METALLICA Release Video For New Song ‘Moth Into Flame’

METALLICA‘s official video for the song “Moth Into Flame” can be seen below. The clip was directed by Tom Kirk (MUSE).

“Moth Into Flame” is taken from METALLICA‘s tenth studio album, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”, which is scheduled for a November 18 release via Blackened Recordings. The long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic” consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.

“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” was produced by Greg Fidelman with frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The band recorded the disc at its own studio.

Instead of a previously announced bonus disc of demos, the deluxe edition of the album will now feature a number of cover songs that the band has recorded over the past few years, including a medley of Ronnie James Dio songs, IRON MAIDEN‘s “Remember Tomorrow” and DEEP PURPLE‘s “When A Blind Man Cries”.

The deluxe version will also feature a live set recorded at Rasputin’s in Berkeley, California on Record Store Day 2016 and a live version of the new song “Hardwired” recorded last month at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Ulrich spoke with Rolling Stone in a recent interview about the lyrical themes on the “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”. He revealed: “There’s a lot of dark stuff about relationships. Not just with other people, but the hidden personalities within.”

Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio which songs on the new record contained some of his favorite lyrics. “You know, for me, lyrically some of the favorite, ‘Moth Into Flame’, I like ‘Am I Savage?’ and boy, I really like ‘Dream No More’, which is also kind of another Cthulhu reference but in a very different sense. [Laughs].”

Ulrich also said about the disc’s musical style: “Most of the songs are simpler. We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we’ve done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes. The songs are more linear.”

Hetfield talked about how some fans online are already giving the new record a thumbs-down before hearing it. He said, “Yeah, you get different versions of it now online, with all the haters and the people that have some bone to pick. We don’t give a crap. We love what we do, and we’re doing it because we love doing it, and we’re making music we wanna hear. We’re artists, and it’s as simple as that. And you can judge it all you want, but we’re gonna do what we feel is right for us.”

METALLICA will play a special intimate show at Webster Hall in New York City on Tuesday, September 27. The band will then appear at Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California on October 22 and October 23.


AXL ROSE And DUFF MCKAGAN Discuss GUNS N’ ROSES Reunion Publicly For First Time (Video)

GUNS N’ ROSES members Axl Rose and Duff McKagan were interviewed on tonight’s (Sunday, September 4) edition of “Fantástico”, the Brazilian weekly news magazine which airs on Globo TV. You can now watch the chat at A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On what the driving force was in bringing AxlDuff and Slash back together after so many years apart:

Axl: “Actually, it had a lot to do with Paul Tollett of [the] Coachella [festival]. He started talking about [booking a reunion of the classic GUNS N’ ROSES lineup for his festival]. It seemed real. So at that point, I just told my people that they could go ahead and start talking to people and see what’s going on. And then as it became more real, I texted Fernando [Lebeis, who is part of the GUNS N’ ROSES management team] and asked for Slash‘s number. And then Fernando texted his mom [Beta Lebeis, who is also part of the GUNS N’ ROSES management team], and he was, like, ‘If this is a joke, I’m gonna kill you.'”

On whether they initially thought Coachella was going to be just a one-off reunion gig:

Axl: “No. It started with talking about Coachella, but at the same time that those talks were starting, there were people involved with Coachella — agencies and things — so they were having these conversations about what they could possibly do or not. So it was all being considered.”

On whether they thought from the very beginning that this could turn into a more long-term reunion:

Axl: “We started talking, like, in the spring. Everybody’s people were finding out about possibilities and things like that, and then we started talking together in the spring.”

Duff: “Getting into rehearsals, it was really just kind of one day at a time. I don’t know that I thought too much about how far ahead. It was just really cool to play some of the music with the guys that I was playing it with.”

On Axl‘s first meeting with Slash to discuss a GUNS N’ ROSES reunion:

Axl: “Like I said, I had asked for [Slash‘s] number. And then I had called him and he was on tour or something, and then we set up when we were gonna see each other, and I think something happened to both of our plans and that didn’t happen. And then eventually in October, we got together and we had a dinner at my house. And then Duff and I went and hung out right after that — like a week or so after. And then it was just kind of talking and planning. We initially were gonna do some kind of promos and stuff, and then other things came up that got in the way of that. And then it was rehearsals. And I went down to rehearsal, and everything just sounded right. And we just went to work. It was time to sing, see what the sound sounded like and stuff and get ready for the show, and it was all working.”

