With Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo being enthusiastic surfers, it makes sense that the thrash pioneers would drop serious surf-oriented merch. Enter the badass new Billabong x Metallica 2019-2020 Collection, which will be released in five product deliveries, each designed according to a different album/theme — including original concept art by revered artist Pushead — through March 2020. The first delivery revolves around Metallica's classic 1991 self-titled LP, a.k.a. "The Black Album," and features a T-shirt crafted from 100 percent combed ring-spun cotton, boardshorts made from recycled plastics, a cotton corduroy jacket, neoprene wetsuit and more. You can check it out now on billabong.com.
"We're so excited to draw on Billabong's long-time relationship with Metallica to celebrate their tremendous impact on surf culture through this premium collection," said Evan Slater, VP of Global Marketing at Billabong. "Combining Metallica's genre-defining album artwork and Billabong LAB's forward-thinking apparel and wetsuit designs adds up to something far greater than the sum of all parts. We're blown away with the results."
"For myself, the exhilaration of heavy metal and the exhilaration of riding a wave are one and the same, Hammett commented. "The new collaboration reflects this incredible feeling."
"There's a lot of rage in metal, but it's a good rage," added Trujillo. "It's a great release, almost like surfing, out in the rhythm of the ocean."
The new collection is not the first time Billabong have collaborated with Metallica. In 2007, the surf brand teamed with the band for a collection featuring Andy Irons as the hero athlete. The special relationship between Metallica and Irons, a three-time surfing world champion who passed away in 2010, will also be celebrated in one of the new Billabong x Metallica releases. A portion of the proceeds from this collection will help support the Andy Irons Foundation in its youth outreach efforts.