Metallica has partnered with master distiller Dave Pickerell to create Blackened, a unique blend of straight American whiskey. Pickerell, a chemical engineer renowned in the spirits community, selected the blend of bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys from across North America, housed them in black brandy barrels and inundated them with low hertz soundwaves from Metallica songs that were so intense that they enhanced the molecular interaction and the finish of the whiskey. Pickerell was inspired by using sound to manipulate whiskey while working as a Professor of Chemistry at West Point, where the sound of world’s largest church organ would reverberate through the walls of the lab and, according to the distiller, “really shake your guts.” The sound wave on the front of the bottle is the actual digital wave from the Metallica song “Blackened” and each bottle of the inaugural batch is labeled 081, to honor 1981, the year the band was formed. Each batch of 5,000 bottles of Blackened American Whiskey will come with an accompanying Spotify or Apple Music playlist of Metallica songs that were played to shape the flavor of the whiskey. Blackened will be available in stores, restaurants, and bars surrounding a handful of U.S. tour dates this fall and online at or