Metallica released a new song on 20th June via Blackened Recordings entitled 'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version'. The band first debuted the song in March this year at a concert in Bogotá, Colombia.
The new recording dubbed the "the First Pass Version" clocks in at eight minutes and 20 seconds and recalls the group's thrashier Eighties offerings, with a fiery solo from lead guitarist Kirk Hammett.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the song is "fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now.- Whether the track makes the final cut of Metallica's next album remains to be seen.
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The band are currently on their 'Metallica By Request' run of dates, and are due to headline the main stages at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday 28th June, and Sonisphere Festival on Sunday July 6th.
They recently took time out to play the MusiCares MAP Fund gala in California where they paid tribute to Ozzy Osbourne, while frontman James Hetfield joined forces with former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar at a benefit concert Acoustic-4-a-Cure.
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