Metallica To 'Do A Radiohead'?

Metallica are considering whether to follow in the footsteps of Radiohead by self releasing material once their record contract expires.

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Metallica are considering whether to follow in the footsteps of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails by self releasing material once their record contract expires, according to GIGWise.

The rock titans' drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that he would hate to go the way of Madonna and U2 by signing lucrative contracts with Live Nation. Instead, he said the band would like to keep things in their own hands.

Asked about signing a '360 deal' like Madonna, Ulrich said: "We've never sold ourselves that way. No disrespect. We want to be as free a player as possible. We've been observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor and in 27 years or however long it takes for the next record, we'll be looking forward to everything in terms of possibilities with the Internet."

Despite this, Ulrich admits he'd be sad to see the traditional record shop disappear, adding: "The record store has been such a huge part of our lives. When I was 12, 14 years old in Denmark, the record store was the Holy Grail and the guy who worked there was my hero."

Metallica's upcoming ninth studio album will be their final one to be released through Warner Bros. It's set for release this autumn.

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    daytripper75
    haha. if Metallica give the option of downloading their next album for free, im gonna laugh so hard.
    joshua029
    MASTER JiMMY wrote: [quote atTheGates27 wrote: at the end where it says their 9th studio album will be their final album makes me sad :\
    open your eyeeeesssss[/quote] yeah, final one under Warner Bros. I dont think anyone actually read this one...
    ihaterap69
    zeroyon wrote: Headline reads: "10 Years Later, Metallica pulls head out of ass - Embraces Internet"
    lol i'd love for them to release this on the internet- my lazy ass won't have to go to the store. i'll buy it regardless though. its metallica.
    Pyro_TheVampire
    I'm sure theres a increase of people getting banned when they there is a Metallica related news item.
    Regression
    drumpat wrote: hhun wrote: What was wrong with St. Anger again? It fit the mainstream musical taste at that time.
    So? It really annoys me when people can't like something just because it fits the mainstream. I didn't like St. Anger that much, but not because it fit the mainstream, I like plenty of mainstream artists. And I hope they don't release it on the internet etc. I like having the real thing.
    GodbowstoMath
    zeroyon wrote: Headline reads: "10 Years Later, Metallica pulls head out of ass - Embraces Internet"
    god damn, it's been 10 years already?
    Hells_Bassist
    TheEsupremacy wrote: How dumb some people are. Geesh. Metallica (Lars) were asked by MANY fellow musicians and the RIAA to go up against Napster because they are so popular. They felt the need to NOT bite the OTHER hand that feeds them and help out. Alone, you would have NEVER seen Metallica bitch about downloading. They spoke out as a favor/on behalf of ALL musicians and to a lesser extent the RIAA. They just wanted to be the nice guys. They NEVER meant to piss off the world. I am so sick of the never ending Metallica bashing asshats. God shut UP ALLREADY. If you don't like them GOOD. SHUT THE FUCK UP! Go post in a thread that MATTERS to YOU! If not for Metallica the metal scene and rock landscape as a whole would be vastly different. They are and will be a hall of fame band. THE END.
    Thank you. Metallica is and always will be my favorite band. Rock on! P.S. I'll be glad to say that St. Anger was terrible as a Metallica fan from the beginning. Anyone that agrees with me should try watching the live studio versions on youtube. I thought they brought a whole different light on the songs and I loved them lol. At any rate, I'll be buying the new album in fall
    metallica_121
    atTheGates27 wrote: at the end where it says their 9th studio album will be their final album makes me sad :\
    um dude... read again "final album with warner bro's, which is weird also cuz isn't the 9th album gonna b their onli album through warner bro's and they made such hype over the record change enyway, i hope this all works out in the end \m/
    tim western
    i hope metallica don't do this, i wanna buy an album in cd form with the cover art the lyrics etc, downloading albums is just not the same.
    MASTER JiMMY
    daytripper75 wrote: haha. if Metallica give the option of downloading their next album for free, im gonna laugh so hard.
    pretty sure he meant sell it over the internet
    MASTER JiMMY
    [quote atTheGates27 wrote: at the end where it says their 9th studio album will be their final album makes me sad :\ [/quote] open your eyeeeesssss
    Killahworm
    The reason they combatted Napster was because they distibuted it without asking... as long as the artist decides to give it away, I guess Lars is Okay wit it..
    joshua029
    Jastul wrote: "We've never sold ourselves that way" at least he admits to selling out...
    um... read that again dude... he's talking about being tied to one person forever. lots of misunderstanding in this topic...
    Sanitarium91
    F##k MP3s. I'd never pay for an album with nothing but MP3-files and no covers or anything. I sure hope they won't release it through the internet, and if they do they better still release records of it.
    joshua029
    daytripper75 wrote: haha. if Metallica give the option of downloading their next album for free, im gonna laugh so hard.
    self releasing material doesn't mean that it'll be free... these guys make music too good to just give away. they'll just sell it themselves...
