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Metallica x Billabong LAB collab: Ride The Lightning… and the surf

Metallica x Billabong LAB collab: Ride The Lightning… and the surf
(Image credit: Metallica/Billabong LAB)

Thrash metal titans Metallica have now expanded their clothing collaboration with surf brand Billabong LAB (opens in new tab), drawing inspiration from more of their biggest albums, including 1991’s Metallica (the Black Album). A version of the clothing range was launched in March, focusing on design work from 1986 classic Master Of Puppets, but now the expanded range includes a Black Album Wetsuit (opens in new tab) and Ride The Lightning Board Shorts (opens in new tab), among other sick Metallica pieces.

Metallica first joined forces with Billabong LAB back in 2007, with a later 2019 collaboration focusing on clothing and accessories inspired by artwork from the band’s early albums, plus original concept art by Brian Schroeder (aka Pushead), who designed the cover art for St. Anger and illustrations for ...And Justice for All.

It's nearly summer where we are, so we’re all about the new Metallica boardshorts and have flagged up our faves below. In addition to those boardies and that badass wetsuit, the expanded Metallica x Billabong LAB collection also includes t-shirts and vests, plus hoodies and jackets for when the mercury drops. Take a look below before they sell out.

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Ride The Lightning Board Shorts | $69.95 at Billabong (opens in new tab)
There’ll be no missing you on the beach or in the park if you’re wearing these high voltage boardies. Billabong has made these shorts from a 4-way stretch recycled fabric, and plastered them with Metallica’s electrifying Ride The Lightning album artwork. UK shoppers, buy them here (opens in new tab) for £65.

Master of Puppets Boardshorts | $69.95 at Billabong (opens in new tab)
If the band’s third studio album is the one for you, look no further than these Master of Puppets shorts, based on artwork from the ground-breaking 1986 LP. Again, 4-way stretch material is used to give you as much freedom as possible when wearing them. UK buyers, grab them here (opens in new tab), priced £65.

Black Album Boardshorts | $69.95 at Billabong (opens in new tab)
Want something a little more understated? These Black Album shorts are ideal, as you’d have to look pretty closely to catch the more subtle Metallica details. That’s because the band logo on the back is black on black, just like the album cover. Available at Billabong UK (opens in new tab) for £65.

Metallica AI Boardshorts | $69.95 at Billabong (opens in new tab)
Put some thrash metal in your next pool session or surf. We’re feeling the all-over camo print, brought to life by that sweeping Metallica logo across the back of the boardshorts. There’s a side pocket for stashing your wallet or sunglasses in when out of the water. Billabong UK (opens in new tab) is also selling them for £65.

Metallica Landmine Boardshorts | $69.95 at Billabong (opens in new tab)
Featuring artwork by long-time Metallica collaborator and artist Pushead, these Landmine shorts will certainly turn heads at the beach or in the park. A drawstring waist ensures a more secure fit when you’re getting in and out of the water. The UK version is here (opens in new tab) for £65.

Metallica Shortest Straw Boardshorts | $69.95 at Billabong (opens in new tab)
One of the most arresting illustrations for ...And Justice For All, again designed by Pushead and inspired by the fifth track on the album, The Shortest Straw. These boardies are part of the same limited edition Pro Series as the others featured above, so get em now before they’re gone. On sale at Billabong UK (opens in new tab) for £65.

Metallica AI Pullover Hoodie | $79.95 at Billabong (opens in new tab)
When the sun goes down and you’re feeling the chill at the park or beach, throw this hooded fleece sweatshirt on with your new boardies. That all-important Metallica logo is on the back, with a Wave Wash pigment dye making it look as though this hoodie has been in your wardrobe for about as long as Metallica’s been together. £75 at Billabong UK (opens in new tab).

During her tenure as a Total Guitar staffer and later as a freelance music journalist, Claire has attended her fair share of festivals and has camped out at most (there may have been the odd hotel stay). Claire was also the Outdoors Editor for Louder’s sister site T3, where she was in charge of hunting down the best tents for all camping scenarios.