Metallica Premieres New Song 'The Lords of Summer,' Video Available

Over 8 minutes, riffs galore, check out the new Metallica track inside.

Metallica Premieres New Song 'The Lords of Summer,' Video Available
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As previously announced, metal giants Metallica have premiered a brand new song during a Bogota, Columbia performance this Sunday (March 16).

Titled "The Lords of Summer," the track clocks in at eight minutes and features an abundance of riffs. As expected, it's a must-hear for every metal fan out there, so make sure to check it out in the player below.

The tune came as the No. 6 song on the night's setlist, right between the classics "The Unforgiven" and "...And Justice for All." Full setlist available below.

The band previously announced the premiere via Facebook and Twitter, posting studio images along with brief notes. "Working out the kinks in the new song that we'll be debuting in South America in a couple days," the four-piece stated, separately adding, "Jammin' on a new tune at HQ and getting it ready to go to South America in a couple days."

Metallica Live in Bogota, Colombia, March 16, 2014:

01. Blackened
02. Master of Puppets
03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
04. Fuel
05. The Unforgiven
06. The Lords of Summer
07. …And Justice for All
08. Sad but True
09. Fade to Black
10. Orion
11. One
12. For Whom the Bell Tolls
13. Battery
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
Encore:
16. Creeping Death
17. Ride the Lightning
18. Seek & Destroy


