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San Francisco rock legends Metallica have announced that after 28 years with Warner Brothers Records, the band will be going independent by launching their own record label, Blackened Recordings.

“You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it’s always been about us taking control of all things ‘Tallica to give you 110% on every single level every single time,” the band said in a press release about the move, which also gives the band ownership of their back catalog master recordings. “Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, putting us in the driver’s seat of our own creative destiny. We’re looking forward to making more music and getting it all out to you in our own unique way.”

The first release on Blackened Recordings will be Quebec Magnetic, a concert DVD of the band’s 2009 performances in Quebec City on the World Magnetic tour. The DVD is scheduled for release on December 10.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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