Metallica have revealed a brief clip of a song from their long-awaited 10th album in a Christmas message.
The video is available on the fan club section of their website – and membership is free.
Frontman James Hetfield plays the 15-second clip, which includes riffs and vocals, with the help of a cat called Tabs. He says: “Happy holidays from Tabs and all of Metallica here in the studio. We thought we’d give you a little bit of ear-candy for the holidays.”
It follows a video released last month, which showed Hetfield in the process of recording a guitar track.
No completion or release date has been confirmed for the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic, although it’s expected next year.
Hetfield recently told fan club magazine So What: “We need to do things the way we feel. We’re not going to cater to the consumer now, because we never have. We want the best thing at the right time – whenever that time is right.”