Heavy metal fans are finally about to get the book they’ve been waiting for. One of the most iconic and influential bands of the heavy metal world, Metallica has been rocking hard since they burst onto the music scene in 1983 with the release of their debut album Kill ‘Em All. Three years later, in 1986, they released Master of Puppets, which rocketed them to music superstardom. Fans loved the album, buying copies upon copies of it; it one of the best-selling heavy metal albums of all time. Everyone seems to remember when it was released, but do any fans really know the story behind it? Well, everyone is about to.
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Metallica: Back to the Front will be available in bookstores on September 13th, but there will be a special collector’s edition featured on the band’s website on August 30th. The title certainly seems appropriate. It is a reference to the band’s hit song “Disposable Heroes,” one of the most popular songs from Master of Puppets. The book discusses the album and everything that went into making it, as well as the legendary tour that followed its release.
When the band began working on the book in 2014, they asked fans to send in photos and memories from the tour or having to do with the album. What a great idea! Given the fact that they were able to fill most of the book with these fan submissions, it seems safe to assume that they received quite a few. Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to share their favorite memory of their favorite band with the band members themselves? The book also features submissions from the band members themselves, including interviews with the musicians and other crew members who were part of the process.
Fans who purchase the Deluxe Edition will get much more than just a book. The copy they receive will be a limited edition and will include a portfolio with a genuine piece of the equipment traveling case that got the band’s gear all the way to Denmark where the album was recorded. The book will feature 276 images and will include many never-before-seen images from the band’s history. Will more bands start asking their fans for submissions when the put together books like this? It certainly seems likely. Stay tuned for more!
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