The cover has been unveiled for the anxiously awaited Guitar Hero: Metallica, and the artwork pumps up the contributions of all the bands not named Metallica featured in the game, like Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Queen, and Lynyrd Skynrd (check the left-center). Sadly, it seems the Southern rock heroes have lost a Y in their band name — haven’t they lost enough already? Even the (properly) misspelled Mercyful Fate get their name handled correctly, and the oft-mangled Mastodon pass the fact-checking test. It doesn’t mean that Skynyrd’s bluesy kiss-off “Tuesday’s Gone” will be any less fun to play, though.
It’s also been announced that Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister will make an appearance as an animated character in the game, so players can gargle along with “Ace of Spades” without having to see a spiky-haired punk rock caricature singing it onscreen. There are also multiple songs featuring the facepaint-loving King Diamond, so there’s even money on him making an appearance, as well.
Metallica’s biggest songs are represented in the track list (“Enter Sandman,” “Sad But True,” “One”), but there are also a few old gems thrown in for the diehards, including “Dyers Eve,” “The Shortest Straw” and “Hit the Lights,” the first song the band ever wrote and released. The XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game — which will be sold stand-alone, so players will already need the rest of the Guitar Hero gear — will be released on March 29.
For Rolling Stone’s hands-on preview of the game, check out our Sneak Peek: Guitar Hero: Metallica.