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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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1. _Andryucha_ writes:

I don't like this idea. Unless you're going to include Mustaine on this project then maybe. Doesn't seem right to re-record a classic.

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2. Dumb shit writes:

April fools dip sh**👆

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 12:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. KREDD writes:

OH WHAT A DAY!!!

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. metalunderground troll wire writes:

This idea came about after metallicas record label offered them a significant bonus to do so.
I dont see why personally for this,but i guess it is what it is

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 12:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. FreekNik writes:

omg lol

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 1:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Stefano writes:

James can't possibly sing Whiplash at this point.

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. DavidetH writes:

I really hope they don't do this.

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Fero writes:

April fools! But I guess it would be a great idea. BTW James has improved his singing in the last months... He would definately Kill it!

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 2:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Vizator writes:

I can totally see Ulrich saying something like that. Are we sure this is April Fool's?

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. winedownroom writes:

Reminds me, why didn't Kirk and Jason fire Lars and James back in the day?

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 7:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. spiral_architect writes:

I CAN SEE LARS WANTING TO DO THIS AS A COLLABORATION WITH LOU REED. OH THE HORROR!

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 7:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Wut??????? writes:

April fools!!!! Come on!!!!

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 8:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. David D writes:

This is a straight up terrible idea. If you want to re-record an album, how about re-recording Death Magnetic because that sounded like an intern mixed it. Not to mention Kill em All sounds fine..all of the first four sound fine. They're the sound that defined Metallica. 80s albums don't need to be remastered/rerecorded. 50s/60s/70s albums do. Why they continue to think this "modern" sound approach is correct is beyond me. Death Magnetic would've actually been memorable had it not sounded like crap.

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 9:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Drillerman6913 writes:

Re do ....and justice for all. Then we could hear the bass

# Apr 1, 2013 @ 11:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. scruff writes:

will it be available for free download on napster?

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 1:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. terry writes:

I love the Kill Em All album but I , really hope Metallica isn't just going to release a bunch of re-recordings of old stuff and best of type albums for the next several years to keep their name out there and not release new albums and ep's. That's annoying when a band does that for several years before putting out an album .

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 2:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Phil82 writes:

If this is an April fools they got me! I think it says more about Metallica at this point in time that it is actually some what believable, the joke is on them. After recording a spoken word album with Lou Reed, this actually seems like something they would do.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 5:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Metalligun writes:

For all those negative posters, get a life!!
This project is sooo much better than a token effort of remastering. It's something that all bands should do when they rerelease an old album or greatest hits. If you don't like it, don't buy it or even better, try to make something better and hard hitting yourselves you awesome music critics you are... (not)...
Metallica 'till Death \m/

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 5:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. TheJudge writes:

To all those posters commenting on this who didn't realise it was an April Fool.

PLEASE do not breed you stupid c***s.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 6:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Phil82 writes:

As I said before, it speaks volumes about the Metallica and their recent choices that so many people could believe this may be true. I can actually imagine Lars saying sh** like this.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 6:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Someone who actually would have liked this. writes:

I actually thought this would've been cool, it's a shame it's an April Fool's joke to be honest.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 8:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. yo writes:

Aprils fool's or not, a re-recording is much better than a remaster. as a parallel, Testament did First Strike Still Deadly and it was a huge improvement to sound of those songs.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 8:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. deathbringer writes:

A number of us have discussed this before actually and in fact an Op/Ed was written about it.

Testament and a number of others have done a fine job re-recording older material, but I would never, ever want Metallica to re-record anything. Neither James nor Lars are up to the task, IMO. James' vocal delivery hasn't been to my liking for years now.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. BrianMN writes:

I know it’s a joke but I could totally see them doing it.
Could you imagine Hetfield trying to sing in that style now?
I’m picturing a cat in a washing machine LOL.
Based on old Cliff Em All footage he couldn’t even do it live back then much less now.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. ladymindi writes:

NOT a good idea!! They aren't good enough, today, to remake any of their classic albums.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 10:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. acrownofworms writes:

Is it an April fools though? Because you're not supposed to do one after midday, bad luck etc, and this was posted 14 minutes after that mark.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Moros writes:

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! cant they leave good enough alone!!! bad enough they kept making albums after the black album! f***ers!

