Metallica dropped a new song, “Hardwired,” this week, complete with a video. The thrash legends also announced that a full album, Hardwired … To Self Destruct, was coming out this November.
The craziest part about this? The song is actually pretty darn good. I was a huge Metallica fan growing up, but I never got into the band’s last album, 2008’s Death Magnetic, and just kind of assumed these guys would never do anything I liked again. This song shows that maybe, just maybe, they had a few more tricks up their sleeves than I gave them credit for.
Of course … the song is just over three minutes, and it is basically one riff over and over while James does his James thing, so I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much.
(Hear that double bass near the end? Lars, you mad man, did you remember how to play the drums?!)
Watch the video below — until we hear more, I will remain cautiously optimistic that this album has some life to it.