Metallica to Release Entire Discography as Digital Box Set
photo by Anton Corbijn
Metallica will release The Complete Metallica — a digital "box set" containing their entire official discography, exclusively via iTunes beginning March 31st. The package will be available from all other digital service providers beginning April 28th.
The Complete Metallica is a great way for new and long-term fans to purchase the band's entire official catalog, with 163 tracks for a great value. The box set includes all of Metallica's studio albums — 1983's Kill ‘Em All, 1984's Ride the Lightning, 1986's Master of Puppets, 1988's ...And Justice for All, and the five consecutive No. 1 albums 1991's Metallica, 1996's Load, 1997's ReLoad, 2003's St. Anger, and the current blockbuster, the Grammy Award-winning Death Magnetic. It also includes their double album of covers, 1998's Garage Inc., the 1999 live album S&M, the 2004 EP Some Kind of Monster (from the documentary of the same title), the 2007 EP Live from Live Earth, and "I Disappear" from the 2000 Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. In addition, buyers will receive eight bonus live tracks: "The Four Horseman," "Whiplash," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Creeping Death," "Battery," "The Thing That Should Not Be," "One," and "...And Justice for All."
The Complete Metallica will be released during a high-profile period for the Los Angeles-based hard-rock heroes. On March 29th, Activision will release the highly anticipated video game Guitar Hero Metallica, featuring 28 songs from the band's nearly 30-year career. In addition, Metallica will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors legendary rock and roll performers, in a ceremony to take place in Cleveland on April 4th.
Metallica have just completed their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in four years in support of the platinum-selling Death Magnetic, which debuted at No. 1 in September 2008 and won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance (for the track "My Apocalypse") and Best Recording Package. They are currently on an extensive European tour.