Metallica has launched a brand new vinyl subscription service, The Metallica Vinyl Club. The new service promises fans the opportunity to hear Metallica rarities and demos, that have never been pressed on vinyl.
Members of the club will receive four vinyl releases throughout the year. The releases feature “rare cuts, demos, rough mixes, and live rarities.” Fans will also receive a bonus 7-inch vinyl, a digital download card, and a membership card. The vinyls will also feature tiny treasures, like stickers and picks.
The club subscription will only be available to members of the Fifth Member fan club. It’s free to enlist in the club, and from there you can sign up for the Metallica Vinyl Club, at an annual cost of $49.99 USD. Signup for the 2020 Vinyl Club Subscription is open through Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m, Eastern US time. You can find out more information via the Vinyl Club website.
The band are set to headline a string of five U.S. festivals later this year. The band were recently forced to cancel their scheduled performances at the Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life fests due to scheduling conflicts with frontman James Hetfield’s rehab program.
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In other news, the heavy metal legends recently inspired the name of a newly discovered deep-sea crustacean. Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet discovered the worm-like creature and decided to pay tribute to Metallica in naming the creature Macrostylis metallicola, while also referencing polymetallic nodules that feature in the creatures’ habitat.
As Metallica themselves have noted, the creature basically lives in a rock stadium – so the name is achingly appropriate.
“The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colourless!” Metallica posted on Instagram. “Talk about blackened!”
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“It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? That’s one metal crustacean!”