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Metallica to Re-Record “Kill Em All” For Release On Blackened Recordings
Metallica has announced that the second release on its recently formed label, Blackened Recordings, will be a re-recording of “Kill Em All.”
The band is said to be considering naming the re-recording “Metal Up Your Ass,” the debut’s original working title, but no final decision has been made.
Under provision of a renegotiated joint venture agreement with the Warner Music Group in 1994, all of masters of Metallica’s albums reverted back to the band as of November 30th, 2012.
Addressing the reasoning for re-recording the band’s classic debut instead of simply remastering it, drummer Lars Ulrich had this to say:
“The songs on Kill Em All are vintage Metallica, but will benefit so much more from today’s studio and mixing technology. So we decided it would be better to re-record them entirely than release a simple remaster from those old analog recordings. I can’t wait to get in the studio and do these songs justice and give them a polished, modern sound.”
A producer has not yet been chosen for the “Kill Em All” recording sessions.
Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties for the re-release of “Kill Em All,” which will be manufactured and distributed by Rhino Entertainment in North America and licensed to the Universal Music Group internationally. A release is tentatively being targeted for late 2013.
The re-recording of “Kill Em All” will be the label’s second release. The first release from Blackened Recordings was the live DVD, "Quebec Magnetic," which was released on December 10th, 2012.
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