The internet is currently ablaze after Metallica unveiled new track The Lords Of Summer in Colombia last night.
We got Dom Lawson to give us a blow-by-blow walkthrough of the track, from every riff to every wah wah solo and the number of classic Hetfieldisms (or lack of).
Here we go…
Metallica - The Lords Of Summer Guide
0:10 – Song begins…big dramatic intro, vaguely reminiscent of …And Justice For All-era, albeit with fewer notes in the riff.
0:49 – Intro ends and straight into a very simple staccato riff from Hetfield that kicks the main bulk of the song off with a dash of gnarliness.
1:34 – A brief drum flurry from Lars heralds the beginning of the first verse, which is definitely in keeping with Death Magnetic’s semi-thrash vibe, replete with motoring double kicks…
1:36 – Rob Trujillo appears to be using a pick. If nothing else, if old Robo-fingers is resorting to plan B, this means Metallica are playing faster than they have for some time.
1:40 – Disappointing lack of “Heyyyy!” and “Yaaaayuh!” action thus far. Papa Het is probably saving them up for later.
1:56 – “Ex..ci..ta..tion!” bellows Het, before unleashing what appears to be the new song’s chorus… “Lords of summer bring the sun…”
2:35 – Dropping to mid-tempo for a moody sounding post-chorus part
3:00 – Still no “Heyyyy!” and not a single mention of the Metallica FAMILLLEEEEHHHH. Probably a temporary oversight.
3:08 – Back into the heads-down thrash vibe for a second verse… this main riff clearly harks back to Metallica’s early days, which is always welcome. Distinct lack of “Heyyyyy!”-style behaviour now causing concern. There’d better be some on the album, Papa Het!
4:40 – After another chorus and post-chorus, Lords Of Summer heads into driving Black Album territory with shouts of ‘Hey! Hey!’ gleefully echoed by the Colombian punters…
4:50 – Still no “Yaaaayuh!” from Hetfield. He’s probably concentrating too hard on getting the song right first time. Humph.
4:54 – Here comes Kirk with his first solo on the new song…more of a repeated lead melody than anything more shreddy, to be fair.
5:43 – Kirk and Het team up for some neat guitar harmonies, while Lars and Rob thunder away at breakneck speed beneath them.
6:00 – Kirk starts to let rip properly for the first time with a blazing solo that comes with some nice detours into wah-wah territory…
6:48 – Back into pummelling mid-tempo riff territory again, with some more new Het riffs thrown in for good measure.
7:22 – That chorus returns, with added staccato riffing… and then that post-chorus is reprised, before the whole song spirals to an abrupt end with a final burst of riffy thrash. But no “Yayyyyyyuh!” to finish things off. Shame.
RIFFS: 8⁄10 WAH-WAH ACTION: 7⁄10 HETFIELDISMS: 3⁄10
OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSIONS: A promising preview of a heavier take on the sounds of Death Magnetic. Not bad!
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