    atTheGates27
    at the end where it says their 9th studio album will be their final album makes me sad :\
    Rzia
    Goblumich07 wrote: That would be the biggest bite in the ass to Lars. and i would LOL for hours on that
    i agree
    Flibo
    megadeth is so kicking metallica's ass right now no album can ever recoporate the discrace that waz saint anger
    Well, United Abominations isn't that great.
    sambargun
    hhun wrote: I think it's funny when people talk trash about Metallica and say they 'sold out', when in reality, the whole point of being a musician is to MAKE MUSIC AND MAKE A LIVING OFF OF IT. I'd like to see all the clowns on here work to record an album and then just give it away. You guys would ROCK! And hey...at least you wouldn't be selling out!!!!! Yo mister.wiseguy,ever heard of Grateful Dead, Phish, Dave Mathew's Band and Pearl Jam? Any idea as to how they get their music across?
    megadeth456
    megadeth is so kicking metallica's ass right now no album can ever recoporate the discrace that waz saint anger
    pinkypete
    hhun wrote: I think it's funny when people talk trash about Metallica and say they 'sold out', when in reality, the whole point of being a musician is to MAKE MUSIC AND MAKE A LIVING OFF OF IT. I'd like to see all the clowns on here work to record an album and then just give it away. You guys would ROCK! And hey...at least you wouldn't be selling out!!!!!
    That is the most unbelievable pile of steaming cow shit that I have ever read! The 'whole point' for musicians playing music for a living is because they are doing something which they love! The 'whole point' of playing musicI don't believe that bands are 'selling out' just because they change their style abit, they're still the same and fans should respect that. Also, just because Radiohead aren't your cup of tea doesn't mean their crap! You just don't like them, other people do, get over it! x
    wildchild6660
    Mike 'em all wrote: str84ever wrote: I'm surprised Lars would be up for this. He must have moved on from Napster incident. yeh but uve gotta understand, downloading songs in 2000 wasn't heard of, now everyone does it so its accepted.
    Maybe they're trying to redeem themselves after the napster incident.
    joshua029
    Sanitarium91 wrote: F##k MP3s. I'd never pay for an album with nothing but MP3-files and no covers or anything. I sure hope they won't release it through the internet, and if they do they better still release records of it.
    +1 there... i buy a lot of albums for the material in them besides the songs. I would hate to see everything go to the net and exclude the goodies that come with the album.
    Mike 'em all
    str84ever wrote: I'm surprised Lars would be up for this. He must have moved on from Napster incident.
    yeh but uve gotta understand, downloading songs in 2000 wasn't heard of, now everyone does it so its accepted.
    Guitar Sushi
    Metallica should have given up back in the nineties. Like they say: it's better to stop while you're still good, rather than end in the bad.
    thedarkblues06
    TheEsupremacy wrote: How dumb some people are. Geesh. Metallica (Lars) were asked by MANY fellow musicians and the RIAA to go up against Napster because they are so popular. They felt the need to NOT bite the OTHER hand that feeds them and help out. Alone, you would have NEVER seen Metallica bitch about downloading. They spoke out as a favor/on behalf of ALL musicians and to a lesser extent the RIAA. They just wanted to be the nice guys. They NEVER meant to piss off the world. I am so sick of the never ending Metallica bashing asshats. God shut UP ALLREADY. If you don't like them GOOD. SHUT THE FUCK UP! Go post in a thread that MATTERS to YOU! If not for Metallica the metal scene and rock landscape as a whole would be vastly different. They are and will be a hall of fame band. THE END.
    +1.
    emojojo wrote: haha. if Metallica give the option of downloading their next album for free, im gonna laugh so hard. +1
    -1.
    dooncan wrote: cobain_is_king wrote: Real thing > Downloads +100
    +sideways 8.
    statx
    I would pay 80 for the cd as long as it came with the tickets or vice versa,,,,,
    wildchild6660
    joshua029 wrote: Sanitarium91 wrote: F##k MP3s. I'd never pay for an album with nothing but MP3-files and no covers or anything. I sure hope they won't release it through the internet, and if they do they better still release records of it. +1 there... i buy a lot of albums for the material in them besides the songs. I would hate to see everything go to the net and exclude the goodies that come with the album.
    +2 If it was mp3, I would probably just download it off bit torrent or something. Buyin an album is another story all together
    Zero457
    Headline reads: "10 Years Later, Metallica pulls head out of ass - Embraces Internet"
    The Breeze843
    the_maestro wrote: Oh thank gods - I thought by the headline that it meant they were gonna COVER radiohead or try that style. Whew. The last thing the world needs is MORE radiohead. Yeah, I mean god forbid a band that wants to change its style from album to album and you know, not sell out.
    sambargun wrote: hhun wrote: I think it's funny when people talk trash about Metallica and say they 'sold out', when in reality, the whole point of being a musician is to MAKE MUSIC AND MAKE A LIVING OFF OF IT. I'd like to see all the clowns on here work to record an album and then just give it away. You guys would ROCK! And hey...at least you wouldn't be selling out!!!!! Yo mister.wiseguy,ever heard of Grateful Dead, Phish, Dave Mathew's Band and Pearl Jam? Any idea as to how they get their music across?
    amen
    zombie_monster
