After multiple reports indicated that Metallica had not yet completed the new double album Hardwired…To Self Destruct, Metallica have announced it has finally been finished. On their website, the band has posted a lighthearted video of Lars Ulrich and the final mix recording sheet in studio. The video ends with the drummer joking that the next record will probably be next decade. Greg Fidleman is the producer along with Lars and James Hetfield.
Despite Hardwired… seeing a release date of November 18th, there has been a late change in the deluxe edition. The previously advertised “Riff Demos” disc has now been deleted completely from the release in favor of a disc that compiles their most recent cover songs of Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, and Ronnie James Dio, as well as live performances from their Record Store Day show in Berkeley, California.
Here’s an excerpt from the press statement:
Guess what?!? It’s DONE! We have put the finishing touches on our next album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct and are looking forward to the next phase of unleashing it to the world, waking the monster that is Metallica and hitting the road. As we were in the 11th hour of wrapping it up it dawned on us that we have never shared with you in any sort of cohesive “official” manner the extensive covers we have worked on since Death Magnetic. While digging into the bonus options to compliment the 12-song album with additional material, we realized that none of our versions of these songs from some of our favorite and most respected artists have been readily available on our very own Blackened Recordings. So with that said, we’re here to tell you about some changes we’ve made to the deluxe versions of Hardwired… in place of the previously announced “Riff Origins.”
Read the rest of Metallica’s statement here:
The running order for the new disc that will replace “Riff Origins” is as follows:
Disc Three (Bonus)
- Lords of Summer (2016)
- Ronnie Rising Medley
- When a Blind Man Cries
- Remember Tomorrow
- Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music)
- The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music)
Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)
The final track of the disc was from their 2016 performance in Minneapolis, a performance that Metallica currently has available on their YouTube page.
In other Metallica news, on September 13th, Metallica released their new book Back to Front: A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and Tour. The band posted a promo video for the book on its release date:
Metallica will perform live on September 24th at the Global Citizen’s Festival at Central Park in New York with other major acts from the music world including Eddie Vedder.