Metallica have uploaded a "garage demo version" of new song "The Lords of Summer," NME reports. Click below to hear the track now.
The track was debuted on stage at Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia on March 16 with footage shot by a member of the audience being shared between fans since then. However, a high quality version of the eight minute long song has now been put out by the band.
"The Lords of Summer" is the rock group's first new material 2008's "Death Magnetic" album.
A post on the band's official Facebook page on Friday (March 14) revealed the group's plan to unveil a new track. A picture of all four members of the band, frontman James Hetfield plus Rob Trujillo, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, was accompanied by the words: "Working out the kinks in the new song that we'll be debuting in South America in a couple days."
Earlier this year Metallica guitarist Hammett said that the band "have to" start working on their next album. When asked if the record would likely be released in 2015, Hammett said: "I'm f--king up for it, man."
In a separate interview with Peru This Week, the band's bassist Rob Trujillo pointed that most of songs, picked up by fans for "Metallica by Request" shows are off the first five records.
"I think that there are some really good songs on those albums," he said. "Metallica's catalog has a lot of music. Usually the fans of a band like the oldest songs the most. In fact, the energy and the spirit of the first five albums is special. And it helps us write music now that still has that flavor, without leaving behind what we are now, obviously."
After "Death Magnetic" the band's collaboration with the late Lou Reed, "Lulu," was released in 2011. They've also toured and played festivals extensively in the past five years, including a slot at last month's Grammy Awards, when they teamed up with classical pianist Lang Lang to perform their track "One."