Metallica are sharing a preview of new music as part of a seasonal greeting video message to fans.
“Hey everybody, Happy Holidays from Tabs (the cat) and all of Metallica here in the studio,” says frontman James Hetfield. “We thought we’d give you a little bit of ear candy for the holidays.”
Hetfield and his feline friend then hit play on a 12-second snippet of a new song by the group as they continue to work on the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic.”
The clip is primarily available for viewing by Metallica fan club members at the band’s website (with free email sign-up) – but has also surfaced elsewhere online.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett recently shared an update on the project, telling 103.3 The Edge in Buffalo, NY, “We're hoping that the album will be released next year. It's pretty much more along the same lines as 'Death Magnetic' — kind of like that direction. And, you know, we'll see.
“We're into it. I don't wanna say that we're a third into it, or two-thirds into it, or an eighth into it, 'cause anything could happen that'll just change that number. But, eventually, you will see a new Metallica album, and it will most likely be in 2016, and at the very worst, at the beginning of 2017."
Metallica return to live action in the New year when they headline a Super Bowl 50 eve concert on February 6 at AT&T Park in San Francisco ahead of the big game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, February 7.
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