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Hear Metallica’s Hardwired to Self-Destruct songs with Justice tones
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Hear Metallica’s Hardwired to Self-Destruct songs with Justice tones

by Stephen Charlton2016/10/10

Metallica‘s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct has some of the meanest Metallica songs we’ve heard in some time, judging by the first two singles. The production was also pretty spot on for a change. One YouTube user decided to go all 1988 on the new songs though, and classic Metallica fans are lapping it up.

Hardwired and Moth Into Flame given an And Justice for All workover

GuitarRazze took both new singles, Hardwired and Moth Into Flame, and re-recorded them with the band’s And Justice for All guitar tones, drum sounds and production. Of course, the bass is barely audible (sorry Jason). And it sounds great. I actually prefer GuitarRazze’s versions to the originals, even though I like the new singles. There’s just something about that early Metallica production. It’s like getting your hands on previously unheard classic recordings.

Sadly there’s no circa ’88 James Hetfield impersonator on the track. But this does leave you with some instrumental versions of the new tracks, which could be useful for some musicians and vocalists.

Another YouTuber, Creblestar, re-recorded Hardwired using the tones of each of their first five albums. He’s not quite the rhythm monster that GuitarRazze is, but it’s still a great clip that highlights the advancement of Metallica’s production throughout the early years.

Bringing back the St Anger snare: Metallica in 2003

But, let’s face it. What we all want is for Metallica to return to their classic production techniques of 2003’s St Anger. YouTube Vetle Skogmo gave the fans what they wanted and revisited the absolutely timeless low fi sounds of St Anger by re-recording Hardwired. Of course he also had to double the length of the song and gut the guitar solo. Hardwired did have a bit of a rubbish solo though to be honest so I doubt many people will miss that one.

Kirk Hammett takes a back seat in writing for Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

Metallica new album hardwired... to self-destruct And Justice for All Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett with his signature ESP.

Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, Metallica’s 10th studio album, is due out on November 18. It’s already up for pre-order and will come in a standard two-disc format as well as a deluxe three disc set.

Curiously, it’s the first Metallica album since 1983 not to feature a single songwriting contribution from Kirk Hammett. The shredder lost his phone with song ideas immediately prior to the recording and had to enter the sessions with nothing at hand. Even relatively new member Robert Trujillo got in on the action, with a sole songwriting credit to his name on the album.

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Stephen Charlton
Stephen Charlton is a musician, journalist and editor.

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