    DP_SF_DTX_RATM wrote: If they do this for free, I will ****ing run down the street naked yelling IRONY.
    +1
    archangelseren
    ha i thought that metallica were guna cover radiohead for a split second which made me laugh, then i realised.... popular bands can get away with this as they have lots of other albums that have sold well so they dont have to worry, no matter how sh!t the albums are
    Kegan
    strat0blaster wrote: the_maestro wrote: Oh thank gods - I thought by the headline that it meant they were gonna COVER radiohead or try that style. Whew. The last thing the world needs is MORE radiohead. Yeah, I mean god forbid a band that wants to change its style from album to album and you know, not sell out. Actually, your assumption as to what my comment meant couldn't have been more inaccurate. What I meant was that I can't stand Radiohead, and would be somewhat repulsed if a band like Metallica did music of that style. I happen to like all of Metallica's stuff (aside from St. Anger), including S&M and the Load/Re-Load era, which everyone seems to hate. My musical tastes are as broad as your failure to listen without assuming is apparent, and you know little or nothing about me. SO, in conclusion - you were wrong, you're still wrong, and you'll probably continue to be wrong. Jesus. What would you do if you couldn't misconstrue what someone says, then blast them for it needlessly?
    You do realize radiohead changes their style from album to album, no? oh. And "My musical tastes are as broad as your failure to listen without assuming is apparent" makes absolutely no sense. furthermore, you misconstrued everything he said and made a dozen assumptions yourself. Oh. And the new Radiohead album is ****ing outstanding.
    GreekRockr9
    pmcg35 wrote: i read an article where thom yorke said that the new radiohead album actually had more profit than all the others combined...lars must have read that article
    That wouldn't surprise me in the least bit. And I love how releasing an album online is now "Pulling a Radiohead". If this goes out for free, yeah, I'll probably get it. If not, I'll give it a listen and see if it's worth buying. Ulrich=hypocrite
    AerialOverdrive
    DroptheBomb wrote: what?? wrote: godin_force wrote: good for metallica, rewarding us fans for having to listen to st. anger, thank you! P.S. For Whom The Bell Tolls will never be topped! haha, For Whom the Bell Tolls was already topped by Blackened and Eye of the Beholder most definatly. not to mention every other song off "and justice for all"
    No way...Ride the Lightning PWNS!!!!!
    gus_metallica
    What a bunch of immature kids coming in, reading the article and then bashing Metallica. The funny part is, when u ask them what they like, they start to mention things like "Slipknot, BFMV, Trivium" and all of dat bullshit. If u have a real understanding of heavy metal and music in general u will with no doubt in ur mind admit that METALLICA is the greatest musical act in the history of music! They are just simply unbelievable and nothing can compare to what they have done. I like Kill Em All for its thrashyness and wildness, for it energy and lightning fast solos. I enjoy Ride the lightning for its musical genius and transition between heavy riffs and melodies. I love Master of puppets for simply being the best Metal album of all time! I love AJFA because of its musical complexity and design. I like the Black album for its musical meaning and self motivating lyrics. I like Load because of its bluesy style along with song fullfilling melodies. I like Reload because of its hard slow riffs n deeper meaning songs. I like GARAGE cause they show us what influenced them into becoming the best band ever. I love St. Anger because of its, "I dont give a f***" attitude. I love em all! This is a true fan speaking, i even got the "Scary guy" on my right arm if u kno wat i mean! lol METALLICA BEST BAND EVER!
    whitestrat279
    ironic much? i think its more of selling the album direct from the band on the internet than name your price. i know its been said but it will probably have a set price or at least a minimum. lars head would explode if it was given away for free.
    twistyzybe
    This is a great shift. Major labels have had the control on popular music for too long, this should hopefully bring back some great rock into the industry and shift away from the pompous spoilt brat queens ie britney spears and the like. Even if they make the music free like it should be, they will make heaps from merch sales and live concerts. For this I am hoping that prominant bands follow suit. Alas it will still be sad to see the record shops go, but these are changing times, bands must adapt for the future.
    gallagher2006
    I don't understand why it's called "Do a Radiohead". bands have been giving music away for free for YEARS, but Radiohead do it and all of a sudden it's the cool thing to do. There's a band called Clinic, for example, and they almost always give their music away for free in some ways, telling their fans that it's all about the music. Radiohead, and Metallica in this case, have demonstrated in the past that they are money grabbing pricks. If Metallica do this, it's because they are jumping on the bandwagon and want to try and make even more money. For shame...
    axis56
    emojojo wrote: haha. if Metallica give the option of downloading their next album for free, im gonna laugh so hard. +1
    sweet sweet irony therl be a $20 cap on it probably
    TheNERD250
    what?? wrote: godin_force wrote: good for metallica, rewarding us fans for having to listen to st. anger, thank you! P.S. For Whom The Bell Tolls will never be topped! haha, For Whom the Bell Tolls was already topped by Blackened and Eye of the Beholder
    which couldn't top ride the lightning or Creeping Death