METALLICA: 'Master Of Puppets' Reissue Delayed

METALLICA's classic 1986 album "Master of Puppets" will be reissued on heavy-duty vinyl on July 15 one month later than the previously announced June 17 release date. This is the third in the band's series of vinyl reissues. Like "Kill 'Em All" (1983) and "Ride The Lightning" (1984), "Master of Puppets" will be made available in the following formats: a single disc at 33 rpm and a deluxe two-disc version on 180-gram vinyl spinning at 45 rpm.

As previously reported, METALLICA has tapped Greg Fidelman an engineer/producer who has worked with current METALLICA producer Rick Rubin on albums for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLIPKNOT and AUDIOSLAVE, among others to mix the group's new CD, which is due out in September.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich took part in a conference call on May 15 to promote this year's Bonnaroo festival, which METALLICA will headline on June 13, Ulrich told reporters that METALLICA recently met with a graphic designer to begin planning the new CD package, though there's no confirmed title for the album yet and the songs still have working names.

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