Metallica Stealth release new single and video, “Screaming Suicide”

Metallica Stealth release new single and video, “Screaming Suicide”

Metallica have wowed fans again with another new single and music video for their upcoming eleventh studio LP, 72 stations. “Screaming Suicide” is the band’s latest song and follows a fairly similar sonic path to previous single “Lux Æterna”, even though “Screaming Suicide” favors a noticeably stronger mid-tempo. Aside from the sonic differences, “Screaming Suicide” stands apart from many of Metallica’s earlier work in that it touches on the delicate subject of suicide.

“’Screaming Suicide’ addresses the taboo word of suicide. The intention is to communicate about the darkness we feel inside. It is ridiculous to think that we should deny that we have these thoughts. At one point or another, I think most people have thought about it. Facing it is saying the unsaid. If it’s a human experience, we should be able to talk about it. You’re not alone,” says vocalist James Hetfield.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the more “old school” sound Metallica seem to have on this record, Hetfield’s lyrical themes are undeniably on point. With “Lux Æterna” and now “Screaming Suicide,” Hetfield’s lyrics, hooks, and gritty new vocal delivery are the standout qualities of these new Metallica tracks. While the riffs and instrumentation have a familiar and at times uninspired quality, the production on this album features a youthful Metallica sound that hasn’t been heard for quite some time.

Another key thing to consider about Metallica’s more recent music is that the timing of their eleventh studio album is at a remarkably unique point in the band’s career. A lot has happened to the band and its members in the past five years, including Metallica seeing another pop culture breakthrough in Stranger Things, singer James Hetfield starting rehab again and most recently going through a divorce, not to mention the successful reissue of Metallica’s Black Album in 2021. Given how personal songwriting tends to be, these are likely factors that in one way or another have manifested themselves in Metallica’s sound in 2023. On the one hand, Hetfield speaking being so candid about the themes and lyrical theme of this new record is a welcome surprise. .

In general, it’s always hard to gauge what an album will sound like based on a couple of singles, but with “Lux Æterna” and now “Screaming Suicide” Metallica are clearly in an ‘old school’ metal stride that makes me cautiously optimistic for 72 stations.

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