Re-Enter sandman - Metallica return with new album

Heavy metal group Metallica have announced they are releasing their first album in eight years.

Friday, 19th August 2016, 1:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:04 pm
Metallica, from left, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. Picture credit: AP Photo/Jeff Christensen/PA Photos.

The veteran US rockers, who have won multiple Grammys and sold tens of millions of records around the world, revealed details of Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct, the long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic.

In a statement on their website, the group said their 11th studio album - which will contain two discs and nearly 80 minutes of music - was “a long time coming” and is set for release on November 18.

The music video for the album’s first track, Hardwired, was also posted on YouTube.

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It is the longest period fans have had to wait for a new Metallica album since the group formed in 1981.

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