Rockers Metallica have regained control of their impressive back catalog after striking a deal with Warner Music Group.
The band members renegotiated their contract with the record label so they could own all their tunes and long-form videos as of Friday.
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Guitarist James Hetfield says, "We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994, where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America."
Metallica's recordings will now have a home at their new label, Blackened Recordings. The first release will be a DVD of the band's 2009 concert in Quebec City, Canada.
A statement from the band reads, "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, Blackened Recordings. ... You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it's always been about us taking control of all things. ... Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny. We're looking forward to making more music and getting it all out to you in our own unique way."
Heard Metallica in 1983 and was blown away! Kill "Em" All, R.T.L. Master of Puppets and "And Justice For all" Even the first "Garage Daze" Ripped. Money changes everything!!!!
now please remaster "justice" and "lighting" and release them (so we can hear jason newsted and cliff burtons bass buitars) right and finally go back to your =no life til leather roots=. aside from garage inc. i have been boycotting you guys since load. when i heard the the country twang in the song unforgiven II, i got so fired-up i decided to disown you all. yes, it takes very little to peave-me-off.
many metal fans have nicknames for metallica...like 'tallica, alternica, alcoholica, but mine is very caustic "@ZZh*lica". until this happens please don't expect me to support your band. but congratulations on retaking your independence back with blackened records. this calls for a box of bottles of crystal champagne, one for each of you and congratulatiopns to kirk hammett for being proud to be gay, for which there is nothing wrong in my eyes/mind/heart/soul, why? i am a libertarian...only racism makes me ultra hot(<angry).