Preview Metallica & Lou Reed’s ‘Lulu’ Album

Well, this is certainly... interesting.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

The legendary Lou Reed has teamed with metal icons Metallica for a series of rapid-fire studio sessions that have yielded an album "unlike any either artist has made before." Entitled Lulu, the project is already drawing a firestorm of controversy – and now we've got samples of every song on the album to further the debate."

The album was recorded at Metallica's studio north of San Francisco, and features 10 songs composed by Reed with "significant arrangement contributions by the band that suggest a raging union of his 1973 noir classic, "Berlin," and Metallica's '86 crusher, "Master of Puppets"."

What the hell does that mean?!

"A marriage made in heaven," Reed told RS from the studio. "I knew it from the first day we played together: 'Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me.' "

"I don't think we've ever felt this free," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich followed. "There's nothing that's totally outside of the boundary for us, nothing that feels like 'Oh, what happens if we go there?' The strength of us" – he gestures at Reed – "is it feels like we cannot land on a wrong place.

"They're bringing Metallica, with all that power," Reed confirmed. "And because they're pretty sophisticated, wherever I go, they're still with me."

"It doesn't feel like we're his backup band," guitarist Kirk Hammett claims. "It feels like we're a different band, in a situation we've never been in before." And, Trujillo notes, "it's making us a better band."

Find out for yourself if that's the case below:

Listen to the entire album at the project's official site

Also, CraveOnline is hooking you up with a chance to be among the first people in the world to hear Metallica and Lou Reed's hotly anticipated collaboration album at a special event in New York on October 24. Fans can enter to win tickets to listen to the new Metallica/Lou Reed album, as well as meet the members of the project who will be at the event. Learn more here.