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Metallica have announce via their official website that they’ve started their own label, the inaugural release of which will be Quebec Magnetic, a live DVD/Blu-ray for which the band apparently took all of three seconds to brainstorm a name. (Meanwhile, the cover art, above, seems to be based on one of Dave Mustaine’s nocturnal emissions.) The announcement statement says that “There are still some “‘i’s’ being dotted and ‘t’s’ crossed, so we can’t give you a name or fancy logo just yet,” but given the creativity of the DVD’s title, I’m guessing it’s going to be called THE RECORD LABEL METALLICA OWNS or something clever like that.

This news should not really come as a surprise to anyone, given the following statement Lars Ulrich made in 2009:

“The primary–not the only, but the primary–function of a record label is to act as a bank. When you’re fortunate enough to be successful and so on, you don’t need to rely on record companies as the banks.”

Interestingly enough, in that same interview, Ulrich goes on to say he wants to pick Trent Reznor’s brain about self-distributing… and Reznor’s How to Destroy Angels project recently signed with Columbia because Reznor ultimately felt that a label could better promote his work than he could. It will be interesting to see if Metallica ultimately fare any better, or return to the loving embrace of a label at some point.

Meanwhile, Quebec Magnetic documents two concerts the band played in, duh, Quebec in 2009, and it has a whopping EIGHT songs from Death Magnetic on it. I don’t see anything from the Load albums or St. Anger, though, so hip-hip-hoo-ray for silver linings.

Here’s the set list:

Tracklisting
That Was Just Your Life
The End Of The Line
The Four Horsemen
The Shortest Straw
One
Broken, Beat & Scarred
My Apocalypse
Sad But True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
The Judas Kiss
The Day That Never Comes
Master of Puppets
Battery
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
Killing Time
Whiplash
Seek & Destroy

Bonus Songs
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Holier Than Thou
Cyanide
Turn the Page
All Nightmare Long
Damage, Inc.
Breadfan
Phantom Lord

Quebec Magnetic comes out December 10, just in time for your mom to think she’s being really cool by buying it for you for as a holiday gift. Make sure she saves her receipt so you can return it for store credit!

[via The PRP]

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