METALLICA has confirmed the title and release date of its forthcoming 12th studio album: “72 Seasons” will be available April 14, 2023 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with METALLICA‘s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track “72 Seasons” is METALLICA‘s first full length collection of new material since 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”. The album will be released in formats including 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited-edition variants, CD and digital.
“72 Seasons” is heralded by first single “Lux Æterna”, a short, sharp blast that distills 40 years of METALLICA into three and a half minutes. “Lux Æterna” is available now to stream and download, and as an instant-grat track with all pre-orders of “72 Seasons”. The “Lux Æterna” video, directed by Tim Saccenti, can be seen below.
Says METALLICA about the clip: “We recently traveled to Los Angeles to capture our performance using some crazy cutting-edge technology.”
Speaking on the concept of the album title, Hetfield says: “72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”
That artistic inspiration would line up with other composers who’ve written pieces titled “Lux Æterna” that were dedicated to a deceased loved one. For instance, a “Lux Æterna” from the ’90s written by onetime Los Angeles Master Chorale director Morten Lauridsen was inspired by his mother’s death.
“Lauridsen composed the requiem ‘Lux Aeterna’ in 1997, the year his mother died,” a blog post from the San Francisco Choral Society explains. “The consolation for grief offered by [the piece] is often compared to that of Faure’s ‘Requiem’ and Brahms’ ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem,’ both works inspired by the deaths of the composers’ mothers.”
Here are the English-translated lyrics of the “Lux Æterna” religious chant:
May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord,
with Thy Saints for evermore:
for Thou art gracious.
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them:
With Thy Saints for evermore,
for Thou art gracious.
“Lux Æterna” has also been utilized in other areas of entertainment, including as the title of a 2019 French film by experimental director Gaspar Noe.