Photo by Greg Cristman at Apollo Theater

Last night, Metallica played a show in Bogotá, Colombia, and during their set, they debuted a new song called “The Lords Of Summer.” It’s their first new one in a few years (or, if we all agree to ignore that whole Lulu situation, even longer). And miraculously, it sounds like old-school Metallica: Blazing twin lead solos, “hey!” chants, the whole thing. At this point, getting excited about a new Metallica album is a mug’s game, but listening to this, I’m not not excited. Watch a fan-made video below.

There’s a great book to be written someday about the nature of metal fandom in Central and South America. It is a very real, honest, passionate thing.

[Photo by Greg Christman @ Apollo Theater]

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  1. There’s a lot here that I find really encouraging. I’m eager to hear a better-quality recording, and especially eager to hear a studio recording. But what’s here is good.

  2. Personally, I’m always excited for a new Metallica album. And with the long wait since Death Magnetic, I’m maybe more excited than normal. I mean, come on! I bought Ride The Lightning (on vinyl, no less) on the new release rack. I’ve been listening to this band for 3/4 or my life and I always look forward to new music from them. Whether or not I’m happy with the results is something else altogether.

    Yes, this sounds old school. Maybe a little too much, though, since I can easily call out parts of the song that sound exactly like others in their catalog. And it still has a bit of that “riffs stuff together for the sake of riffage” vibe that Death Magnetic had, rather than feeling like a necessary, natural riff progression through the song. All that being said, I’m not complaining. It sounds like Metallica! And if a good handful of the “hundreds” of ideas James and Kirk are supposed to have lying around sound this good, we might actually get another solid album.

  3. And I know that my love for you will still be strong / after the Lords of Summer have gone.

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