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Metallica Unveil "Broken, Beat and Scarred" Video, Delay "Complete" Digital Package

March 27, 2009 9:21 AM ET

Metallica have debuted the video for their Death Magnetic cut "Broken, Beat and Scarred" on their official Website (it's not embeddable just yet, so click on over to get a look). Directed by music video vet Wayne Isham and filmed at a pair of December 2008 California concerts, the video gives a stage-eye view of what it's like to experience the soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Famers perform during their never-ending Death Magnetic tour. "Broken, Beat and Scarred" will be released as a single starting April 3rd, where it's backed by live versions of "End of the Line," "Of Wolf and Man" and "Stone Cold Crazy." Unfortunately, the single will only be released abroad, so check the import section of your local record store if any of those still exist by April 3rd.

In other Metallica news, the digital-only package The Complete Metallica has been pushed back from March 31st to April 14th. The set will first appear on iTunes, then branch out to other digital music services on April 28th and feature 163 tracks from every studio album, live albums, soundtrack cuts and more, but doesn't include the Live Shit: Binge & Purge box set.

Finally, as evidenced by Metallica's hits-heavy concert at this year's SXSW, the Guitar Hero: Metallica video game is set to hit shelves this Sunday, March 29th. "I think Guitar Hero is a great gateway drug to real music. If you've got the music bug, nothing's gonna stop you. It's your destiny to express your gift," James Hetfield told Rock Daily at SXSW. On April 4th, Metallica will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with former bassist Jason Newsted in tow — and Rolling Stone will be on the ground and backstage at the Cleveland event bringing you coverage live from the Rock Hall.

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Metallica Pound SXSW With 90-Minute Greatest-Hits Set at "Surprise" Show
Metallica to Perform With Jason Newsted at Rock Hall Induction, Thanks to Blondie

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