Metallica - "Lords Of Summer"

Metallica have been slowly creeping toward a new album, their first since 2008′s Death Magnetic, and that prospect began to come into slight focus back in March, when the band debuted a new track, “Lords Of Summer,” at a show in Colombia, followed by a “Garage Demo Version” of that same cut a few days later. Today, a week and a day before the band’s controversial Glastonbury headlining appearance, Metallica return with a real studio recording of the song — though it’s curiously subtitled “First Pass Version,” implying perhaps that it’s not the final studio version. This “First Pass” isn’t markedly different than the “Garage Demo” (which was honestly pretty strong in the first place) though it’s louder and crisper with more dynamic clarity. Whether “Lords Of Summer” appears on the next Metallica LP remains to be seen, although I’m hoping it doesn’t — it’s a good song, not a great one, and by 2016 it’s going to be an afterthought: an auto-skip for fans who’ve lived with it for a year or so. Also, I’m on record saying that I want the next Metallica album to sound more like the stakes-raising, heart-racing “Ronnie Rising” than the very-good-but-inessential Death Magnetic, and “Lords Of Summer” feels like it would have slotted comfortably on Death Magnetic. That said, if Metallica go against all my stated wishes and their next LP is Re-Death Magnetic, ft. “Lords Of Summer,” I’ll still be pretty happy with it. Anything but another Lulu, man. Anything but that. Give it a spin, let me know if you agree.

Comments (5)
  1. the best thing I can say about this is that it’s not terrible.

  2. Sonically, it reminds me of Justice because it’s so dry and spare sounding. Sounds fine, but you know what, I’m just gonna say that I miss poppy Metallica.

  3. “…their next LP is Re-Death Magnetic…”

    You realize you just named their next LP, right?

  4. Yeah, “good but not great” pretty much sums it up. Any day with new Metallica music is a good day in my books (even though we’ve heard a couple of versions of this one already), but I’m hoping they’ve got some better ones up their sleeve for the album.

  5. Yes, totally with you on this one. I was just driving yesterday while listening to Ronnie Rising and thought, wouldn’t it be great if their new album would sound like this? That songs fucking rocks!

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