The heavy metal band have purchased a majority stake in Furnace Record Pressing
Metallica have come up with a simple (although admittedly expensive) solution to record pressing hold ups: buy your own pressing plant. The band are now majority partners in Furnace Record Pressing, a plant based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Furnace is one of the largest vinyl pressing plants in the US and has worked extensively with Metallica in the past, on albums such as Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets.
“Furnace has been great to Metallica and more importantly to our fans,” said vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield. “This deepened relationship between Metallica and Furnace ensures that fans of vinyl everywhere, particularly our Fifth Members, will have continued access to high quality records in the future.”
Drummer Lars Ulrich added: “We couldn’t be more happy to take our partnership with Furnace – and Eric, Ali and Mark specifically – to the next level. Their indie spirit, the passion they have for their craft… culturally we’re kindred souls.”
“Knowing our long-term future is secured while also being better able to take advantage of growth opportunities is really exciting for every member of the Furnace staff,” said Furnace founder Eric Astor.
Catch Metallica at Download Festival this June. Find Download tickets here.