The daddies of metal Metallica have finally released their comeback single and announced plans to release a double-album entitled Hardwired…To Self Destruct on November 18.
The band have premiered the title track Hardwired, and holy fuck, it sounds like Metallica have finally recaptured some their former glory with a fast, straight-up thrash tune that could have been plucked directly from an album from their 90’s back catalogue, but it’s up for you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing.
The general consensus seems to be that, yes, the song is the best thing Metallica have done for about 20 years, however in comparison to what other established metal bands are doing these days it’s probably average at best.
Here’s the official press release from the band via Metallica.com.
“It really does exist! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today we proudly introduce you to , 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 Metallica.com will receive an instant download of the song ‘Hardwired’.”
So what’s the verdict? Hard-hitting thrash, or old-timey sadman music? It’s no St. Anger, but it gets a thumbs-up from me. The mix also sounds like it was modelled off a shop assistant farting into a plastic cup, so I’m not exactly sure what’s going on there either. Check it out below.
METALLICA Release New Song, Announce New Double-Album