Metallica‘s video for “Hardwired,” the galloping lead track off their upcoming LP Hardwired … to Self-Destruct, presented a claustrophobic view of the quartet whose members were arranged with their backs against each other. Now the group has released a video showing how it made the clip in a high school gym in San Rafael, California between two basketball nets.
The nearly five-minute making-of clip, which runs about two minutes longer than the song itself, opens with Lars Ulrich feigning annoyance with the volume of a PA near his drum set. It goes on to show how they constructed a circular track to run the camera and how the group interacted with the film crew. The drummer teases some of the staff about how they’re dressed – “You guys got the all-black message” – and James Hetfield jokes about a crewmember supposedly sleeping on the job. “Hey, dust roadie: Somebody said there wasn’t enough dust,” he says. “I’d be worried about my job right now.”
Ulrich recently told Rolling Stone how they wrote “Hardwired” as a late addition to the LP. “A couple of months ago, we were sitting there taking stock of the record and thought maybe we should write one more fast, little crazy song, and that became ‘Hardwired,'” he said. “It just kind of happened. I think James and I wrote and recorded it in less than a week, which, for us, is basically a nanosecond.” The record is due out November 18th.