Metallica Drop New Single That 'Addresses The Taboo Word Of Suicide'

20 January 2023 | 12:11 pm | Mary Varvaris
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The second single from the band's upcoming album, 72 Seasons, is thrilling.

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Metallica have dropped another single from their upcoming album, 72 Seasons, which will be released on 14 April.

Screaming Suicide is more mid-tempo than the first single, Lux Æterna, but still contains some thrashy riffs. The music video sees the band clouded in mystery with a wicked guitar solo coming from Kirk Hammett. As far as current-day Metallica singles go, this one is a banger. 

"Screaming Suicide addresses the taboo word of suicide," Hetfield offered in a statement. 

"The intention is to communicate about the darkness we feel inside. It's ridiculous to think we should deny that we have these thoughts. At one point or another, I believe most people have thought about it. To face it is to speak the unspoken. If it's a human experience, we should be able to talk about it. You are not alone." It's a poignant, powerful message from the biggest heavy metal band in the world.

The legendary heavy metal band's new album will be 12 songs and 77 minutes long and produced by Greg Fidelman alongside James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The album is Metallica's first since 2016's Hardwired … To Self-Destruct

Hetfield said about the album: "72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves.

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"The concept that we were told 'who we are' by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is a reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry."

Pre-order 72 Seasons here.

Last month, Metallica used their platform in an attempt to stamp out scammers. "In the wake of last week’s exciting news of our new song, new album, and new tour, unfortunately, the ugly side of social media made an appearance," the group wrote on Instagram.

"Many of you have let us know about YouTube channels and live streams, as well as websites, claiming to offer Metallica Crypto giveaways in conjunction with last week’s announcement."

Metallica firmly added: "Let’s be as clear as possible. These are scams. They’re being streamed on fake YouTube channels posing to be ours and all pointing to websites that we do not run."