Metallica Release New Studio Version of 'Lords of Summer' on iTunes

Newly revealed track gets its official release.

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In anticipation of next week's headlining performance at Glastonbury, Metallica has released a new version of "Lords of Summer" on iTunes.

The updated studio version of the track is different from the demo version that the band posted on YouTube some weeks ago, featuring re-recorded vocals from James Hetfield, as well as a new solo from Kirk Hammett.

AsĀ NME reports, Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis has defended the decision to have Metallica headline the festival. The band has come under fire from some sectors for being 'too heavy' for Glastonbury:

"There's no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here," he said. "We have been going for so long that people don't expect us to put on a heavy metal band. We had Rage Against the Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past but this is not a typical headline."

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    Guitar could sound a bit chunkier (overdrive, not riffs), but apart from that this tack has me really excited for what comes next.
    Vocals improved, but the Guitar tone is ****ing disgusting.And I still think the song is big load of bad mashed-up riffs. Sounds generic as hell.
    Black Hazard
    Why is the mix on this so shitty? Ever since Death Magnetic, his vocals just sit there "on top" of the mix. It sounds lame as hell.
    And again Rob's bass is inaudible at all. What a waste of talent.
    Incredibly big waste... He's been in the band for 11 years and contributed in TWO songs. Jason contributed in at least THREE songs in 14 years. Rob is treated like shit in terms of composing etc. So let there be "And Justice for Rob" either.
    Actually Rob is credited as a co-writer of ALL songs on Death Magnetic, however his lines were treated almost like Jason's.
    As much as the "fans" wanted Metallica to lose the Load & Reload groove's, I'm afraid to say that that sound will never disappear. I prefer the "Load" & "Reload" era's as the instrumentation was more unique & diverse. This however, sounds like a mish mash of Load era Metallica trying to be thrashy for the sake of pleasing - again - their so called "fans". Groove suits them in their older age. Thrash not so much.
    I don't think metallica try to please their fans. they just do what they want and progress. if they wanted to please the fans theyed still be wearing basketball boots skinny jeans and playing kill em all over and over again.
    The more I listen to it, the more I dig this track. Love the middle section before the solo, it's simple but it grooves so well.
    That's my favourite part. It still amazes me that James comes up with simple, heavy and really groove oriented riffs like that.
    Guitar sounds a bit too weak, it definetly could have needed a little more distortion.
    It's definitely not distortion that the guitars are missing. They're just eq'd weird.
    The instrumental parts have grown on me, but I think they should bite the bullet in the studio and tune down a half step so ol' Het isn't having to struggle to hit the damn notes.
    I like the song but they should get a better instrumental/solo section.
    And maybe not rip off his justice solo and leper messiah towards the end.
    Thrash Addict
    They should get a better lead player. Or at least make him practice.
    Thrash Addict
    btw I just realized that the main riff is way too similar to Crazy Horse by BLS Im not trolling, look it up.
    Anyone who knows his stuff on guitar playing will tell you that Hammett is not one of the greatest soloists out there. But he makes Metallica what they are, and that is irreplaceable.
    Please twitter this to Mustaine, give him a good weekend meltdown.
    Same with Lars
    I do wish Lars tried more, in all honesty. His drumming has been very mediocre these last 14 years, considering he's the drummer for one of the biggest metal bands out there. My opinion is that having achieved worldwide recognition (through Metallica), he has lost the hunger to improve. And it's not due to age. Just look at Lombardo or Peart. I wish he tried more, but hey, it's his band, his call. One thing that nobody seems to ever mention: The 2009 Nimes and Mexico DVDs, as well as the Through the Never one? Why does no one mention that Lars' drumming has been messed with? Mostly the bass drum.
    kill it
    i don't mind the guitar sound everybody seems to be complaining about. the more heavily distorted modern sounds most bands use seem just cover up a lot of bad technique and lose tone and definition at high volume. a good example is ac/dc, just a really loud overdriven sound. i seen them live and it was really loud but the guitar sound was still very clear. i've also seen tons of heavy bands that use way too much gain. they turn the pa up loud and it just sounds like a bee hive, total crap.
    James sounds excellent, and I mean excellent! Listen closely, it sounds like he's singing the way he did for Master of Puppets (but more raw; MOP had more vocal processing). Overall, the production is a little too raw. It's tight and everything, but the guitars sounded best in the '80s when they were tripled/quadrupled. Also the guitar tone is a little weak and James could use some reverb. Lars is ok, not horrible and not great. Couldn't hear Rob to be honest. Can't wait for the album. James is really friggin' pushing it, can't wait to hear all his vocal performances.
    People need to stop over-analyzing demo's Anyone remember "New Track 1" and "New Track 2" which led to End of the line and something else...its a demo guys. I like it, especially the instrumentation.
    This is the studio version? Like official? If so it just feels like the sound is lacking... still sounds like a garage band.
    It's basically a decently produced demo. There's still every chance it might not make the next album, or it could be reworked into something else.
    Damn it isn't it "Lords of Sumer" as in the ancient kingdom of Sumer? "Lords of Summer" sounds really stupid
    I feel as though this song should be sped up just a little. Would totally sound like something off of Kill 'em All.
    When the first garage demo version came out last spring, I put it in GarageBand to speed up the tempo just a bit and make a few minor edits. I have been listening to the edit that I made ever since.