Metallica discover irony, consider Radiohead release model

    Not even a decade after Metallica was shocked–shocked, I say–to discover "I Disappear" appearing online before the song’s release, the band has seemingly slipped deep into senility and started discussing possible plans for their tenth album: a Radiohead/Nine Inch Nails-style internet release. Faced with the end of their Warner Bros. relationship now that their ninth album–due in stores this autumn (and, therefore, for free on the internet this July)–fulfills their contractual oblications and apparently unimpressed by so-called 360 deals with companies like Live Nation, Lars Ulrich has expressed an interest in vetting the internet as a viable distribution alternative, Gisewise is reporting. Like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, Ulrich says that Metallica "want[s] to be as free a player as possible." No, not that kind of "free."