Vans shoes and Metallica have embarked on a creative partnership delivering "shoe projects" over the next several months. Shoe projects? What are those? Well, we have all the details!

Vans will release a limited edition Vans x Metallica 20th Anniversary Half Cab Pro available in better skate shops everywhere this month. The heavy-duty canvas and suede "black to the floor" Metallica edition of the Half Cab Pro features classic band lyrics embossed in the side, exclusive Vans x Metallica x Steve Caballero labeling and a unique clear rubber sole with Kill 'Em All album artwork showing through. Find out where you can find 'em here.

But that's not all. The collaboration will continue late this winter with two more products: a four-piece "Passion Project" collection designed by each member of Metallica landing n February and a two-shoe salute to the band's debut album, Kill 'Em All, delivering in March.

The "Passion Project" collection will launch exclusively to Met Club members aka the Metallica Fan Club, in January prior to being made available to the general public. "I've been wearing Vans on stage my whole freakin' career (and way before that!)," said Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo. "Whether I'm walking the streets of Venice or San Francisco, Vans provides the funk in my stride!"

For the Metallica "Passion Projects," each bandmate - Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich - had free reign to choose any iconic Vans shoe style and make it their own. Each drew from their favorite influences in the worlds of music, action sports and art to create Vans shoes reflecting their personal style. The Vans x Metallica Passion Project shoes will be available to the general public in February.

In March, Vans and Metallica introduce Kill 'Em All theme shoes featuring two of Vans' all-time favorite styles, the Classic Slip-On and the Sk8-Hi, each emblazoned with artwork marking the 30 years since the release of Metallica's debut album.

So there are lots of Metallica + Van "shoe projects" in your future. [Via Press Release]


The Century Family of labels and bands and the Keep a Breast Foundation have partnered up for a Halloween sale. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, so it's a perfect pairing in many ways. For the entire month of October, 13 albums under The Century Family's umbrella will be for sale at iTunes. For every album sold, The Century Family will donate 50 cents to the Keep a Breast Foundation to support their cause against breast cancer.

Below is the list of albums involved in the sale.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - TAO of the Dead

Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions

Blaqk Audio - Bright Black Heaven

Fozzy - Sin and Bones

In This Moment - Blood

Iwrestledabearonce - Ruining It For Everybody

Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline

Matt Skiba & The Sekrets - Babylon

Otherwise - True Love Never Dies

Rise to Remain - City of Vultures

Suicide Silence - Black Crown

The Agonist - Prisoners

Vampires Everywhere! - Hellbound & Heartless

[Via Press Release]

Anaal Nathrakh have shared the new song 'Forging Towards the Sunset' from their forthcoming Vanitas album, which is their seventh. The disc lands on Nov. 6. Vocalist Dave Hunt eloquently summed up the album's sonics, saying it "sounds like someone showing you what the end of the world is like via the medium of a thousand hammers soaked in acid." Listen to it here. [Brooklyn Vegan]

It's been 20-plus years since grunge impacted rock music and stole the crown from the glam scene. We know, we can't believe it's been over two decades since Nirvana and Soundgarden blew the hell up. Check out this list of the 10 best bands of the grunge era. Which one is your favorite? [Loudwire]