On whether each one of the three of them — AxlDuff and Slash — had to change a bit for the reunion to be happening right now:

Duff: “I really got to discover, in the best of ways, the album ‘Chinese Democracy’ that [Axl] made [without the other members of the classic GN’R lineup], and it was these songs he had worked on. And I had listened to the record, but when you start to play the songs as a player, you really discover all the layers in the songs. But really kind of how you hear it and how I’m hearing the songs are maybe a little bit different. And when we went into rehearsals, we wanted to really own… like this is gonna be what we’re doing.”

Axl: “I didn’t have anything, really, to do with that. They stepped to songs on ‘Chinese’. They asked, ‘Which ones are you interested in us doing?’ and stuff, and they stepped to that on their own. They started working with Frank [Ferrer, drums], ’cause they had their own way of working with the drummer, and working with the rhythms, and kind of picked up the tempo on some of the old songs a bit, and things like that, and got their communication working. So they spent a good while with that on their own.”

On whether there is any chance classic-era GUNS N’ ROSES members Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin will join the reunion at a later date:

Axl: “Steven did join us [on a couple of dates]. At the same time, I have no idea. When this started, Steven had just had back surgery and stuff, so I don’t have any idea about that. And with Izzy, that’s just something that… I can’t really describe to say… I don’t really know what to say about Izzy. It’s, like, you could have a conversation and think it’s one way and the next day it’s another way. And I’m not trying to take any shots at Izzy. It’s just his thing is kind of his thing, whatever that is.”

On whether Axl is planning to continue singing for AC/DC beyond the North American shows that are currently taking place:

Axl: “I’ll do that as long as Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] wants to do it and as long as… and we can make it work. GUNS is really supportive about it. I love that it’s my job. I love that Angus is my boss. And singing the early Brian [Johnson] songs — the first couple of albums with Brian — those are something else to sing, so it’s physically a different animal and another kind of work. And I take pride in doing it. And it’s a hard thing in its own way. So after this [GUNS N’ ROSES‘ North American tour], there’s a few days [off], and then I’ll do another ten shows with AC/DC. And after that, it’s kind of, whatever Angus wants to do.”


Premiere: SLAYER’s ‘Pride In Prejudice’

SLAYER‘s video for the song “Pride In Prejudice” can be seen below. The clip was directed by BJ McDonnell, who previously worked with SLAYER on the “Repentless” and “You Against You” videos.

“I’m particularly excited about this third video,” said McDonnell, “because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy. Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece.

“The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding. The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with SLAYER conducting us through it all with ‘Pride In Prejudice’.”

Added SLAYER guitarist Kerry King: “It was a pleasure working with BJ on this project.

SLAYER is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc. By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own.

“Get ready for video three. It’s my favorite!!”

“Pride In Prejudice” was the last song that King put together musically for the band’s latest album, last year’s “Repentless”. “There were like six or eight other songs already done with keeper drums, keeper guitars, and keeper bass,” he told ARTISTdirect. “There were no leads or vocals because I had just gotten done writing music. ‘Pride’ was the last one I made up that actually made the record. I was going to save that for the next record, because I was just done working at that point. Tom [Araya, vocals] wanted to work on it and I said, ‘Sure, man, knock yourself out.’ He basically did the vocals on his own.”

He continued: “That clean intro, I was just waiting for Paul [Bostaph, drums] to come back inside. I think he was outside on the phone at rehearsal. I was just dicking around on guitar playing that clean part. He asked, ‘What’s that?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. I just made it up.’ That’s how simple things become SLAYER songs. It’s ‘remember it, record it on something, and come back to it.’ That song’s ‘BLACK SABBATH heavy.’ That’s what I call it, because it’s just heavy as fuck.”

Tom had most of those lyrics for 20 years,” he added. “I remember he wrote them for ‘Divine Intervention’. They never panned out. They show up here on this song. Yeah, it’s a new record, but that shit’s twenty years old.”

“Repentless” was released on September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated “World Painted Blood” was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERADEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with Tom Araya and Kerry King.

“Repentless” debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 17, 2015.

SLAYER‘s seven-week North American tour with ANTHRAX and DEATH ANGEL will kick off in Cleveland on September 9 and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent.