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Metallica Announce Breakup

In a move that's sure to shock the metal community the world over, Metallica have called it a day. Apparantly, all the criticism they've been receiving from metal fans on the internet and beyond has finally struck a chord and the group have decided it's just not worth putting another album out.

Says drummer Lars Ulrich, "Whatever we do, it seems it's just not good enough for the elitist metal community. We tried experimenting with our music and became metal public enemy number one. We did a stint with an orchestra and were accused of being self indulgent (but hey, I guess it's a different story for Deep Purple and Kiss huh?). We even released a collection of covers from some really cool bands like Mercyful Fate and Discharge but that still wasn't good enough for everyone out there in metal land. Then when we finally decide to try and go back to our roots, people proclaim it as our worst album to date. The reason our new album has been taking so long was because we've been keeping close tabs on websites such as Blabbermouth to see what people are saying and already people are panning us. So we decided that no matter what we do, our best efforts just aren't worth it anymore. I don't know when metal became so facistic about what is and isn't metal but as of now, there isn't a Metallica. We're done. We would however like to thank our fans who were still loyal enough to stick with us, you made a long trip worthwhile."

None of the other members have made announcements regarding the split but it's believed that frontman James Hetfield will be busy working on a new project featuring Corrosion Of Conformity/ Down member Pepper Keenan. There also rumours that he and guitarist Kirk Hammet will revive their 80s side project Spastik Children. There have been no rumours on what any of the other members will embark on next.

Obviously this announcement comes with the news that all of the bands tour dates have been cancelled. There is no word yet on who will replace them at the Reading/ Leeds festivals and other festival shows.

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1. Jomama writes:

f*** YOU Metallica! You sissy's! You can't quit now! After all the hype of the new album with Rick. I can't be any worse than Load and Reload! This is cowardly. Whatever. Crawl under a rock now Lars. Pathetic!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Jomama writes:

OH Wait! Did I get April Fooled! I've been punked.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. sadimz sad about metallica writes:

how can it be!!!!! my metal hero just because that problem want to quit gimme a break lars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. NATAS6661 writes:

HA HA APRIL FOOLS

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. sadimz get april fooled writes:

yeah maybe this is damn april fooled!!!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. YourAllWannaBes writes:

They were overrated, in my opinion.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Toby McKarb writes:

Even Metallica wouldn't try to make an announcement like that on April 1st. Nice try Lars.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Andrew writes:

Dude I never got to see you live., mother f***er.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. bubba513 writes:

f*** YOU Metallica! You sissy's! You can't quit now! After all the hype of the new album with Rick. I can't be any worse than Load and Reload! This is cowardly. Whatever. Crawl under a rock now Lars.

Andrew writes:
Dude I never got to see you live., mother f***er.

lol

douchebag april fools lol

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. davelog writes:

Too bad it's an April Fool's gag. They should have hung it up with Cliff died.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. cable_zombie writes:

re-hire cliff!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 11:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. ilovemetallica writes:

they can't break up now. they got to tour one more time first as a goodbye.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 11:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. ironhead writes:

hahahaha, you guys suck. So many of you don't see it's april fools day.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. keep_metal_white writes:

fu ck this band for breakin up now... they were one of the few REAL metal bands left making music for MEN. Probably start making nig music or some shi t now. F uck this band, no respect for the real white americans who are their fans .

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. iEATbabies writes:

nice touch with the Hetfield/Keenan collaboration. Very convincing Oz.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. No One writes:

I hate April Fools day....f***.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BoltThrower writes:

Where's the story about Chinese Democracy actually seen on store shelves?

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. PhoenicianOutlaw writes:

Haha, this was a good Joke, heard it on the local radio, Happy April Fools Day! Suckers

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 1:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hahahaha! Diamond, you rock! Too bad this is an April fools!
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS TO ALL!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 1:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Diamond Dave writes:

Yeah, too bad it's just an April Fool's joke. I'd be more interested in seeing what Kirk Hammett could do solo, maybe go a la Santana. I always thought that Metallica were overrated, and that Kirk would do better solo.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Drewsif writes:

DAMNIT! I got excited for a second!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Cleetus Hartwood writes:

Too bad it is an April Fool's joke. K-Tellica hasn't put out a decent album since "And Justice..."
And I am only being kind to give 'em that.
RIP: CLIFF BURTON
Maybe one day McTallica will really disband and the late, great bassist can stopp rolling over in his grave.
Here's hopin'!
CH~

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. brandedcfh420 writes:

DAMN, ITS APRIL 1ST OR OTHERWISE ID BE THROWING A MASSIVE PARTY TO CELEBRATE THIS EXCELLENT NEWS!!!!!! ALTHOUGH I STILL THINK ITS A GOOD ARTICLE...JUST TOO BAD ITS NOT TRUE...!!!!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. jcrazychan writes:

after black album metallica was overrated and metallica sucks anyways {MEGADETH RULES}

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Michal writes:

Nice try :-) For the bashers: Metallica's not breaking up anytime soon, it's not your average metal band :-P

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. SpeedeGlzTJ writes:

Hey guys common, hope this is true as a APRILS FOOLS DAY, common LARS you began whit new stuff WHIT THE REST OF THE GUYS and still doing it, keep on doing more new music and keep doing it whit METAL AS ground for everything, keep IT GOOD GUYS,, METAL RULES GUYS

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. GOD writes:

what...Its an april fools joke? goddamnit....I thought it was funnier when It was real...f***ing april fools day....

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. FocusShift writes:

I wish it was real.

But seeing so many of you fall for April Fools at metalunderground once again made me laugh.
So cheers.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. BLACKDOG writes:

I doubt it but I would not be surprised.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Hessian writes:

I can only hope that this is real. There is really no reason for them to continue to put our garbage music, especially if Lars really thought the last album was back to their roots. Maybe if we all wish then happy retirement it will turn out to be true and not an April Fool's joke!

Please....please.....please....

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Westfallen writes:

My ba11s shriveled a bit before I realized the prank. Damn.

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 8:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. littlebit CH writes:

Did u really believe Lars and his GINORMOUS ego would care if everyone hated his music??? April Fools...

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Michael Amos writes:

I read EVERYTHING metallica related! I knew this was a hoax from the start but HEY you have to read it right. I found another site with some of the best metallica content I have seen anywhere...it's all so genuine and emotional. Just people writing about there memories about music and the roles it played in their lives. Sounds boring? WRONG check out this chicks memory labeled "My First" apparently Mattallica REALLY rocked her world!!!

http://www.jamsbio.com/index.php?page=memory&memoryId=c08d68f717793b980117849e95ec004a

Lars Rawks!

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. xman writes:

whos cares

# Apr 1, 2008 @ 9:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. :( writes:

OMG!!! NO!!!

# Apr 2, 2008 @ 5:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. citrus_tea writes:

Does that mean we can start the free-downloads again!.

# Apr 2, 2008 @ 7:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Txmetalhead writes:

I knew this was a joke, too. No way would metallica just quit right before completing the new album, or refuse to tour in support of it. They love money too much! lol

# Apr 2, 2008 @ 2:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Kalis_wrath writes:

Ahahahahahaha! Citris tea that was funny!

# Apr 2, 2008 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. MMSS writes:

:o

# Apr 3, 2008 @ 2:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. jack dark writes:

it's about f***ing time!!! metellica have'nt released a good album since "and justice" f*** em all

# Apr 3, 2008 @ 8:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Red_Chord writes:

Hey man, it was an April fool !!!

# Apr 3, 2008 @ 9:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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