‘There’s been a lot of darkness in my life’: James Hetfield Talks Inspiration Behind Metallica’s 72 Seasons Album Title

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In April of 2023, we will be getting the new Metallica album 72 Seasons. A week ago today, the band shared news of this new record, as well as shared a new song with fans.

Speaking to this upcoming record, band guitarist and singer James Hetfield spoke about the inspiration behind the album’s title. He shares that it came from a book he was reading, and how the first 18 years of one’s life takes place over 72 seasons. Here is everything James Hetfield had to say about the inspiration behind 72 Seasons:

“’72 Seasons’ came out of a book I was reading about childhood, basically, and sorting out childhood as an adult. And 72 seasons is basically the first 18 years of your life. How do you evolve and grow and mature and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons? Some things are more difficult than others, you know, some things you can’t unsee and they’re with you for the rest of your life, and other things you’re able to rewind the tape and make a new tape in your life. So that’s the real interesting part for me, is how you’re able to address those situations as an adult and mature.

“There’s been a lot of darkness in my life and in our career and things that have happened with us, but always having a sense of hope, always having the light that is in that darkness; and without darkness, there is no light. And being able to focus a little more on the light in life instead of all of the, how it used to be and how horrible it is. There’s a lot of good things going on in life — focusing on that instead, and it helps to balance out my life.”

James Hetfield adds, “And there’s no one meaning to it — everyone has some sense of hope or light in their life, and obviously, music is mine. And the song [likely referring to “Lux Æterna”] specifically talks about gathering of people at a concert and able to see the joy and the life and the love that comes out of music and the family and the kinship in that, and just a sense of uplifting.”

We are very excited to hear the new Metallica album 72 Seasons when it comes out next April. Are you excited?

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