Pancake lovers Metallica are gearing up for the release of Hardwired...To Self Destruct, their first full-length record since 2008's Death Magnetic (give or take the occasional crankymetal song about tables). Fans have already been treated to two totally kick ass new tracks, "Hardwired," and "Moth Into Flame." Last night saw the live debut of "Moth" as the bay area thrashers rode the lightning in front of a crowd of die-hard fans at Webster Hall.
Given the fact that the four metalheads were already in town following their Saturday performance at the Global Citizen Festival, the Manhattan club date made plenty of sense. Special $25 tickets for Tuesday's show were doled out via a contest on Metallica's website, and the night's proceeds benefitted local food charity City Harvest.
Like most Metallica shows, the close-quarters concert featured a setlist dominated by the band's relentlessly heavy early stuff, but the debut of "Moth Into Flame" proved to be the night's special treat. "I don't know, eight years went by fast," guitarist and lead singer James Hetfield told the crowd before launching into the opening riff. "But not for you, I guess."
Watch videos of Metallica's hard-hitting show, courtesy of Jim Kiernan, below. The guys have still got it.
"Moth Into Flame"
"Master of Puppets"
"Seek and Destroy"
"Fade to Black"