Metallica Will Release ASL Interpretations of All ’72 Seasons’ Music Videos – Watch Title Track Now
In an announcement video shared across Metallica's social media networks, hardcore deaf Metallica fan Tom Osbourne helped the band reveal the unprecedented news.
"It is my honor to announce on April 25th, Metallica will release all music videos from 72 Seasons in ASL," Osbourne signed on-camera in the video, which you can view below. "Metallica is the first major rock band to do this. To celebrate National ASL Day, Metallica partnered up with Amber G Productions and D-PAN to release the official music video for "72 Seasons" in ASL."
Watch Metallica's 72 Seasons ASL Announcement
The Deaf Professional Arts Network, or D-PAN, is a non-profit organization that seeks to support the deaf and hard-of-hearing community by making music more accessible; it was founded in 2006 by deaf musician Sean Forbes and producer Joel Martin. They have worked with Amber G Productions on several different projects in the past; the production company was founded by interpreter Amber Galloway.
The first video released, "72 Seasons," features a side-by-side of the original music video for the title track and a video of Galloway signing the lyrics. Based on the footage included in the announcement video with Osbourne, it appears that different interpreters will be featured in the remaining music videos. You can view Metallica's YouTube playlist for the new ASL videos here.
Watch Metallica's Official ASL Interpretation For "72 Seasons"
As of the writing of this story, Metallica have released official lyric videos for all 12 tracks from 72 Seasons as well as music videos for "Lux Æterna," "Screaming Suicide," "If Darkness Had a Son," "72 Seasons" and "Room of Mirrors."