Metallica have finally released their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and it’s available everywhere now. It’s been 8 years since the last album Death Magnetic was released, which saw the band modernize their classic sound and take a positive step forward from the conflicting response of 2003’s questionable release, St Anger. 

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct once again sees the band return to that classic and all too familiar sound while throwing in just enough new to make it interesting. The album is a throwback to heavy, stomping Metallica, best compared to The Black Album and …And Justice For All. As always the band stays true to their early thrash influences, yet the album is No Kill ‘Em All or Ride The Lightning. Most of the album has a slower tempo and is a progressive headbanger throughout while taking melodic inspiration from groovier songs from Master Of Puppets. 

Metallica did a world first by uniquely launching every song off the album with its own music video. Watching these makes every song feel special and you can see and experience the themes and emotions the band is conveying in each song. A refreshingly new song is ‘Dream No More’ that sees James do a hauntingly high pitched verse similar to a nightmarish themed Rob Zombie song.

It’s not all slow paced, songs like ‘Spit Out The Bone’ see Metallica go back to early thrash with one of the fastest songs on the album. It has the speed of Kill ‘Em All’s ‘Motorbreath’ and ‘The Four Horseman’ yet has the modernized polished sound of Death Magnetic. 

The new Metallica album has something for everyone. This early on it’s hard to tell how big this album is going to be. It’s enjoyable all the way through and a great addition to the Metallica discography, yet no song is an obvious standout above the rest. It will be interesting to see how this album grows over time and what songs will make it to a live setlist when Metallica finally return down under.

The album combines favourites from every album through the band’s 30 year + discography. Any fan no matter what their favourite album is will find something to enjoy. A solid release and exciting time for Metallica fans.

The album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” available everywhere on November 18.

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