Metallica have released a video featuring their live debut of latest song, Hardwired, which was shot in Minneapolis over the weekend. Watch it below.

Drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that, since, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, had been recorded on an instrument-by-instrument basis, Metallica hadn’t played Hardwired together as a band until five days before the show.

He told Rolling Stone, “I’ve been getting lots of cool texts from buddies, talking about how much they’re digging the new song. It’s a good time to be alive.”

He added, “That’s actually the last song we wrote for the record. We started this album by throwing different ideas around. The shape of it, as a collection of songs, didn’t come into focus until we were deep into it. At that point, the songs were getting tighter, shorter and leaner.

A couple of months ago, we were taking stock of the record and thought maybe we should write one more fast, little crazy song, and that became Hardwired. It just kind of happened. I think James and I and I wrote and recorded it in less than a week – which, for us, is basically a nanosecond.”

To read more about Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and to view the official video for, Hardwired, please click here.

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is set to be released, on November 18th.

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  • scott gul on

    I cannot believe no one has mentioned the lead riff is an absolute rip off of Metal Church’s No Tomorrow from their awesome last album!! That said, after pretty much hating on Metallica for the last 15 years (except Cyanide), this is a giant leap in the right direction musically( sorry, James you still can’t actually sing , and I throw up in my mouth every time you ruin a song by trying….I miss the old days when you ruled vocally). Solid B rating.

    • Michael B on

      Probably because Metal Church’s audience is absolutely tiny compared to the reach Metallica have.

      It’s a simple snare pattern with a simple guitar riff. They’re similar, but not the same at all. Also, I’m pretty sure that, just like there are only 12 notes to play over and over again, riffs, especially metal riffs, can sound the same. There’s only so much originality you’re going to get.

      Hetfield can’t sing and makes you throw up in your mouth, but Mike Howe from Metal Church is good singer? weird.

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