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See Metallica’s Ecstatic Live Concert Video for ‘Lords of Summer’

Clip captures band during explosive arena show

Metallica relied on the energy of their high voltage live show to buoy the “Lords of Summer” clip, which captures the band in performance mode at an open-air venue. It’s a simple, effective treatment for a warm-weather anthem: “Celebrate and let your fires burn/ The lords of summer have returned.”

Director Brett Murray cuts between shots of the band – stalking the stage, screaming lyrics, pounding instruments – and their enthusiastic fans. The crowd shots are especially effective, as Murray captures listeners in various states of jubilant, vigorous movement: headbanging, heaving in a coordinated mass, slamming each other in mosh pits and fist-pumping with fury. 

Metallica released music videos for each track from their upcoming LP, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, starting Wednesday afternoon. The album, Metallica’s 10th, is out November 18th. The band will mark the release with a “Blackened Friday” event – a twist on Record Store Day’s Black Friday – at hundreds of independent record stores across the U.S. Fans participating in the midnight sale will be eligible to win items like limited edition vinyl slip mats and posters; the grand prize winner will receive the new album in a variety of formats, including the deluxe box set and a test pressing of the record.

In August, drummer Lars Ulrich spoke to Rolling Stone about Hardwired, detailing the album’s “simpler” songs. “We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we’ve done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and it becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes,” he said. “The songs are more linear. And by ‘less frenetic,’ I mean there are certainly less starts and stops in the songs. It cruises along a little bit more than the last record.”

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