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OTRC: Metallica and Lou Reed record album together

Metallica's James Hetfield and singer Lou Reed (right) appear in a recording studio in a photo posted on Reed's website on June 15, 2011. Metallica and Reed confirmed they have worked on an album together. (loureed.com)

Metallica and Lou Reed have recorded an album together as part of a collaboration that the veteran rock star calls "perfection" and a "marriage made in heaven."

The record features 10 songs and its title and release date has not yet been made public.

"We are proud to announce that Lou has just completed recording a full length album in collaboration with heavy metal band, Metallica!" a recent message on Reed's website, titled "Loutallica," said.

"Ever since Lou had the pleasure of performing with Lars, James, Kirk and Robert at the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, they have been discussing the possibility of making a record together," the message added. "They have finally realized this dream and have spent the past month recording at Metallica's HQ studio outside San Francisco."

Reed, 69, told Rolling Stone magazine that the collaboration was "A marriage made in heaven," adding: "I knew it from the first day we played together: 'Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me.'"

The American singer and the band are "putting the finishing touches on the album now," the message on Reed's website said. Rolling Stone said he composed the songs, which contain "significant arrangement contributions" from Metallica "that suggest a raging union of his 1973 noir classic, 'Berlin,' and Metallica's '86 crusher, 'Master of Puppets.'"

Metallica, made up of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, rose to fame in the 1980s and the group's commercial hits include "Enter Sandman," "Master of Puppets" and "Nothing Else Matters." Reed was once part of the rock group The Velvet Underground and started to become famous in the 1970s with solo songs such as ""Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day."

"While at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week," a message on Metallica's website said on Wednesday, June 15. The band also called Reed a "true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history."

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