Tomorrow, Metallica will release their eagerly-anticipated new double album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. It’s their first studio LP in eight years, and it’s also one where they worked hard to recapture the loud-fast-rules spirit of their first four albums. If you’re someone who’s spent the past few decades dreading the release of a new Metallica album, wondering how they’d sully their legacy this time, this new album should come as blessed relief; it really does find the band back in fighting shape. It’s not really a surprise that Metallica could make an album like this today; if you’ve seen them live anytime recently, you know that they still summon vengeful spirits when they play old songs. But it’s sort of a surprise that they did it. Yesterday, the band launched a project where they released a music video for every one of the album’s as-yet-unreleased songs, with a new one arriving every two hours. All 12 videos are out now, which means you can effectively stream the album by playing them all in order. And you can do that below.
Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is out 11/18 on Blackened Recordings.