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February 16th 2006
Through a post on their official website, Metallica announced today that they will be working with Rick Rubin for their next album. Rumors of Rubin collaborating with Metallica have been circulating since late 2005, but the band has not confirmed (or denied) these rumors until now.

It is not known why Metallica decided to terminate their relationship with long-time producer Bob Rock, who has worked with the band since 1990. Some speculate that Rock's schedule for 2006 was too busy. Among other bands, he is slated to work with Motley Crue later this year. Others are speculating that there may be some tension between Metallica and Rock as a result of the "St. Anger" recording sessions, which are chronicled in the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." It's also worth noting that many Metallica fans dislike Bob Rock, as seen at http://www.petitiononline.com/SaveMet/petition.html. However, this was probably not a factor in Metallica's decision.

Rick Rubin is well known for his work with rock and metal acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, Slayer, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Audioslave, and Slipknot.