Update: Metallica apologise to bloggers

Perhaps Metallica don't fear the internet after all
Perhaps Metallica don't fear the internet after all

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".

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).