are set to play a full tour of the UK for the first time since October 1996.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday October 24th, and support on all dates will be Machine Head and The Sword.
The band's recent release 'Death Magnetic' has hit the No. 1 slot in 32 countries, including two weeks at the top in the UK.
On their last visit to the UK in September this year, Metallica played an intimate show in front of 300 competition winners at the BBC Radio Theatre which was later transmitted on Radio 1 in a five hour Metallica-fest.
The band said “we can't wait to visit the UK again, so strap in, hang on, and get ready for the nuttiness to begin!"
Dates are as follows (tough luck if you live in the South or Wales!)
Wed 25th February 2009 - Nottingham Trent FM Arena
Thurs 26th - Manchester Evening News Arena
Sat 28th - Sheffield Arena
Mon 2nd March - London O2 Arena
Tues 3rd - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Wed 25th - Birmingham LG Arena
Thurs 26th - Glasgow SECC
Ticket prices are £45 in London and £40 in all other areas. Visit www.ticketline.co.uk for, erm, tickets.