Metallica and Lou Reed release album cover

Lou Reed and Metallica's "Lulu" Lou Reed and Metallica

(CBS) With each piece of news released by Lou Reed and Metallica, the idea of what their collaboration will sound like remains opaque. (Here's a guess: It'll sound like Metallica with Lou Reed singing/talking.)

In any event, the collaborators released the album cover art for their album "Lulu" on Sept. 1. It looks like something Reed would put out on his own.

On the Lou Reed/Metallica website, five song titles are listed. The names: "Frustration," "Junior Dad," "Little Dog," "Mistress Dread" and "Pumping Blood." Make of that what you will.

For those who need further explanation, Reed and Metallica have recorded songs written by Reed based on stories by Frank Wedekind. In the words of Rolling Stone's David Fricke, the songs sound like "a raging union of [Reed's] 1973 noir classic, 'Berlin' and Metallica's '86 crusher, 'Master of Puppets.'"

Hey, why not? We're looking forward to it. The album will be released on Nov. 1 in North America and Oct. 31 in the rest of the world.

  • David Riedel

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