Metallica Post Clip From ‘Hardwired’ Track ‘Atlas, Rise!’
You'll have to wait until Monday to listen to the whole song, but Metallica fans itching to hear "Atlas, Rise!" — the latest pre-release track from the band's new Hardwired...to Self-Destruct album — can check out a 30-second clip from the song right now.
The "Atlas, Rise!" sneak peek comes courtesy of the band, who've posted the clip at their official site. Below the preview, you'll also find videos for "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame," previously leaked during the lead-up to the Hardwired album's Nov. 18 release. (If you haven't already pre-ordered the album, there are convenient purchase links right there on the page.)
As previously reported, the band is planning a Halloween release for the full-length "Atlas, Rise!," with a unique caveat: Fans who stop by select independent record stores today can pick up a free Metallica Hardwired Halloween mask containing a download code that offers access to a download of the song half an hour before its official release at 3PM ET on Oct. 31.
Once the full double-disc LP finally arrives, the Metallica faithful can expect a set of songs that tackle timely sociopolitical themes. Frontman James Hetfield told the BBC that the record found the band looking at the human race and questioning, in his words, "Man, are we really doing this right?"
"In the timeline of history, man has been around for a nanosecond," added Hetfield. "Are we done now? Have we had our time? 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."
Insisting that the band tries to "stay away from politics and religion" in its music, Hetfield added, "We all have our own beliefs, but at the end of the day, we’re trying to connect with people. It seems like political views don’t do that as much as music does."
The band connected with a group of lucky fans on Oct. 27 in Mexico City, where they played Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct in person for a group of contest winners. Check out a bit of footage from the event below.
Metallica Albums Ranked Worst to Best