Metallica recently announced on their official website that they have finished recording a collaborative album with Lou Reed. The currently untitled album features ten new songs composed by the solo artist and former Velvet Underground leader and arranged with the thrash metal titans.
Metallica first played with Reed at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October 2009. Several months ago, the vocalist/guitarist joined the band at their home studio and began to work on the record.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Reed described the project as “A marriage made in heaven… I knew it from the first day we played together: ‘Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me.'”
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich continued, “I don’t think we’ve ever felt this free… There’s nothing that’s totally outside of the boundary for us, nothing that feels like ‘Oh, what happens if we go there?'”
Head below to check out a video of Metallica and Reed performing The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” live at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.