Veteran metal act Metallica moved the release of its new Elektra album, "St. Anger," up to last Thursday from its scheduled June 10 arrival. According to the label, the move was made "to ensure that counterfeit copies of the band's first studio album in six years do not proliferate in the marketplace." In the past year, release dates for high-profile albums from Eminem and 50 Cent were moved forward for similar reasons.
"St. Anger" is the group's first album since the departure of bassist Jason Newsted, whose role was filled in the studio by producer Bob Rock (Newsted has since been replaced by Rob Trujillo). The title track debuted last week at No. 2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the highest such entry on the survey since Van Halen's "Without You" debuted at No. 1 in March 1998.
"St. Anger" will come bundled with a bonus DVD featuring Metallica playing the album tracks in a live setting. Fans who purchase the CD will also gain access to a special Web site, Metallicavault.com, featuring exclusive rare tracks from throughout the group's career.
Metallica headlines the Summer Sanitarium tour alongside Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones, and Mudvayne, beginning July 4 in Detroit.