Metallica to release first album in 8 years

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Los Angeles (AP) — Metallica is preparing to self-destruct — in a good way!

The band announced last week it’s releasing its first album in eight years, the longest Metallica has ever gone between studio albums. “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct” will feature 80 minutes of music from the veteran heavy metal group. The album is scheduled for release Nov. 18.

James Hetfield of Metallica is shown in this May 9, 2015 file photo. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)
James Hetfield of Metallica is shown in this May 9, 2015 file photo. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)

Metallica debuted the album’s first track, “Hardwired,” on YouTube last week.  They say their 11th studio album represents “the next phase of our journey.”

The “Nothing Else Matters” and “Unforgiven” band explained that “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct” will be available in several forms: a double CD, vinyl, through digital download, as well as a deluxe edition with “the riffs that were the origins of the album.”

The band’s current lineup includes singer-guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo.

Metallica released “Death Magnetic” in 2008.