Metallica titled “Murder One” in honor of late Motörhead rocker Lemmy Kilmister. “Murder One” was Lemmy’s nickname for his amp, and several Motörhead song titles also appear in the lyrics. The band enlisted animator Robert Valley (Gorillaz, Tron: Uprising series) to illustrate the clip. The video sets up Lemmy as the iconic rocker, an independent spirit steeped in the genre’s history.
The clip opens in 1975. “The members of the band Hawkwind drive off, leaving Lemmy stranded at the Canadian border. In Lemmy’s own words, he wasn’t kicked out for doing drugs, but for doing the wrong kind of drugs.” Soon the action rewinds to Liverpool in 1962, “the birthplace of rock and roll.” It follows Lemmy as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and then getting dumped from his band Hawkwind, a crucial point that leads him to form his own group.
That group, Motörhead, was an important inspiration for Metallica. James Hetfield spoke about his admiration for Lemmy in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year. “He helped us a lot. He was unafraid. And he was a character. And he was himself … He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”
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.”
Go behind the scenes of Metallica’s raging ‘Moth Into Flame’ video.