Lou Reed and Metallica have posted the first taste of their forthcoming collaborative album, after the two strange bedfellows revealed album details in August. "The View" will be be available from online retailers on September 27, the pair announced on their website. Hear a 30-second clip of the new song below.
Though the excerpt is too brief to draw any sweeping conclusions, it sounds like, well, pretty much what you might have expected when you heard about a joint effort between Reed and Metallica -- or "Loutallica," as they are calling themselves. There's Reed deadpanning some lyrics redolent of both sex and death. There's Metallica thrashing out some gloomy alt-metal. And there's Metallica frontman James Hetfield howling brutally as the clip fades out.
Loutallica previously announced that Lulu, due out November 1, was inspired by German writer Frank Wedekind's turn-of-the-1900s plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box. Commonly known as the Lulu Plays, the two works tell a "story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships," according to a post on the Loutallica site.
Separately, Metallica played Yankee Stadium last week as part of a Big 4 show with Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. As Blabbermouth points out, the band has posted 27 minutes of high-quality video from the gig on its website. The footage includes Metallica's sound check, an in-depth interview about a sandwich, and performances of ...And Justice for All opener "Blackened" along with Motörhead cover "Overkill" (joined by members of Anthrax, Megadeth, and Exodus, whose guitarist Gary Holt is subbing for Slayer's Jeff Hanneman). Check that out below, as well.
Hear It: Loutallica, "The View"
Watch: Metallica, "Blackened" and "Overkill" from Yankee Stadium