This week's roll-out of Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, Metallica's first new album in eight years, keeps getting a little more special.
The group has now dubbed release day, November 18, “Blackened Friday,” with a number of real and virtual events taking place worldwide. The group has announced that "100 old school record shops" will open at midnight to let fans have the album as soon as possible, accompanied by prizes and "cool giveaways," including posters and turntable slipmats as well as contests for MetClub fan club members to win a signature Kirk Hammett ESP guitar and a Metallica pinball machine.
Store locations and other details can be found at Metallica.com.
Metallica itself will be in London for the release, playing at an HMV store on Oxford street at midnight and a club show at the London House of Vans for select winners. The group has already released videos for the songs "Hardwired," "Moth Into Flame" and "Atlas, Rise!" and is planning to make a video for every song on the album.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.