Metallica Launch New Record Label

Metal band now owns all their master recordings

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Lars Ulrich James Hetfield Kirk Hammett Robert Trujillo Metallica
Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica Angel Delgado/Clasos.com/LatinContent/Getty Images

Metallica has launched a new record label, Blackened Recordings in conjunction with the band taking ownership of all their master recordings, including music and videos, as part of a contract provision Metallica negotiated with Warner Bros. in 1994. The move means the end of the band's 28-year relationship with the label. 

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"It's always been about control for us as a band," drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement. "Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100 percent control and putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny."

Metallica will release Quebec Magnetic, a live DVD taken from two 2009 World Magnetic shows in Quebec City, on December 10th. For more information, visit Metallica's website.

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