Listen: Metallica’s new song “Lords of Summer” (Garage Demo version)

    On Sunday at a tour stop in Bogotá, Colombia, Metallica debuted “Lords Of Summer”, their first new song in over five years. It seemed promising by the fan-captured videos, but now, the band has released a “Garage Demo” version of the track. Though it’s billed as just a demo and may not even be recorded in a garage, it’s sounds crisp, heavy, and closer to Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All-era sound than the harsh tones produced on 2003’s St. Anger and even 2008’s comeback album, the Rick Rubin-produced Death Magnetic.

    Spanning over eight minutes, this version of “Lords Of Summer” fiercely shreds. The song sounds huge, bursting through with walloping power chords and surging, harmonizing guitar solos from Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield. While there may still be some lingering issues with Lars Urlich’s drum sound and Hetfield’s aging pipes, it’s an incredibly strong track for the metal titans this far into their career. Listen below.

    While there are no official updates on the band’s forthcoming album, Hammett did tell Rolling Stone, “James [Hetfield] has 800 pieces of music. I have 400 pieces of music. Once we figure out what pieces of music are actually gonna work for us, then we’re going to start turning those pieces of music into songs and seeing where that leads us.”


    Metallica’s Metallica by Request tour, where fans vote on the band’s setlist from a pool of 140, will continue tonight in Peru. Below is the rest of the dates.

    Metallica 2014 Tour Dates:
    03/20 – Lima, PE @ Estadio Nacional
    03/22 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Estadio do Murumbi
    03/24 – Asuncion, PY @ Jockey Club
    03/27 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Monumental
    03/29 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
    03/30 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
    05/28 – Helsinki, FI @ Sonisphere
    05/30 – Stockholm, SE @ STHLM Fields
    06/01 – Oslo, NO @ Sonisphere
    06/03 – Horsens, DK @ Jailhouse Rock
    06/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Sonisphere
    06/06 – Numberg, DE @ Rock Im Park
    06/08 – Nurburging, DE @ Rock Am Ring
    06/09 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival
    07/01 – Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma 
    07/03 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    07/04 – Basel, CH @ Sonisphere
    07/06 – Stevenage, UK @ Sonisphere
    07/08 – Prague, CZ @ Aerodome Festival
    07/09 – Vienna, AT @ Krieau Rocks
    07/11 – Warsaw, PL @ Sonisphere
    07/13 – Istanbul, TR @ ITU Stadium
    08/09-10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal