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Metallica Release a Music Video For Every Song on ‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’

Tomorrow sees the release of Metallica‘s 10th studio album Hardwired…to Self Destruct, which I hailed as “…a celebration of their entire career.” It’s been eight long years since their last offering Death Magnetic and I feel like many fans will be thrilled with the final product, which takes inspiration and influence from pretty much every one of their albums over the years. As a way to celebrate this release, the band has done something they’ve never done before, which is produce and release a music video for every track on the album. Yes, every one.

What makes this stand out is that nearly every video is directed by someone different, so you really get a different take and style with each clip. For example, Jonas Åkerlund’s “ManUNkind” is a throwback to when corpsepainted black metal bands played small clubs. Jessica Cope’s animated “Here Comes Revenge” is a horror fan’s wet dream and features nods to Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn. There’s also “Spit Out The Bone” from BD favorite Phil Mucci, which is a post apocalyptic tale that feels essentially like a heavy metal version of The Terminator. If that elevator pitch doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know how I can help you out.

I’ve compiled the full series of videos below in order of the album, so you can listen to and watch everything the way it’s intended. Get your horns up, get that neck brace ready, and rock the fuck on!



  • remcycle

    I feel like the ‘celebration of their entire career’ bit works both for and against Metallica on this album.

    For: because so much of this sounds so familiar. It’s like they had a pile of good riffs, lyrics and sequences left over from the writing of every other album that just never found a home in a song. With this record they decided to throw all those parts together into a whole and put it out there.

    Against: Re-read ‘For’ above.

    Some of it works wonderfully, some of it just doesn’t fit together very well and a little bit more is just really awkward (I think CD2 is more guilty of this than CD1).

    I’m glad they’re putting out new music of course…but I can’t see myself listening to this one very often.

  • FadedLineVigil

    Spit Out The Bone, Moth Into Flame, Dream No More, Here Comes Revenge and Halo On Fire – all pretty damn awesome.

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