Happy Birthday to Kirk Hammett!
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 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.
From Consequence of Sound article.
Metallica have posted a FREE download of a September 21, 1986, London show in support of Master of Puppets.
The concert, which took place at the Hammersmith Odeon, marks one of the band’s last shows with bassist Cliff Burton, who died September, 27 in Sweden after a bus accident.
Tracks include “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Seek & Destroy,” “Whiplash,” “Creeping Death” and “Master of Puppets.” There are 14 tracks in all.
It’s also notable that Kirk Hammett’s guitar tech filled in on rhythm guitar for the show, because James Hetfield had recently broken his arm in a skateboarding accident.
The only downsides to this download are a couple of tape cuts during Master of Puppets and Fight Fire With Fire. But….it’s FREE!
The show is available for download, did I mention for FREE, at MetallicaLive.com.
Guitar World video with Cliff Burton’s father Ray remembering his son on the 25th anniversary of his death earlier this week.