Despite my penchant for modern styles of metal, I will always love Metallica. What lover of heavy metal music doesn’t at least nod their head to their influence and talent? Cliff Burton remains one of my heroes as a bassist, and the band’s ability to stay relevant for so long warrants examination by musicians of any level. Despite some ups and downs (and St. Anger), Metallica has remained among the kings of metal for both old and young metalheads alike. It seems like every few months there’s either a rumor of the band’s final encore or – in the opposite direction – that this is the year for a new Metallica album.
Metalheads rejoice, for our prayers have been answered. (Well, most of them.)
On August 18, Metallica released “Hardwired,” the lead single from their new officially upcoming album. It’s everything we’ve come to expect of the quartet: fast, aggressive riffage; lots of galloping triplets; Hetfield’s angry and aggressive voice belting out some catchy lyrics that deal with introspective issues; high gain guitars. Thrash metal is alive and kicking. The video is surprisingly minimalist, especially for a band of Metallica’s production caliber.
Cursing is nothing new to Metallica’s lyricism, butbe warned that this video goes extra hard in that department with both the F word and S word in the chorus, repeating several times throughout the song. However, if you’re not bothered by curse words and willing to look beyond it, this is definitely a Metallica classic in the making. The most intriguing part looking forward, in my opinion, is that the band returned to engineer Greg Fidelman, the same engineer as 2008’s Death Magnetic. Let’s just hope they don’t return to the same mastering engineer.
“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” is due November 18 on Blackened Records via Universal.
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