Metallica to launch album online

Metallica are moving forward with plans to release their forthcoming album online - starting with the launch of material on their new website on Monday.

The site, 'Mission: Metallica', will provide downloads of the band's latest material, live shows and delivery of the album upon its arrival in stores, although there is no mention of the cost of the service.

The website also includes promises of video footage of the band in the studio, writing songs and the chance to win backstage passes for upcoming concerts.

The untitled album is currently set for release later this year and will mark the band's ninth studio album and an end to their record deal with Warners.

Metallica will join bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, who have all released their own material online.

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