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 2:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Vizator writes:

Deathbringer, I question whether Kirk is up to the task either. Hetfield can still play guitar and Truillio hasn't lost a step since his ST days, but Ulrich? I wouldn't hire that guy to play in my guitar hero band.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 2:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. mumpy73 writes:

What a shame. First rule, never tinker with a masterpiece, it will never work. It's like going back to an old girlfriend, it's never as fun second time around.

Yet another bad move from what were once the best band on the planet.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. RZ writes:

The "Apr 1 2013" text is in a really unintuitive place, for a while I thought this was posted today...

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 5:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. BoltThrower writes:

Metallica finally settled on the title--Lars And James Up Each Other's Ass

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 8:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. deathbringer writes:

@RZ, fair enough. I sort of agree with you there.

# Apr 2, 2013 @ 8:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. CR8054 writes:

I would prefer they not re-record the album as James' voice is just not the same as when "Kill em' All" was recorded. Whats done is done. They cannot recreate the past. Let us remember Metallica for the band that they were in their prime. A remaster would be much better.

# Apr 3, 2013 @ 1:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. LeadPipe writes:

Horrible Idea! I will hate the idea even more if they drop tune it, I hate they way they drop tune all the songs live now. Metallica will always be my fav, but don't mess with a masterpiece, it will ruin the legacy!

# Apr 3, 2013 @ 7:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Moetallica81 writes:

I sit here reading all these and not one of you "Fans" ever say that Rob wouldn't make a zit on Cliff Burton's ass! How could they possibly re-make that album without Cliff!?! It can't be done. Don't get me wrong, Rob is a hell of a bass player, but come on, he is no Cliff Burton! I know this is a prank article, but facts can't be ignored!

# Apr 3, 2013 @ 3:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^There's no room for facts in a discussion over an April fools joke ya window licker.

# Apr 3, 2013 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. hellrat writes:

^you can't help the Tard Nation brother, there are simply too many of em...learn one a thing or two, and two more of them 'tartet varmits pop out of the same goddamned hole...

can't be done i tell ye ;)

NP---Ignorance---Sacred Reich \m/

# Apr 3, 2013 @ 11:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Clancy writes:

Personally, i believe they should re-record their first couple of albums (up to justice, that album needs justice haha) and it's not like the classics would never be listened to again it's that they would sound cool with todays technology.

# Apr 4, 2013 @ 4:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. BrokenFace writes:

Am i the only person who cant stand hetfields voice until he did the black album?. I cant sit and listen to kill em all or ride the lighting because his vocals are sh**.
I kno il get alot of hate for my opinion but metallicas first few albums are terrible to my ears. Whiplash sounds like a joke.

# Apr 4, 2013 @ 8:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. BrianMN writes:

^^^Your membership has been revoked. :)

# Apr 4, 2013 @ 9:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. bonzaii!! writes:

Anybody who would put down those first Metallica lps, and Whiplash are a year round april fool's joke. REALLY?!!

# Apr 4, 2013 @ 10:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Blindgreed1 writes:

Brokenface: In a word... Yes.

# Apr 4, 2013 @ 11:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. BrokenFace writes:

I knew id get hate for it but thats ok. I still love you all.
Beyond magnetic f***in rules. Does anyone agree? or am i on my own again.

# Apr 6, 2013 @ 4:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. BrianMN writes:

^^^lol, no hate at all.
So what if some people don't agree?
You knew we had to give you crap. :)

# Apr 6, 2013 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Luis writes:

Cashgrab.

# Apr 6, 2013 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Nunya writes:

WHYAT THE FAWK, this is going to suck big hairy dik and ruin a classic record, FUK U FAGTALLICA

# Apr 6, 2013 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. brandedcfh420 writes:

are people still not aware its an april fools gag?

# Apr 6, 2013 @ 6:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Nunya writes:

...maybe if it said 12:14 pm on april 1st....

# Apr 7, 2013 @ 12:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Nunya writes:

...instead of that stupid little side flag....

# Apr 7, 2013 @ 12:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. gerg writes:

i think they are too old to play that stuff

# Apr 8, 2013 @ 7:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. BrokenFace writes:

To old to play??? lemmys off motorheads like 66. Is he to old to play ace of shades?

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