Watch Metallica’s Paranoid, Haunted ‘Dream No More’ Video
“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.”
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“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.”