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    lemmyisgod97
    I love that it actually sounds like a song, not just a copy and paste job like some of DM, and who knew Lars drumming would be one of the best parts of the new song, The Lords Of Summer have returned.
    Maiden95
    Agree 100%, kinda has that Blackened feel. I feel much more anticipation for the new record now.
    Mustaine1940
    completely agreed im not a post 88 metallica fan minus maybe wherever i may roam, but ive been pulling for metallica to really hit their roots of metal with this album to really show they still have it and from the looks of this 8 minute piece everything seems to be checked off for what i look for in a classic metallica song, maybe on this album kirk will lay off the wahh abit though.
    lemmyisgod97
    Better quality version.
    reignofrock
    I'm glad that Kirk's soloing has improved. I know I'll get a lot of hate, but the solos and transitions in Death Magnetic didn't feel right/appropriate or satisfying. Count me optimistic for the future.
    sambalici
    Yeah I agree, but I remember that after Death Magnetic recording sessions Kirk himself said that "next album I will try to do more melodic solos". As I understand Death Magnetic solo style was a conscious decision from him, I don't know why he chose these style. But fingers crossed for this album, I am hopeful.
    surf&guitar
    i didn't think the solo was that good. Was pretty much what i expected. A few solid riffs there though! i was suprised by the drumming too.
    joplambrix
    Heavy as ****, Lords of Thrash.
    Mustaine1940
    i kinda think your extremely overestimating the song. Twas a great song and studio wise im sure itll get serious radio [play which ill be glad to hear. But again Metallica hasnt been "the lords of thrash" in 26 years lol
    Abacus11
    I don't know if they were ever "Lords of Thrash" but it's been 26 years since they could even be considered a thrash band... or made a decent metal record. This song shows a little potential but I'm not holding my breath. It's been a looooong time since Metallica quit trying. I love their early music (everything thru AJFA) but they've done nothing but disappoint since. Just my opinion.
    borzughul
    This is true. Metallica hasn't created anything since 88 that people would actually consider thrash metal. I'm sorry but they just aren't anymore. (I did like St. Anger though, and parts of Load/Reload are good).
    SGofawesome
    I don't care if it's metal or if it's rock or whatever the hell it may be. If it's good then it's ****in' good.
    Democrab
    I'd honestly only really call KEA a fully thrash record, the rest had different elements in different songs. (eg. The prog influence obvious in all of Justice and some of the songs in Lightning and Puppets among other influences.) They really just defy fitting in one genre, same with Load and Reload as they're kind of a blend of blues, rock and metal with the occasional country element added.
    Teodor
    The riff at 0:49 sounds like a variation on the Damage, Inc. verse riff and the riff at 1:35 is basically the intro to Metal Militia. The rest of the track sounds uninspired and disposable. It's just "meh" for me. The 'tallica boys can do better.
    D4CE
    Sounds like A7X!
    thebigredjj10
    I don't care if it sounds like A7X. It's no where near as good as Asking Alexandria! Am I too obvious?
    aria.m8888
    Dude, you don't need to leave a comment about everything, you can shut your mouth sometimes.
    Rimfrost
    I hope this i the cut they end up using on the album, it sounds pretty damn promising. It would be a shame if they split it into 8 songs, like they did with "Death is not the End". This is the first time in 6 years i´ve been psyched about this upcoming release.
    markyj666
    Yes! Awesome! Seeing as this song has a name, as opposed to "New Song" etc, I think that this will actually stay as we see here and not get chopped and used in other songs. Sweet, I await the album.
    Jazz1992
    Unfortunately, not neccesarily. If you haven't heard it, look for the song "Death Is Not the End"; it ended up chopped up for other songs on Death Magnetic.
    cory_i
    "Death is Not the End" I'm fairly sure was only officially called "The New Song".
    Seither2k
    Pretty damn awesome, but I don't care much for the interlude-ish section leading into the solo. Either Kirk's guitar was out of tune a bit, or my ears are broken. Either way---I'm pumped for new album. It can't get here soon enough.
    TheHydra
    Well, it already sounds better than anything off of Death Magnetic. It sounds like they're really trying to emulate Kill 'Em All, or the early years in general. You could probably shave a good few minutes off of it, though.
    Rust_E_Stringz
    I pray this is a sign for the upcoming album. I will actually buy the album if it has more of this.
    Aryan Death Man
    Seems Like a Crossover between 'Disposable Heroes' and Death Magnetic stuffs. The Lords of Thrash are back!!!!
    Salvo416
    Ehh song is good, but the title is so un-metallica like. Sounds like a title for a kid rock song or something. Hearing some dang good riffs in there though!
    paulyg
    This will probably get down-votes, but i wish Metallica would write shorter 'more to the point' songs like the Black Album. This new song had some good parts but only about half of it was decent. Other half, very generic!
    Rimfrost
    I agree that they should try to be a little more concise, the last couple of albums have been pretty bloated and it just seems like they don't know when to end a song. But i didn't mind it in this one, they only played one chorus after the interlude, that's a step in the right direction (they usually repeat all riffs a couple of times...). They've been struggling witht this ever since Newsted left.
    TomWhaley
    I actually agree. I found myself liking half of most of the songs on Death Magnetic... They just go off on too many directionless riff tangents. For example, "The Day That Never Comes" would've been a killer 5 minute song, but it loses it in the open-e chugging disaster 3/4 through.
    bustapr
    it sounds in the style of their old stuff, but also sounds in style of Death Magnetic. Really good song but I hope Kirk changes that solo. It was rather bad.
    haifisch234
    This song is better than most Death Magnetic, has some weak points though. Great job on guitars by James and Rob, some of Het's riffs in the last few minutes are killer! Kirk needs to be more creative with the solo. And Lars... goddamit he's horrible.
    CurlOfTheBurl
    Love it, but how has Kirk been on that plateaux of pentatonic mediocrity since 1990? His solos on the first 4 records were awesome! But the solo here was rehashed and repetitive (that descending A lick was done 3 times in a row). What an epic tune though, wow!
    Tonganation
    Solo and bridge were definitely the weakest parts of the song. I did like the harmony on the bridge, but it lagged due to Kirk's repetition. But the riffs were tight and played off each other well. At least James has still got it in that department.
    thejay2
    This sounds brilliant! Got a typical Metallica sound to it but nothing 'recycled' I look forward to hearing a studio quality version