Eight years of waiting is over for Metallica fans, as the band have released their 10th studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, the follow-up to their 2008 Grammy-winning platinum album Death Magnetic.
The band made the surprise announcement in August that they would be releasing their first studio album for eight years. They then caught Minneapolis radio station 93X on the hop by unleashing the first track from the album, Hardwired, live during an interview. Fans were also treated to creepy masks to go with the band’s Halloween single release Atlas, Rise.
This week the band kept the surprises coming by rolling out videos for every song in the album, one coming every two hours simultaneously around the world. The band collaborated with a range of directors and producers to create each one.
Metallica are in the UK this week to mark the release with a series of unique performances. The rockers kick off their visit with a session at the historic Maida Vale Studios on November 17 before heading to HMV Oxford Street for a special midnight meet and greet and in-store signing of the new album to officially rename the day as Blackened Friday. They will then be playing an intimate and exclusive show at House of Vans on November 18, the smallest gig that the band have done in years. The performance will be livestreamed on Metallica’s official website and on their YouTube channel. All tickets to the show were being given away free, with audience members asked to donate £20 on entry to the Railway Children Charity.
Clive Cawley, managing director at Metallica’s label Virgin EMI, says, “It’s been an awfully long time coming but the team here at Virgin EMI are diving headlong into the campaign to deliver the world’s biggest metal band the world’s best launch, with amazing events so far in Germany and France, with the UK being the last port of call on the run. To be involved in a Metallica release is what most of us get out of bed for on a morning. Earplugs at the ready, the entire floor head to toe in black clothing. It’s an honour to be part of what is one of the longest and most innovative careers in music.”
Metallica are one of the most influential and successful rock bands in history, having sold 110m albums worldwide and played to millions of fans across all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In August the rock icons were the subject of Spotify’s first music documentary, Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years. The four-part series featured exclusive interviews, rare archival footage as well as an exclusive playlists curated by the band.
The band are halfway through their world tour, which takes them around Europe and East Asia over the next couple of months. They have also been announced as part of the line-up at Lollapalooza festival next year.