Metallica release title track from new album, ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’

Posted by on August 18, 2016

Well, that was sudden. We finally have new Metallica. While on Minneapolis radio station 93X discussing their show this weekend, Lars Ulrich decided to premiere a new song from the band. “Hardwired,” simply put, is a rager. In under 3:30, the uptempo song gets in and out like a sucker punch, not unlike “Fight Fire With Fire.” In fact, at 3:18, it’s the band’s shortest studio song since Kill ‘Em All‘s “Motorbreath,” which was 3:08. They also announced that their long-in-the-works double-album will be released on November 18th and will be called Hardwired… To Self Destruct. It’s been two years since we’ve heard music from Metallica, when they dropped “Lords of Summer” before their Summer tour. Hardwired… To Self Destruct, the band’s 10th album, will come out about eight years and two months after their last one, Death Magnetic. It will be the band’s first double-album of original music that’s not Lulu, and if you pre-order the album, you’ll get an instant-grat download of “Hardwired.” Here’s what the band said via their web site:

It really does exist! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today we proudly introduce you to Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, the long awaited next Metallica studio album that is the follow-up to Death Magnetic! Two discs, nearly 80 minutes of music is coming your way on November 18, 2016… yes, THIS YEAR!

Hardwired… represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you. If anyone was tuned into radio station 93X in Minneapolis earlier today, you heard the world debut of the first track, “Hardwired” and we’re hoping you’ll hear a lot more of it in the coming days. Produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James and Lars, this is our 11th studio album and is available for pre-order in a variety of configurations including 12 songs on a double CD, vinyl, digital download, as well as a deluxe version with the riffs that were the origins of the album. Everyone who pre-orders the album through will receive an instant download of the song “Hardwired.”

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… INCOMING!


Disc One

Atlas, Rise!
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Am I Savage?
Halo On Fire

Disc Two

Dream No More
Here Comes Revenge
Murder One
Spit Out The Bone
Disc Three (Deluxe Edition Only)

Lords Of Summer
Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
Plow (Riff Origins)
Sawblade (Riff Origins)
RIP (Riff Origins)
Lima (Riff Origins)
91 (Riff Origins)
MTO (Riff Origins)
RL72 (Riff Origins)
Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
CHI (Riff Origins)
X Dust (Riff Origins)

Interesting to see that they’ve tweaked their logo a little bit to make it look cyber-distressed. The album artwork is, well, colorful. Check the single artwork out below the video.



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