Having topped album charts across Europe, Metallica have announced their first full UK tour since October 1996.

James Hetfield and friends will perform seven UK dates in 2009, all of which will be performed in the round, as their fans-only album release show at London's O2 Arena was.

Machine Head and the Sword will provide support for the dates, tickets for which go on sale at 09:00 BST on Friday October 24th.

"We can't wait to visit the UK again, so strap in, hang on, and get ready for the nuttiness to begin," said the band after the new tour was announced.

The band's recent album Death Magnetic, their ninth, topped the charts in 32 countries worldwide, including a fortnight in the UK and five weeks in Europe, even holding off the challenge of the new Oasis album.

Metallica's February and March 2009 tour dates are:

Wed 25th - Nottingham Trent FM Arena 08444 124 624 www.nottingham-arena.com

Thurs 26th - Manchester Evening News Arena 08448 478 000www.men-arena.com

Sat 28th - Sheffield Arena 0114 256 56 56 www.sheffieldarena.co.uk

Mon 2nd - London O2 Arena 0844 856 0202 www.theo2.co.uk

Tues 3rd - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666 www.metroradioarena.co.uk

Wed 25th - Birmingham LG Arena 0121 780 4133 www.necgroup.co.uk

Thurs 26th - Glasgow SECC 0870 040 4000 www.secc.co.uk

21/10/2008 04:30:01