Metallica have released a brand new song from their upcoming ‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’ album. The song is titled ‘Atlas, Rise!’ and is the third track the band have released in 2016.
‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’ is one of the most highly anticipated rock albums of the last decade, and is the band’s first studio record since 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’. Metallica are said to have started working on the album as far back as 2011. The album has been produced by Greg Fidelman (the man behind Death Magnetic) as well as Metallica’s own James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is set to be released on November 18 via Blackened Recordings.
‘Atlas, Rise!’ was released yesterday (October 31) and comes free with a limited edition Hardwired halloween mask at participating record stores.
The album has been primarily written by Hetfield and Ulrich, and will be the first record to not feature any songwriting credits for guitarist Kirk Hammett since he joined the band in 1983. The apparent reason for this is that Hammet lost his phone (which has said to have contained over 250 riff ideas) back in 2014. As this affected his creative process, he was happy to let the rest of the band take the lead on songwriting.
One of the more interesting songs from the new record is titled ‘Murder One’ and is said to have been inspired by the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy. In a recent interview, singer James Hetfield explained: “Motorhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now. Lemmy as an entity – a kind of father figure – helped us a lot. He was unafraid and he was a character. And he was himself. We all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”