METALLICA filmed another new music video earlier today (Wednesday, October 26) in Puerto Rico, where the band is scheduled to perform tonight. The group did not reveal which song the clip is for, but it presumably another track from METALLICA's forthcoming album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", which is due for release on November 18.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich spoke to Metal Forces about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" album. He said: "We're now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we're starting to look ahead and the process of how we're gonna share this record with the universe." He added: "The month of June is basically when we're gonna sit down and figure what we're gonna do with it all; what we're gonna call it and what's gonna be on it."
In an interview which will be published with the next issue of UK Metal Hammer Metallica's guitarist, Kirk Hammet, said that he felt excluded from the writing process on Hardwired... while Hetfield and Ulrich were in charge. Hammet admited that he found the band's songwriting plan a "very bitter pill to swallow". “For me, being in this band, I always want to contribute. I always have a lot of musical concepts and ideas to bring to the table. Obviously, that was not meant to be this time, and I had to accept that fact. So I focused on my solos, just making sure that my playing on the album was at its best – at its full potential. Hopefully I can bring my ideas to the next Metallica album. I just hope it’s not another eight years."
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has issued his strongest condemnation yet of Donald Trump, comparing the new president's inaugural address to the speeches that were made in Germany under Adolf Hitler's rule and urging the American people to "reject the lies from the people in the new administraton."
In a series of tweets, the METALLICA guitarist was especially critical of Trump's inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of life for some in the United States, promised to end what Trump called the "American carnage," and work tirelessly to put "America first."
Hammett wrote: "Trump's Inaugural Address and his asking us to put America first sounds, to me, familiar to what was said in speeches going around Germany in the 1930's …and later Russia in the 1940's. Pay attention people Stand up for truth, compassion and togetherness. Don't settle for anything less. Reject lies, Fear mongering, Misguided Anger. The system wants us divided, so it's easier to control us emotionally.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
LIKE IT OR NOT, WE NEED EACH OTHER TO OVERCOME THE BIGGER THREAT…
"I'm proud of America!!
METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America).
The platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.
According to Billboard, METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", has jumped from No. 14 to No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart this week, with 81,000 units (up 191 percent) and 79,000 in album sales (up 209 percent). The gain is owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band's stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album.
During this year’s Record Store Day Metallica visited the house where everything started for them in El Cerrito in San Fransisco. The band moved from Los Angeles to San Fransisco in 1983 to play with Cliff Burton. During the visit the band was joined by friends, relatives, crew, as well as the town’s Mayor, Greg Lyman. James Hetfield said: “This is unbelievable to be back in this place. I think we’ve all kind of forgotten a lot of stuff that’s happened in our history and this is a great way to jog our memories and to see people’s faces here, as well. We are so grateful for everyone that’s here and has been a part of this with us”. Lars Ulrich revealed that the band was planning to buy the house’s garage and put it in its headquarters but it’s now gone. The drummer also made a joke about it saying: “Whoever’s got the garage, please return it, because maybe we would finish the new record quicker if we were in that garage.”
METALLICA's latest studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 291,000 equivalent album units in the week ending November 24. This marks the sixth time METALLICA has topped The Billboard 200, having previously landed at No. 1 with "Death Magnetic" (2008), "St. Anger" (2003), "Reload" (1997), "Load" (1996) and "Metallica" (1991).