Metallica Launch Blackened Records -
Metallica have launched their own record label,
Blackened Records after buying back
master recordings from former label home, Warner, reports
Classic Rock Magazine.
In 1994 the thrash godfathers renegotiated their record deal
which has now allowed them to take full ownership of their original
Thanking Warner for "28 years of a fantastic
relationship," Metallica say:
"We like to make it a point here not to bore you with the
not-so-exciting business aspects of making and sharing music, but
we're so psyched about our new adventure that we just had to tell
you about it as we officially launch our very own record label,
"Some of you are aware that in 1994 we renegotiated our
contract with the Warner Music Group, which resulted in a joint
venture with our record company for releasing all of our
recordings, including long form videos.
"Per that agreement, as of today we have taken ownership of
all of our master recordings and Blackened Recordings will be the
home of all of our current albums and videos along with all future
releases including Quebec Magnetic."
In the past the band have made it clear that their independent
status had allowed them to set "fan friendly price" for
the live package (Quebec Magnetic). Now they say they'll apply that
thinking to whatever they do in the future.
"It's always been about us taking control of all things
'Tallica to give you 110% on every single level every single time,"
the band say.
"Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in
independence, putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative
"We're looking forward to making more music and getting it
all out to you in our own unique way."
Metallica are believed to be preparing material
for a brand new studio album, which could be produced by
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