Metallica Still Doesn't Get It: Forces Early Reviews Of Latest Album Offline

from the have-they-ever-used-the-internet? dept

While Metallica has been trying to appear more internet friendly these days, it sounds like the band still has a lot to learn. Representatives of the band invited a bunch of music journalists and bloggers to a "listening party" last week to hear tracks off its upcoming album. Attendees weren't asked to sign any kind of embargo or non-disclosure form. So, as you might expect, some of them went home and wrote up quick reviews based on what they heard. And that was the point at which Metallica representatives went around demanding that these early reviewers take down the reviews, claiming that the songs they heard were an early mix of the album, rather than the final cut. If that's the case, then they shouldn't have played it for journalists -- or they should have at least required a non-disclosure agreement. To go around forcing journalists to remove their reviews of music played for them by a Metallica representative is simply ridiculous. Not only that, but it wasn't even as if the reviews were bad. Last time we wrote about Metallica, we noted that the band was still suffering from the hit its reputation took in 2000 when it sued Napster and various colleges. Pulling stunts like this only makes sure that its reputation will continue to slide.

Filed Under: internet, metallica, reviews, takedowns


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    HellHound, 10 Jun 2008 @ 9:10am

    Crybabies are not very METAL at all

    Since when does a "metal" band care if someone doesn't like what they're doing anyway???!!! They should be happy anyone cares to write about them at all or hear what they're creating, instead of being so petty and concerned that someone might hear their message who hasn't ponied up. My first Metallica songs were taped off the radio then shared with my friends who later bought records and paid to see these guys play. I will no longer pay these rich crybaby assholes and hope no one buys the new record or goes to see these wuss "teen idol pop divas" any more. Take your place with KISS and Def Leppard who also formerly rocked but became wuss bands. Long live Motorhead!

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