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!