Metallica's new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is coming out on November 18 and I can pretty much guarantee that it'll be the talk of the town until then. It seems as though bit by bit, we're learning interesting little factoids about the album, though this one is a little more somber than the rest.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich discuss a track from the record called "Murder One." The song is aptly titled after Lemmy's bass amp, and the song pays tribute to the Motörhead frontman as a catalyst for the existence of Metallica.
The Hardwired … to Self-Destruct track "Murder One" is a tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister and uses many of his song titles in the lyrics. The band members said he was a crucial influence on Metallica.
"Motörhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now," Hetfield said. "But just Lemmy as an entity, as kind of a father figure, he helped us a lot. He was unafraid. And he was a character. And he was himself. And we all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?"
"In the summer of 1981, I followed Motörhead around on tour," Ulrich said. "That was what made me want to be in a band. When I came back to Southern California and called up James and said, 'Listen, we've got to give this a shot,' … Motörhead is the catalyst."
If you haven't heard Metallica's newest song "Moth Into Flame," then you really ought to go do that as well. I'm sure Lemmy would be proud!