METALLICA: Entire 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' Album Available For Streaming
November 17, 2016
METALLICA's tenth studio album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", is available for streaming in its entirety in the YouTube playlist below. Due out November 18, it consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has said what the band and producer Greg Fidelman wanted to capture this time out. "One of the battle cries was to try to again capture something we always strive for — a little looser and a little less precision-based and kind of more about capturing a vibe and a feeling rather than perfection and precision and all that stuff," he said. "So I think Greg was sort of really looking out for that for most of the process and trying to make sure that it still had kind of a nice, loose feel around the edges, you know."
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield stated about the "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" album title: "'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct', to me… I guess what it means to be is that… A friend of mine told me that… Sometimes he and I would get in trouble a lot, and is it just that we are hardwired that way. I need my friends to tell me some better decisions sometimes, and sometimes I don't. And just wondering if man in general is wired one way or another. But also, I think, a lot of these songs deal with man on the planet. Who do we think we are? In the history of the universe, we have been around a millisecond, and we think we can control the world and global warming and everything. Do we really have that kind of control, or is it [that] our time is finished? I don't know. So, a little bit of a cynical approach to mankind."
Hetfield added in a seprate interview that METALLICA stays away from topics like politics or religion in their music. Asked about the lyrical themes on "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", he explained, "It's dealing with fame — and for everyone that's their goal: 'I want to be famous!' And there's also the topic of, 'Man, are we really doing this right?' In the timeline of history, man has been around for a nanosecond and (I'm asking): 'Are we done now? Have we had our time?'"
Hetfield added: "We stay away from politics (and) from religion. That just seems to polarize people even more. We all have our own beliefs, but at the end of the day, we're trying to connect with people and it seems like political views don't do that as much as music does."
The singer/guitarist continued: "There's a lot of polarization going on in the States, and I see it other places as well. But it just seems like you have to get more extreme to balance out the other extreme. We've got to find some balance in the middle here somewhere."
Ulrich told BBC 6 that the album is "the leanest we've been for a while. Maybe even the leanest we're capable of," adding that the songs "got tighter and leaner and a little more concise."
METALLICA plans extensive touring in 2017 behind the new album.
"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" track listing:
Deluxe Edition (Digital Download & CD)
01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. Now That We're Dead 04. Moth Into Flame 05. Dream No More 06. Halo On Fire
01. Confusion 02. ManUNkind 03. Here Comes Revenge 04. Am I Savage? 05. Murder One 06. Spit Out the Bone
Disc Three (Bonus)
01. Lords of Summer 02. Ronnie Rising Medley 03. When a Blind Man Cries 04. Remember Tomorrow 05. Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music) 06. Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music) 07. The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music) 08. Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music) 09. Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music) 10. Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music) 11. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music) 12. Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music) 13. Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music) 14. Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)
Deluxe Box Set (3LP + 1CD)
Disc One Side A
01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. Now That We're Dead
Disc One Side B
01. Moth Into Flame 02. Am I Savage? 03. Halo On Fire
Disc Two Side C
01. Confusion 02. Dream No More 03. ManUNkind
Disc Two Side D
01. Here Comes Revenge 02. Murder One 03. Spit Out the Bone
Disc Three Side E (Bonus)
01. Lords of Summer
Disc Three Side F (Bonus)
01. Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)
01. Ronnie Rising Medley 02. When a Blind Man Cries 03. Remember Tomorrow 04. Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music) 05. Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music) 06. The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music) 07. Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music) 08. Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music) 09. Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music) 10. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music) 11. Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music) 12. Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music)