The much anticipated and very long awaited new Metallica album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” was released just over a week ago and it has become their 6th consecutive number 1 album! Congratulations!
The band managed to shift 291,000 copies in it’s first week on sale. While these numbers are somewhat lower than those of Death Magnetic (their 2008 release which saw 490,000 copies sold in the first week) and St. Anger (their 2003 release which saw 418,000 copies sold in the first week), it is still a very impressive feat, considering the way the music industry is changing these days to focus more on streaming rather than albums being purchased.
If you haven’t checked the album out already, I personally think it is one of their best albums they’ve done since the self-titled “Black Album”. The songs on it are very much a combination of some of their best moments, with songs like “Dream No More” sounding like it could have been the perfect song with Jason Newsted on backing vocals in the early 90’s, the title track “Hardwired” with a very thrash metal, to the point musical and lyrical style and “Spit Out The Bone” is another standout which could quite easily have been on …And Justice For All!
If you only check out 1 song, make sure you give “Moth Into Flame” a listen. In my opinion, the best song on the album and has the riffs, the melody, the harmony…it has everything you want from a Metallica song!
Overall, a very great sounding album all around! If you haven’t done already, check it out!