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Then we caught footage of the first time they played their new track live; with a crowd in Minneapolis going nuts over the latest offering from the band.
Now Metallica have shared a behind-the-scenes look at how Hardwired was written and recorded in their studio.
The video shows James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich as they record the opening riff for the track, which at the time was under the working title Riff Charge. “The mission statement is: Write an opening song for this record that’s super thrash-y and fast…” says Ulrich.
The band share plenty to banter too, and at one point Ulrich walks up to Hetfield and pokes his guitar as he plays. “How many people wish they could do this while James Hetfield is playing? I just walk right up and do that,” says Ulrich.
Watch: Making Of ‘Hardwired’