Metallica, the biggest metal band in the world, have announced today the opening of their very own record label Blackened Records. On top of that, the band has also announced that they have acquired the ownership rights to the masters of ALL of their recordings. This was part of the contract the band signed with Warner Music Group back in 1994, where the band would be given back the masters today, Nov. 30th, 2012.
Singer/guitarist James Hetfield commented, “We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America.”
Meanwhile, Lars Ulrich talks about Blackened Records: “It’s always been about control for us as a band. Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver’s seat of our own creative destiny.”
Read on for more information.
According to the official press release, “Blackened Recordings was created by the band as a home for all of their recordings, both audio and visual, and anything else that suits them. Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties and will enter into a deal with Rhino Entertainment, who will manufacture and distribute its releases in North America. Blackened Recordings will license their releases to the Universal Music Group internationally.”
The first release through Blackened Records will be the upcoming live DVD/Blu-Ray Quebec Magnetic. You can find more information on that release here.