The first full track from Metallica's controversial collaboration with Lou Reed has been posted online.

Fans reacted angrily after the first snippet from The View hit the net last week, and the full version of the song, now on YouTube, is unlikely to sway those attitudes.

The unlikely studio buddies have joined forces for the album Lulu, due out on October 30 and Reed has called it "the best thing I have ever done".

But the 30-second taster from the 10-track album was greeted with disdain by fans of the stadium-filling metal act.

NZ Herald TimeOut writer Scott Kara called it "haphazard drivel" - and fans on the website agreed with him.


"It's like a train wreck - you can't look away," said one poster.

"I honestly hoped this was a joke when I first heard it," said another.

Commentators on YouTube, where the video has had more than 600,000 listens in just three days, also showed their disapproval, with 1883 "dislikes" to only 916 "likes".

Other fans questioned the judgements being made on a 30-second sample of a 60-minute album.

Reed, 69, told The Guardian he was proud of his work with Metallica.

"We pushed as far as we possibly could within the realms of reality," Reed said.

"This is the best thing I ever did, and I did it with the best group I could possibly find. By definition, everybody involved was honest. This has come into the world pure."

Check out The View from Lulu below:

- Herald online