Metallica launches site ahead of new album

Site offers song teasers, video, contests

NEW YORK -- As the September release of its first album in five years draws near, Metallica has launched the Web site Mission: Metallica to offer fans a wealth of exclusive content and teasers of new songs.

A preview clip shows the band recording and clowning around in the studio. Fans who sign up will be eligible to "win backstage passes to every show this summer," among other special offers.

Mission: Metallica also has a "platinum" level, entitling fans to a copy of the new album delivered on street date, weekly "fly on the wall" video clips, contests to travel to shows and/or Metallica's San Francisco compound, live show downloads, ringtones and more.

It is unclear what, if anything, the services will cost.

Metallica will be on the road this summer in advance of the as-yet-untitled album, beginning Wednesday with a show at Los Angeles' Wiltern LG. A European run begins May 28 in Chorzow, Poland.
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