Metallica and Lou Reed unveil 'The View'

On the face of it, Lou Reed and Metallica don't appear to be obvious musical partners: one is the king of louche 60s Rock, complete with stoned, druggy grooves, and the others are the kings of thrash metal, stadium-filling hard rock pioneers with funny beards and a gravelly, growling delivery. However, they've released a track together, and by golly if it isn't quite good.

The song, which is called 'The View', is to be released as a download on 27 September, and comes from the album collaboration 'Lulu'. The album is based on the 1913 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, which is about the life of an abused dancer. If that deosn't sound weird enough, check out the 30-second preview here – mental.

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