The metal legends in Metallica have been touring for nearly two solid years since the release of their last studio album, Death Magnetic.
Now the group is finally wrapping up their time on the road with a fall tour of Australia and New Zealand, they’re commemorating the occasion by releasing Six Feet Down Under, a compilation EP of live performances from the tour.
Two songs were chosen from each of their Australian tours, ranging from 1989 to 2004, and the track quality ranges from fan bootlegs to live-multi track recordings.
“Be gentle with us,” the band said in a statement. “…A few of these songs are, well, we’ll say ‘rough,’ which may be an understatement!! They do, however, capture the live moments and hopefully you’ll have as much fun listening as we did playing on those nights.”
Given the time frames, the EP comes off as a timeline of the band’s evolution, including the switch from bassist Jason Newstead to Robert Trujillo, who took up the low-end position in 2003. Newstead is featured on the first six tracks, with Trujillo playing on the last two from their 2004 tour.
The EP is only available through Trans-Tasman record stores and the Metallica website.
Six Feet Down Under Tracklist:
- Eye of the Beholder – Recorded live on May 4, 1989 at Festival Hall in Melbourne
- …And Justice For All – Recorded live on May 4, 1989 at Festival Hall in Melbourne
- Through the Never – Recorded live on April 8, 1993 at the Entertainment Centre in Perth
- The Unforgiven – Recorded live on April 4, 1993 at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne
- Low Man’s Lyric (Acoustic) – Recorded live on April 11, 1998 at the Entertainment Centre in Perth
- Devil’s Dance – Recorded live on April 12, 1998 at the Entertainment Centre in Perth
- Frantic – Recorded live on January 21, 2004 at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney
- Fight Fire With Fire – Recorded live on January 19, 2004 at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane