Metallica has teamed with clothing line Billabong on a full line of surfwear. The board shorts and bikini maker will roll out the collection in five installment between now and March 2020, with each set patterned after one of the band’s classic albums. The first set came out on Tuesday (October 22nd) and is based on 1991’s “Black Album.”
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett commented, “For myself, the exhilaration of heavy metal and the exhilaration of riding a wave are one and the same. The new collaboration reflects this incredible feeling.” Bassist Rob Trujillo added, “There’s a lot of rage in metal, but it’s a good rage. It’s a great release, almost like surfing, out in the rhythm of the ocean.” Both Hammett and Trujillo are avid surfers.
The collection features shirts, jackets, and hoodies in addition to boardshorts and wetsuits. The “Black Album” collection touts a denim jacket for $149.95, a T-shirt priced at $35.95, boardshorts for $69.95 and a one-piece wetsuit for $349.95, each emblazoned with the iconic snake from the LP’s cover.
This is the second time Metallica and Billabong have joined forces for a run of apparel. They previously teamed up in 2007 for Death Magnetic-themed pieces that celebrated the late surf champion Andy Irons. Metallica will once again honor Irons, as a portion of the proceeds from this 2019-2020 collection will support the youth outreach efforts of the Andy Irons Foundation.