Track Review: Metallica, ‘Hardwired’
Metallica packs a mighty punch on up-tempo, ambitious, comeback single, “Hardwired.” The metal veterans aren’t playing around.
It has been eight years since Metallica released a proper studio album. Eight years! After a lengthy wait, the metal veterans return with the highly anticipated Hardwired…To Self-Destruct… on November 18. Leading the promotional campaign for Hardwired is single “Hardwired.” Appropriate, to say the least.
“Hardwired” is electrifying from the start. The jagged rhythmic riffs are a catalyst for head banging early on. Featuring a great bass line, the riff packs a mean punch throughout the record. Lightening quick speed makes the record both ambitious and utterly insane.
Ultimately, “Hardwired” features few lyrics, but a few is sufficient. Exceptional instrumental work is atonement, though none is needed. The few featured lyrics pack a punch. James Hetfield is definitely feeling unapologetic:
“We’re so f*cked / sh*t out of luck / hardwired to self-destruct”
Other noteworthy mentions include superb soloing and concluding with a bang.
Quite the adrenaline rush, “Hardwired” is alluring. The quick tempo is hella impressive. Hetfield sounds passionate as hell…literally. Enjoyable through and through, “Hardwired” packs a mighty punch in its three-minute package.