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Metallica Return With New Double Album; Drop First Single “Hardwired”

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On the off chance you spent your entire weekend under a rock, the biggest rock band in the world – motherfucking Metallica – have finally announced the insanely anticipated follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. A double album with each side spanning six cuts, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct will hit shelves on November 18th via the band’s own record label, Blackened.

While twelve tracks doesn’t seem immediately massive, it’s worth noting that Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is supposedly over 80-minutes long – that might not make up for Lulu, but it certainly makes up for the eight-year gap between non-collaborative efforts. There’s also a deluxe edition of Hardwired on the cards, which adds one more OG ‘Talica banger and thirteen ‘Riff Origin’ jams.

The new album was produced by Greg Fidelman (who also turned the dials on Lulu and Death Magnetic) alongside Metallica frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.

In addition to the album announcement, the band dropped its lead single and semi-title track, “Hardwired”. It’s definitely Metallica, if not sprinkled with a few new touches that only make the track stand out more.

As for touring news? Metallica were last seen Down Under to headline Soundwave 2013, and it looks like we might not be waiting as long as we’d expected to see them again. “Keep watching this space for more information, we cannot wait to hit the road to play these songs live and get in your faces once again, so strap yourselves in,” the band said in a statement.

Get your headbang on with “Hardwired” below!

Now watch Metallica debut the track for the first time live:

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct drops November 18th via Blackened
Pre-order it: JB HiFiSanity | Webstore | iTunes


Disc One
1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two
1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three (Deluxe Edition only)
1. Lords Of Summer
2. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
3. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
4. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
5. Plow (Riff Origins)
6. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
7. RIP (Riff Origins)
8. Lima (Riff Origins)
9. 91 (Riff Origins)
10. MTO (Riff Origins)
11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
13. CHI (Riff Origins)
14. X Dust (Riff Origins)

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