Thrash metal pioneers Metallica have made another piece of music history by taking their place in the new Guinness World Records 2015 book.
The US rockers have been recognised for being the first musical act to perform a concert on every continent.
The band set the record after they entertained 120 scientists and competition winners in a transparent dome at Carlini Station in Antarctica in December 2013.
The hour-long show, appropriately dubbed “Freeze ‘Em All”, saw the rock band perform ten tracks.
With a Hall of Fame-caliber career spanning more than three decades, the band earned a spot in the 60th Anniversary edition of the Guinness World Records 2015 book after a whirlwind year in 2013 performing concerts in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica.
Metallica’s lead vocalist, James Hetfield commented, “Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being THE gig of a lifetime...Yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!”
Unlike regular Metallica gigs the Antarctica concert was held without traditional amplification due to the icy continent's fragile environment.
Amplifiers were instead enclosed in isolation cabinets, with the sound transmitted to the audience via headphones, similar to "silent discos" sometimes found at music festivals.
The competition to win tickets for the concert was organized in conjunction with Coca-Cola Zero for Metallica fans in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. The winners were invited on a week-long Antarctic cruise that stopped off at Carlini for the concert on 8 December.
Argentina's Carlini Station is located on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, and is named after the Argentine scientist Alejandro Ricardo Carlini. The station was erected in 1982 and is only accessible by air and water via Base Marambio.
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