Metallica recently released its first new song off Hardwired To Self-Destruct, titled "Hardwired," though the band added that the album was not officially done being recorded just yet. The band has now taken to Facebook to announce that the album has been officially wrapped up, completely and totally, and also promises a new album within a decade or so! So y'know, you should take that really seriously.
The band also announced that it will be taking away that "riff origins" section of the deluxe pre-orders of the album, and in place giving you "Lords Of Summer," a Dio medley, an Iron Maiden cover, and a Deep Purple cover! Oh, and a small live album consisting of the band's performance at Rasputin Music, and the live premiere of "Hardwired" in Minneapolis. So way, way better than just some riffs you already heard.
Guess what?!? It’s DONE! We have put the finishing touches on our next album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct and are looking forward to the next phase of unleashing it to the world, waking the monster that is Metallica and hitting the road. As we were in the 11th hour of wrapping it up it dawned on us that we have never shared with you in any sort of cohesive “official” manner the extensive covers we have worked on since Death Magnetic. While digging into the bonus options to compliment the 12-song album with additional material, we realized that none of our versions of these songs from some of our favorite and most respected artists have been readily available on our very own Blackened Recordings. So with that said, we’re here to tell you about some changes we’ve made to the deluxe versions of Hardwired… in place of the previously announced “Riff Origins.”
The 2016 version of "Lords of Summer” from the studio in its full glory as originally promised is still included, but now we’ve added the “Ronnie Rising Medley,” originally only available only on the Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life tribute album, along with the Iron Maiden cover of “Remember Tomorrow” rounded out by Deep Purple’s “When A Blind Man Cries.” And by the way all of these tracks have been recently re-mastered for optimum 2016 sound quality. Just for fun (and because there was room!) the special set we did at Rasputin’s in Berkeley, CA on Record Store Day 2016 to celebrate the reissues of Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning is here all re-mixed and mastered.
Lastly we had such an amazing time being a part of the first weekend of events ever held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis last month. It was an honor and a thrill to test out “Hardwired” live there and we just had to commemorate the debut by including the recording from that night here.