Retaliation is front of mind in Metallica‘s latest video “Here Comes Revenge.” The seven-minute-plus animated clip, directed by Jessica Cope (who worked on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie) opens in a darkened home. Inside, a foreboding wolf scans a wall displaying his apparent conquests via mounted animal heads with their dresses hung beneath them as the ominous song plays.
And while the main character may be reveling in his trophy count at the beginning of the clip, as singer James Hetfield warns, “You ask for forgiveness, I give you sweet revenge.” It’s not long before the wronged animals from the kingdom rightly give the wolf what’s coming to him.
“Here Comes Revenge” is a cut from Metallica’s upcoming 10th LP, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct, 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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