A limited-edition pressing of 1,000 copies of METALLICA‘s 2003 album “St. Anger” on deluxe orange vinyl will be available for Met Club members (official METALLICA fan club) and on BecauseSoundMatters.com this Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. PST. This deluxe limited edition orange vinyl release comes as a 4LP, 45 rpm, 180-gram high performance vinyl box set. Regular and deluxe black vinyl will also be available. Any remaining limited-edition orange vinyl not sold to Met Club members will be available to non-members at Metallica.comstarting at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 15.
At the time of its release, “St. Anger” was METALLICA‘s first set of all-new material since 1997’s “Reload”. It was also the band’s first album since 1999’s “SM” orchestral collaboration.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told Launch Radio Networks in 2004 that playing songs from “St. Anger” live had allowed him to gain some perspective on the effort, though he said his opinion of “St. Anger” hasn’t changed much, and that he had mixed feelings about it. “Well, my hindsight is somewhat similar to what it was in the studio, which is I feel the songs were a little too long, and I wish they weren’t that long,” he said. “But, you know, live, when we play them, we can always shorten them.”
“It’s a very challenging record,” METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said of “St. Anger”, which was features no guitar solos and was widely panned for its “unconventional” production approach.
“When we started [rehearsing] the ‘St. Anger’ stuff [for our live shows], it definitely felt very different to the rest of the set because of how the songs were put together,” Ulrich explained in 2006. “It was really important to make that record in the way we did because of the chaotic internal vibe at that time: ‘St. Anger’ was a statement, 55 minutes of brutality packed onto a CD, proving to ourselves that we still had the spark. ‘St. Anger’ was fun but we don’t need to make that album again.”