Director Tom Kirk serves as a guide throughout the clip, discussing everything from the labor-intensive shoot to his desire to create a video that blends a retro rock and roll sensibility with contemporary elements. Kirk also chats about his love for Metallica, saying, “As soon as I understood the power of guitars and drums and bass and insane vocals, Metallica was there. They’ve always been on my radar as a band to work with.”
The behind-the-scenes video also offers sillier moments, primarily from singer James Hetfield, who takes time towards the end to play on the warehouse machinery.
Metallica debuted “Moth Into Flame” in September on The Howard Stern Show. Along with the video and its making-of clip, Metallica also released a short doc chronicling the writing of “Moth Into Flame.”
In August, Metallica shared “Hardwired,” the first single off their upcoming LP. Hardwired … to Self-Destruct is due out November 18th and marks the band’s first album in eight years since Death Magnetic in 2008.