“He haunts you, and he blinds your soul,” James Hetfield barks on Metallica‘s “Dream No More.” And the track’s eerie video follows a similar path, as a series of silhouettes walk through normal life haunted by an incessant flashing of symbols.
Director Tom Kirk cuts between random images (a mannequin head, a rocket launch, graffiti, biblical passages) and shots of Metallica performing the six-minute behemoth, which climaxes with guitarist Kirk Hammett’s visceral shredding. The director previously helmed the band’s intense clip for “Moth Into Flame.”
“Dream No More” highlights 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.”