Metallica Preview New Album With Breakneck Song ‘Hardwired’

Lars Ulrich announces ‘Hardwired … to Self-Destruct’ LP for November on Facebook Live broadcast

After months of buildup, Metallica have announced that they will put out their first LP in eight years, the double-disc Hardwired … to Self Destruct on November 18th. The LP, which follows up 2008’s Death Magnetic, will contain 12 new songs (track list below), one of which is “Hardwired,” the breakneck, crushing new song above. The record will be available in a variety of formats, including regular and deluxe CDs and vinyl alongside a digital release. The band will also release a box-set edition containing the deluxe versions of the CD, vinyl and digital as well as lithographs and LP-themed buttons.

The group debuted “Hardwired” in aFacebook Live broadcast from their studio in San Francisco, where Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo talked about the record. The record was produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered Death Magnetic, along with Hetfield and Ulrich. Ulrich also announced a Metallica pop-up store in Minneapolis, where they areplaying a concert on Saturday. “The album’s not actually finished,” Ulrich said. “It will be done in the next week or so.”

At the end of 2015, Metallica posted a video on its fan-club website in which Ulrich brings a camera into the studio where James Hetfield was recording a few seconds of a crushing, doomy guitar riff. Around Christmas, they also posted another video in which Hetfield enlisted its studio cat to press play on about 10 seconds of a new song. In February, Kirk Hammett promised Rolling Stone that the band was “slogging away” in the studio. “It’s metal,” he said. “It’s heavy.”

In March, Ulrich told Rolling Stone he expected 2016 to be a “pretty in-your-face year, at least the back half of it.” He said that it’s been an interesting lead-up to the new LP for him since the group was working on reissues of its first few albums. “We’ve had one foot in the past, sifting through old photos and old memorabilia and listening to old songs, and another in the new album,” he said. “It’s been a confluence of all these different energies, and I’m not even sure exactly what to make of all of it.” He said he’d hoped that the band could “knock [the new record] on the head” by spring.

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