Metallica: 72 Seasons

Metallica Are Back With a New Album and World Tour

Introducing the new single and epic video, ‘Lux Æterna’

Rui Alves
3 min readNov 30, 2022


Metallica band members standing against a yellow bright light for the “Lux Aeterna” video photoshoot promoting their new album “72 Seasons.”
Metallica’s “Lux Aeterna” promo media asset courtesy of UMG Portugal

Metallica has confirmed the title and release date of their 12th studio album: 72 Seasons will be available April 14, 2023, via Blackened Recordings, the band’s label.

Produced by Greg Fidelman with Hetfield & Ulrich, and spanning over 77 minutes, 72 Seasons is Metallica’s first original album since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

The album will be released in formats including 2LP 140g black vinyl and various limited edition, CD, and digital versions — for a full list of the various versions, and more information please check the band’s official website.

“Lux Æterna,” is the album's leading track. A brief, sharp blast that distills 40 years of Metallica history into three and a half minutes. It’s a looping rollercoaster that takes us back to the Ride the Lighting days.

“Lux Æterna” is available now for streaming and download, and as a free track available with all 72 Seasons pre-orders.

If you’re curious about the meaning behind 72 Seasons, James Hetfield said the following about the concept of the album title:

“Is there a special meaning to the title?” you ask. James explains it best: “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.” —

M72: Metallica World Tour 2023

Also announced today were all Metallica concerts scheduled through 2023 and 2024: Presented worldwide by Liquid Death and Blackened American Whiskey (North America only) and promoted by Live Nation, Metallica’s “M72” world tour will see the band play two nights in every city they visit — each “No Repeat Weekend” will feature two completely…



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