Metallica announced yesterday (August 18th 2016) that they will be releasing their long-awaited new album 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' this Fall, and have now unveiled the very first track from the new collection. It's been eight years since their last project, and it also marks their first release through their very own label Blackened Recordings.

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This is the 11th studio album from Metallica and follows up 2008's 'Death Magnetic'; an album which reached number one across the board, going multi-Platinum and selling close to 3 million copies. The album will include not one but two discs, and nearly 80 minutes worth of metal. Plus, the deluxe edition will include a third disc full of 'the riffs that were the origins of the album' as well as a bonus track called 'Lords Of Summer'.
'Hardwired... represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you', the band wrote in the official announcement on their website. 'Keep watching this space for more information, we cannot wait to hit the road to play these songs live and get in your faces once again, so strap yourselves in. INCOMING!'

Check out 'Hardwired' here:

The first track from the record, 'Hardwired' premiered on the radio via Minneapolis' 93X yesterday; a roaring anthem filled with thunderous percussion and those classically infectious riffs. It will be available as an automatic download for everyone who pre-orders the new album through the website.

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'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' has been produced by Greg Fidelman - who worked on 'Death Magnetic' - alongside frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. While 'Death Magnetic' is their last band project, they did release a collaborative effort with Lou Reed in 2011 entitled 'Lulu', on which Fidelman also worked as an engineer and mixer.

'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' is set to be released through Blackened Recordings on November 18th 2016.