Metallica release track, announce album

After what seems like an eternity of teasing and studio diaries, metal gods Metallica have announced the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic and released the first track.

The album is set to be titled Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and will be released on November 18th worldwide on their own label Blackened Recordings.

The track released alongside the album is called Hardwired, and you can hear it below:

Metallica’s New Album Has A Reported Release Date

According to a newspaper in Germany, the 14th October could see the release of Metallica’s 10th album.

Bild, the country’s biggest daily newspaper, is reporting the release date for this coming October.   However, Universal Music, who distribute Metallica’s music across the globe, have not confirmed or denied the release date as of yet.

Metallica’s upcoming studio album will follow up to 2008’s Death Magnetic, which came out 8 years ago.   Are you excited for a new Metallica album, let us know in the comments.

A History Of Metal – Alternative Metal

Alternative Metal is a brief term that encompasses a number of sub genre’s within Metal. This is a genre which takes the core ideals of Heavy Metal and mixes it with Alt Rock, various genre’s to sprout from this includes; Rap Metal, Nu Metal and Funk Metal. For the purpose of this article however, the genre will be looked at as a whole and will be seen mainly as the main encapsulating genre people generally treat as Alternative Metal. Alternative Metal is often characterised by heavy guitar riffs, mainly melodic vocals (but can also use harsh vocals), and a sense of unconventional sounds in the song structure and experimental approaches to heavy music. This often includes borrowing elements from other genres for example; Hip-Hop, Groove Metal, Grunge or Industrial Metal.

The first wave of Alternative Metal didn’t have a distinct direction or location, instead all the bands sounded completely different. These initial groups however are now more recognised as being their own sub-genres instead but during the mid-1980’s to early 1990’s they were all considered Alternative Metal.  These include Hardcore Punk (Bad Brains, Life Of Agony), Noise Rock (Helmet, White Zombie), Grunge (Alice In Chain, Soundgarden), Stoner Rock (Clutch, Kyuss), Sludge Metal (Fudge Tunnel, Melvins), Gothic Metal (Type O Negative), Art Rock (Refused) and Industrial (Ministry, Godflesh).

It wasn’t until the 1990’s that Alternative Metal had it’s own sense of identity. Bands like; Fishbone, Primus, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Faith No More are all credited with pushing the movement with the direction of Funk to their music. Other artists such as Soundgarden and The Melvins pioneered what was to become Grunge in which point Alternative Metal became more popular and much more mainstream. No band was as famous for doing this as Nirvana however with the release of Bleach (1989) the group showed that Alternative Metal was here to stay, and that Grunge as a powerhouse was taking over the world of Rock and Metal. This album proved that Rock was in the mainstream and with it a group of bands from Jane’s Addiction, to Soundgarden were reaping the benefits that Grunge had set out for them.

Unfortunately during this period several bands felt dissociated with Metal. These include Helmet’s drummer John Stanier who stated “We fell into the whole metal thing by accident, we always hated it when people mentioned metal in conjunction with us.”. Whilst this was happening several other events were taking place within the rock and roll landscape including the creation of Rock Festival, Lollapalooza. Which inspired new bands to gain wider rock popularity from this movement, including brand new band; Tool.

Tool released their debut album Undertow (1993) to massive success. This led for a new Progressive Metal approach to take the realm from a lot of the Grunge during this period. This unfortunately also came with the slowing down and eventual end of Grunge during the 90’s with front-man Kurt Cobain’s unfortunate suicide in 1994. Various bands however grew exposure from the ending of Grunge including; Rage Against The Machine, Primus and Nine Inch Nails. All of which arguably gave Metal huge progression and created a whole new strand within the Metal Evolution.

During this period a lot of 1980’s Thrash Metal acts were becoming disassociated with the genre including; Anthrax (Sound Of White Noise (1993)), Stomp 442 (1995)), Volume 8: The Threat Is Real (1998)) and Metallica (Load (1996)), Reload (1997), St. Anger (2003)). Even Slayer who many fans thought wouldn’t “sell out to Alternative Metal” drastically changed their sound on Undisputed Attitude (1996) and Diabolus In Musica (1998). Proving that even the classic bands weren’t going to miss out on the rise of Alternative Metal. What many missed however was the speed and ferocity that they were known for which grew to retain scepticism from both Journalists and fans. Thrash Metal had bowed to the mainstream during this period and for many people it was quite a confusing time to be a fan of the genre.

From this the cries of fans for a heavier sub-genre of Alternative Metal were heard crying through, this brought about the birth of Nu Metal. The genre would rely on elements of what made Thrash Metal great, combining it with Groove Metal and Hip Hop influences. This again would change the style of what was Alternative Metal into something now commonly known as Nu Metal. This is believed to have been spearheaded by groups such as Rage Against The Machine and picked up by (what many consider the first Nu Metal band) KoRn (S/T ((1994))). Other bands would pick up the style of music that KoRn were playing including Disturbed, Slipknot, Machine Head and Mushroomhead. Sadly by around 2003 the genre had ended and in it’s wake Metalcore was born.

Though it is believed that the Alternative Metal movement ended during this period, several bands from this genre are still headlining festivals up and around the country including; Slipknot, System Of A Down, Rammstein and Deftones. If you take any Download Festival bill it will be covered with bands within this style and that is the most impressive and lasting impact Alternative Metal has left to the general landscape of Metal.