Metallica will release every music video from their new album, “72 Seasons,” in American Sign Language.
The title track video is out now. The eleven remaining songs will be released with lyrics and ASL next Tuesday. Metallica say it’s been an honor to work with Amber Galloway, who has been signing at music festivals that include Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
The album is a typical Metallica album — fast and furious with superb artistry — and lyrics that poke at the scab of pain and alienation. Yet there are some shoots of hope, as when Hetfield snarls, “Without darkness/There’s no light.”
“Darkness is easy to talk about for me. So, so easy. And I wanted to offer a little more light in it,” says James Hetfield, who has been frank with his battles with addiction.
The title refers to the first 18 years of a person’s life and the album explores the cruelty of youth and the dangers of growing up.
“I wish I knew then what I know now — you can take that sentence, and apply it to the whole concept of this album,” says Kirk Hammett. “It’s a real provocative sort of concept that’s somewhat challenging and somewhat introspective.”