If you’re a die-hard Metallica fan and a vinyl aficionado, the band has some exciting news for you.
Rare cuts, demos and live rarities are on the way to those who sign up for the new Metallica Vinyl Club. It’s available exclusively to Fifth Members. Each subscription includes a personalized membership card, four 7” vinyl records and select releases throughout the year. Membership sign-ups begin March 31st.
“It’s been super exciting to see the resurgence of vinyl and how much enjoyment we all get collecting, exploring and connecting with other fans mining for lost treasures,” Metallica said in a statement. “Those of us who love the look, feel and sonic warmth of vinyl are sorta in our little exclusive club, so with that in mind, we thought it would be fun to start adding to our collections on a regular basis.”
According to Nielsen Music’s 2019 year-end report, vinyl now represents 26% of all physical album sales with 18.8 million units sold. That’s compared to 54.8 million CDs.
The vinyl club is just the latest way Metallica continues to make news in every way possible. It was recently announced that the band had a deep-sea crustacean named after them.
"The powerful music of Metallica has accompanied me the majority of my life," said Dr. Torben Riehl, who, along with Dr. Bart De Smet, discovered the worm-like creature in the northern Pacific. "Songs such as 'Master of Puppets' and "One' are outstanding masterpieces in rock history and I am thrilled to be able to give something back to the band by naming a new species after them!"