Watch as Metallica create new track Now That We're Dead

A picture of James Hetfield in the studio
James Hetfield in the studio

Metallica have released a video showing the band writing and recording new track Now That We’re Dead.

It’s the latest in a series of videos the band have made available to give a glimpse at the making of their 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which was released last month.

Now That We’re Dead originally had the working title Tin Shot. In the behind-the-scenes video, frontman James Hetfield and bassist Robert Trujillo can be seen discussing the main riff and swapping ideas on how they could make it heavier.

Drummer Lars Ulrich can also been seen encouraging Hetfield to cut loose with his vocal performance. Ulrich says: “It feels like, is there some place that’s a little more intense, vocally, than where we are right now. What happens if you take the lid off?”

Earlier, Hetfield revealed that another of the new tracks, Moth Into Flame, was partly inspired by a documentary about Amy Winehouse.

He said: “Just watching that movie was extremely saddening – how her life went from such a lively joyous person, to someone who was just trying to escape the reality of where she was.”

Metallica tour dates 2016-17 so far

Dec 15: Hollywood Fonda Theatre, CA
Dec 17: Oakland Fox Theater, CA
Jan 11: Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome, South Korea
Jan 18: Beijing Le Sports Centre, China
Jan 20: Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo, China
Jan 22: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
Feb 03: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 05: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 07: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 09: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Mar 01: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Mar 03: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Mar 25: Sao Paulo Interlagos Racetrack, Brazil
Mar 31-Apr 01: Buenos Aires Hippodrome San Isidro, Argentina
Apr 01-02: Santiago Parque O’Higgins, Chile
May 19-21: Rock On The Range festival, OH

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