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Metallica Releases Outtakes EP

'Death Magnetic' pulls four unheard tracks from 2008

December 13, 2011 11:30 AM ET
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James Hetfield and Robert Trujilo of Metallica perform during the third day of Metallica's 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco.
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The 30th-anniversary celebration continues for Metallica. Last week, the metal giants commemorated their three decades together with a four-night residency at the Fillmore in San Francisco open exclusively to fan club members. Today, they unveiled four previously unreleased songs, which are available exclusively on iTunes for one week.

The Beyond Magnetic EP features four studio outtakes that were originally released as a gift to the group’s Metallica Club fan organization. Snippets appeared on the band’s web community Mission Metallica, which supported their 2008 album Death Magnetic and is now inactive.

"Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on Mission Metallica (remember Mission Metallica?!) or heard rumors about them during the recording process and wondered, 'What ever happened to those other four songs?'” said the band in a statement. “We kept them in the vault and decided to pull them just for this special celebration, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. They are ROUGH mixes.”

After one week, the Beyond Magnetic EP will be released to other digital retailers. Last week, Metallica performed four shows at the historic Fillmore Theater in San Francisco. Tickets were only available to their fan club members. A slew of metal notables made cameos in the marathon sets, such as Ozzy Osbourne, Glenn Danzig, King Diamond and Lou Reed (of the recent “Loutallica” collaboration). While onstage, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told the crowd that the band was preparing a major announcement in January 2012.

Beyond Magnetic track listing:
1. Hate Train
2. Just a Bullet Away
3. Hell and Back
4. Rebel Of Babylon

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