide other "surprises," the heavy metal group revealed in an announcement video.

The 72 Seasons global premiere will take place on Thursday, 13 April, the day before the album is released. Fans can sign up for more information via Metallica's website

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Not long before that, Metallica dropped a new single, Screaming Suicide.

The track is more mid-tempo than Lux Æterna but still contains some thrashy riffs. The music video sees the band clouded in mystery with a wicked guitar solo coming from Kirk Hammett. As far as current-day Metallica singles go, this one is a banger. 

"Screaming Suicide addresses the taboo word of suicide," Hetfield offered in a statement. 

"The intention is to communicate about the darkness we feel inside. It's ridiculous to think we should deny that we have these thoughts. At one point or another, I believe most people have thought about it. To face it is to speak the unspoken. If it's a human experience, we should be able to talk about it. You are not alone." It's a poignant, powerful message from the biggest heavy metal band in the world.

The legendary heavy metal band's new album will be 12 songs and 77 minutes long and produced by Greg Fidelman alongside James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The album is Metallica's first since 2016's Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.

Pre-order 72 Seasons here.