Update: Metallica apologise to bloggers
Since reporting on Metallica's needless demands for early reviews of their forthcoming album to be taken down, the heavy metallers have posted an apology blaming management agency Q Prime for the hasty actions.
Metallica's statement reads: "We were informed that someone at Q Prime (our managers) had made the error of asking a few publications to take down reviews of the rough mixes from the new record that were posted on their sites. Our response was "WHY?!!! Why take down mostly positive reviews of the new material and prevent people from getting psyched about the next record... that makes no sense to us!"
"So after a few rounds of managerial ear spank and sentencing everyone at Q Prime to 20 push-ups each, we figured why not take matters into our own hands and just post the links here on our site. Kerrang, Metal Hammer, The Quietus".