Mandatory Metallica — Metallica’s one-and-only, limited-engagement SiriusXM channel — launched this month in honour of the 30th anniversary of the band’s self-titled album. It’s mandatory listening for metal fans.
Mandatory Metallica is also available anytime on the SXM App until the end of the year.
Throughout its run, listeners can rock out to music spanning the band’s entire catalog, including live concert performances and rare tracks. Band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo share commentary about their music, some of their favorite songs by other artists, personal stories about their career, and more.
Metallica fans will also hear the band discuss what went into compiling the various formats of the remastered Black Album, and hear cover songs and commentary from artists who contributed to The Metallica Blacklist, the new covers album featuring more than 50 musicians each doing their unique takes on favorite songs from Metallica’s Black Album.
Mandatory Metallica airs three concerts per day at 12 pm ET, 6 pm ET, and 12 am ET, spanning more than four decades of music from the ’80s through to their most recent tour. Additionally, Metal Ambassador and SiriusXM host Jose Mangin will chat with James Hetfield about The Metallica Blacklist, the 30th Anniversary of the Black Album, and much more on Mandatory Metallica on Friday, September 10th at 9 am, with replays at 4 pm and 10 pm; Saturday, September 11th at 11 am and 5 pm; Sunday, September 12th at 3 pm and 8 pm; Monday, September 13th at 10 am; Tuesday, September 14th at 9 pm; and Wednesday, September 15th at 5 pm (all times ET).
The highly anticipated remastered version of Metallica’s Black Album is available in multiple formats, including a deluxe box set, double vinyl LP, and a three-CD expanded edition. The Black Album is one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records of all time. Its 1991 release not only gave Metallica its first #1 album in no fewer than 10 countries, including a four-week run at #1 in the U.S., its unrelenting series of singles — “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and “Sad But True” — fueled the band’s rise to stadium headlining, radio, and MTV dominating household name status. The album’s reception from the press was similarly charged, building over the years from the top 10 of the 1991 Village Voice Pazz & Jop national critics poll to becoming a constant presence in the likes of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all Time. The album’s impact and relevance continues to grow — as proven by one indisputable fact: Metallica’s Black Album remains unchallenged as the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen Soundscan, outselling every release in every genre over the past 30 years.
The Metallica Blacklist offers up new dimensions of the record with a gravitational pull that first drew the mainstream to Metallica — and provides new insights into the universal and timeless appeal that kept it there: the boundary-smashing influence these 12 songs have had on fans and musicians of all stripes. The Metallica Blacklist’s 53 tracks find singer-songwriters, country artists, and electronic and hip hop artists sharing their love of these songs alongside punk rockers, indie darlings, icons of rock, metal, world music, and many, many more… And for 50+ good causes: Profits will be divided evenly between charities of the artists’ choice and Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, established in 2017 as a way for the Metallica family to give back to communities that have supported the band.