Listen to Metallica’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ Album in Its Entirety
Here we are, just one day before the release of Hardwired... To Self-Destruct, the first studio album from Metallica since they released Death Magnetic in 2008. The band had been teasing the album since August when they suddenly announced the record alongside a music video for the opening song, "Hardwired." With two more tracks out prior to yesterday, the thrashers emptied out everything else they had with a rollout of nine music videos for the remaining songs on the album and now the entire record can be heard sequentially in the playlist at the bottom of the page.
The first three videos, "Hardwired," "Moth Into Flame" and "Atlas, Rise!" were pretty standard with shots of Metallica performing in a rehearsal space. The rest of the videos, however, were just the opposite as each focused on a specific narrative. Overall, the album itself is divided between massive, mid-tempo grooves and freight train-like speed, offering something for fans of all eras. "Spit Out the Bone" and "Moth Into Flame" both entertain hyper-melodic sections while "Dream No More" and "Murder One" crush with imposing rhythms.
Earlier in the year, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that Metallica had recorded a music video for each track, but it's doubtful anyone expected the roll out that took place. Now the big question on everyone's mind is what songs will the band include on upcoming set lists? They've already performed "Hardwired," "Moth Into Flame" and "Atlas, Rise!" live and Robert Trujillo indicated they'll be taking the show on a stadium tour across the U.S. next summer.
Keeping up with surprises, it was announced today (Nov. 17) that the entire Metallica catalog will be offered on the streaming service Napster. Many, of course, remember the infamous battle between the band and Napster around the turn of the millennium when they rallied against illegal music downloading.
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