February 4, 2023

Metallica have returned with their first new tune in additional than six years, “Lux Æterna” — the lead single from the band’s simply introduced new studio album, 72 Seasons, arriving April 14th.

Contemplating the band’s tempo of releasing new music each 6-8 years, a lead single drop is definitely a vacation deal with for Metallica followers, to not point out a trigger for curiosity. Ever since St. Anger, Metallica have been a wildcard, sonically talking. These measured gaps between releases have resulted in every subsequent album having a vastly completely different musical persona than the one earlier than it.

If St. Anger was a stab at radio pleasant metallic, then Loss of life Magnetic was the deliberate return to a extra recognizable type of melodic thrash. For 2016’s Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, the band took the gloves off to ship a to-the-point heavy metallic ripper. The introductory single for every of these albums got here with a component of shock: “Oh, that is what Metallica sound like now.” Inevitably, there was additionally the possibility of disappointment given the lengthy wait and buildup for every album cycle.

With the announcement of 72 Seasons, that acquainted anticipation returned within the type of “Lux Æterna.” Disappointment? Not right here.

With a compact thrash metallic tune like this one, the central riff is significant, and Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield ship a keeper. Listening to the riff for the primary time — bolstered by propulsive drumming from Lars Ulrich (not a St. Anger snare to be heard!) — alleviated any concern of a dud. Slightly, Metallica picked up the place Hardwired left off.

From there, the chord development in the course of the verses takes on a pop-punk bounciness. Hetfield latches on with an overtly melodic supply and easy rhyme scheme — the latter being the least impressed ingredient of the observe. Fortunately his hovering cries of “Lux Æterna!” make up for it, with the verses constructing to a triumphant power-metal fashion refrain.

The tune clocks in at three-and-a-half minutes and doesn’t stray removed from its verse-chorus-verse construction. As was the case with Hardwired, Metallica aren’t making an attempt to reinvent themselves on “Lux Æterna.” That is no-bullshit melodic thrash metallic with a refreshingly dwell sound. Right here’s hoping 72 Seasons provides extra of the identical.

72 Seasons is obtainable for pre-order in a number of codecs and configurations by way of Metallica’s on-line retailer. It’s also possible to decide up tickets for the band’s newly introduced 2023-2024 tour dates by way of Ticketmaster.

Take a look at the video for “Lux Æterna” beneath, adopted by the tune’s full lyrics.

“Lux Æterna” Lyrics:

In domination
A sea of hearts beat as one, unified
All generations
Approaching thunder awaiting the sunshine

Full pace or nothing
Full pace or nothing

Lux Æterna
Lux Æterna

Frenzied sensation
Kindred alliance related inside
Sonic salvation
Solid out the demons that strangle your life

Full pace or nothing
Full pace or nothing

Lux Æterna
Lux Æterna (yeah!)
Lux Æterna

Kill isolation
By no means alone for the emotions alike
Lightning the nation
By no means alive extra
Than proper right here tonight

Full pace or nothing
Full pace or nothing

Lux Æterna
Lux Æterna

Gentle it

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