Metallica's 'The Lords of Summer' Official Live Video Released

Official new song performance footage from Bogota surfaces.

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Metallica posted official footage of "The Lords of Summer" live debut via the band's official YouTube channel, Blabbermouth reports. Check it out below.

The band debuted a brand new song on Sunday night (March 16) during the opening show of the band's South American tour in Bogota, Colombia. As promised, the band played a nearly all-request set, with 17 songs chosen online by fans prior to the gig and the last slot filled by the new track.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the new song "is fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now. It's one of those things that's like, 'Here, we're writing and we're creating.'"

Guitarist Kirk Hammett told the Pulse of Radio that coming up with music is not a problem for the band. "We're a band that never has a shortage of ideas," he said. "You know, you hear about these bands that are like, oh, they're sitting in the studio and they don't have any songs, what are they gonna do? That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite: we have too many ideas, which ones are we gonna use. And so that's pretty much how it stands with us."

Ulrich cautioned, however, that "The Lords of Summer" may not even end up on Metallica's next album at all, or at least not in its current form. He explained, "We did the same thing when we went out and played a bunch of dates in 2006. We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record (2008's "Death Magnetic")."

The Metallica by Request tour will hit Europe this summer, with a single North American date confirmed in Montreal, as the band continues working on its 10th studio album.

The rest of Metallica's "by request" show in Bogota featured such classics as "Master of Puppets," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," "Sad but True," "Fade to Black," "One" and "Enter Sandman."

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    There is a 1985 thrash version remix of this on YouTube, where it got sped up twice as fast, that actually sounds more like Metallica than Metallica. lol
    Maybe a little bit slower and that is a considerably better song. It makes the original very boring.
    Shit, someone forward that to them. Even Kirk's solo sounds awesome at that speed.
    I'd like to see an actual human being playing the main riff at that speed. Otherwise, not impressed; at this speed, it sounds plain and emotionless IMO. Reminds me of why pretty much the only thrash bands I like are the Big 4; they could play fast, but they also knew how to actually write riffs.
    Badass UltraMan
    At this speed the main riff sounds like Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth :p The riff starts at 1 hour, 36 minutes and 8 seconds but for some reason the Youtube link starts about 20 seconds earlier than I told it to. EDIT: Ultimate Guitar keeps removing the link from my comment. Shit on toast.
    And this is why I love the internet. Some kid somewhere in the world can take a Metallica song, run it through his software, and make it sound considerably more badass. Cheers to whoever did this.
    i think metallica would have less fans today if that's how james sounded vocally in the 80s lol... otherwise, great fix! lol
    James's voice sounds like Ride the Lightning on this version. And yeah, IMO the song also sounds better at this speed. This could be a song on Ride the Lightning. I actually like this version a lot. A couple of tweaks and it would be perfect. Oh, and good to hear Metallica in standard tuning again.
    It does sounds pretty good and resambles the old school metallica, but I believe that that is the problem for the die hard fans, they want a new kill em all, a new ride the ligthening and that was more than 30 years ago, it is common that metallica wants to try something different, also age... I feel asking lars to play at this rythm a 2 hours show is a big effort for him
    Damn. Thats one of the best Solo's I've heard from Hammett. He should play it this way!
    This video just emphasizes how crappy of a drummer Lars has become...His drums sound like shit over the main riff. Kirk's solo actually sounds really ****ing awesome in this speed, though.
    Proving once and for all that James [i]can pick upwards and just chooses not to. For real though, I'm actually pretty amped by this song.
    The sad thing is that metal crowds don't go crazy anymore, they ****ing film it on their phones. It infuriates the hell outta me - you know who you all are!!!
    Oh that solo is painful, his not so subtle transition into mega-wah just did not fit with the song
    Haha, did anyone hear Lars say to the other members right before they start the song, "Okay, God help us all" , around 50 seconds into the video.
    People would have thought Lars' drumming would be the worst part of this song... then Kirk's solo came and saved the day for lars.
    I think the song is quite good. sounds nothing like kill em all etc but i'm glad it doesn't. kill em all sounds dated and 80's nowadays and belongs in the 80's. along with their 80's ex fans.
    You gotta give them credit for still playing fast, since they are old. So you can't expect them to play like they're still in their 20's. It doesn't need to sound like Kill 'Em All because it is dated. At least you understand more than most of the people here.
    Still doesn't make Kirk sound any less shit
    i actually agree even though i love metallica and kirk, that first bit of lead was just terrible. solo was mediocre at best. Come on Kirk.
    Does anyone know what happened to him? He use to kill it live. But the last 10 years or so have been mediocre. Does he not practise any more?
    He cant use his cane on stage, so has hard time standing and playing guitar at the same time. Rumour has it that he put a broom handle in his arse as a support mechanism during solos.
    Reading your posts Morbid as shit you keep coming back on different days to this article and post a comment. I put it down to two things. One you either like to see responses to your own morbid shit or two you secretly love Metallica and keep reading the article over and over. What one is it?
    He couldn't sound less shit, because he is THE SHIT! \m/
    Sounds like Lars' left foot has 1/4 the power of his right. They should stick with pop music, it suits his style much better.
    The rest of Metallica's "by request" show in Bogota featured such classics as "Master of Puppets," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," "Sad but True," "Fade to Black," "One" and "Enter Sandman." What a waste of requests by requesting songs they always play anyway.
    The fact that people still argue and try and slag these guys off is laughable. They have been there and done it. They created the landscape for everything that came after. And they still put on one hell of a live show. Everyone should just be thankful they are still touring and writing new songs. They will never top MoP or AJFA. That's a given. But one day they will retire, so enjoy the ride while it lasts 'cause there will never be a metal band do what these guys have done again. If you want to hear edgy, modern thrash then go listen to Sylosis. And stop spamming articles like this and leave them for the fans.
    Badass UltraMan
    I absolutely loved the first minute or so of Kirk's solo along with the harmony him and James played. I would have been much happier if they ended the interlude there and then. The wahfest solo completely kills the fantastic mood the slow part had set up and adds nothing at all to the song in my opinion.
    I hate that everyone is treating this like "the new Metallica song" when in reality it's 8 riffs that will be scattered throughout songs and lyrics that will be nowhere on the album. My morning rock radio hosts were harping on how lame the title was and all that. Hell, "Judas Kiss" was called "Gym Bag" at this stage, and they literally premiered "New Song" and "New Song II." Honestly, if you're basing your initial perception of the upcoming studio work on this, you should slow down, dude.
    Little trivia tidbit. Metallica has has been using all Fractal Axe FX II's lately. With the exception of Kirk's wah (go figure), Metallica is 100% Fractal for their tone on their South American tour.
    People need to stop hating on Kirks soloing or Lars' drumming, both fit Metallica, and if you were to replace either of them, it wouldn't be Metallica, so just stop
    Didn't really like the new song, it sounded like a bunch of recycled riffs from the Kill Em All era played at half speed. The solo sounds really generic with all that wah-wah on it, also Lars is really sloppy.