Did you know there are videos for every track on Hardwired… To Self Destruct? I didn’t, well not until I just watched them all on YouTube and realised it’d been too long since I revisited 2016’s *ahem* return to form Metallica record featuring this slab of sterling steel.
But now I do. Now I’ve seen them all and the quality of my day is immeasurably better for it. In Metallica terms this is brand new music. Having only been out for a couple of years they’re still touring this beast of a record and they’ll be back in the UK in June touring with Ghost. It’s bleak winters end kind of stuff in the UK right now. Everything is still cold and wet and grey and it feels like we haven’t seen the sun since 1983. You get mud on your boots just looking out the window and I haven’t felt my fingertips since lighting the bonfires in November.
So we’re looking forwards to the summer and to open air shows and to the fact that the most metal of all metal bands will be playing in the England Rugby Team’s Stadium a few months from now. There’s something uniquely old school metal about gigs at Twickenham. The only other band I’ve seen there was Iron Maiden a decade ago. I genuinely don’t know if anyone else has ever played there or not. Just Maiden and ‘Tallica and the Six Nations. It’s just not cricket.
Until then this blistering retro thrash will continue to pretend it’s from Master Of Puppets and I will continue to let it.
Soon come. We’re trapped under ice here.