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Released November 18, 2016
Recorded 2014-2016, Metallica HQ in San Francisco.
Length 77:26 (Standard Release)
167:03 (Deluxe Edition)
Number of tracks 12 (Standard Release)
26 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Blackened Recordings (USA)
Universal Records (Europe)
Formats Vinyl, CD, iTunes
Genre Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
Previous Album
Death Magnetic
Next Album
N/A Self-Destruct is the tenth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on November 18, 2016. The album is the first since 2008's Death Magnetic, marking the longest period in the band’s history without an official studio album release, previously held by the time between ReLoad and St. Anger, being six years. The record is also the first to be released under Metallica's independent record label Blackened Recordings.


In late 2011, Robert Trujillo had announced that the band was currently writing new material for the upcoming album, the band had been in contact with Rick Rubin, who had previously produced Death Magnetic from 2008, and were looking forward to working with him again as well as stating 2012 would be dedicated to recording the record.

In the Spring of 2014, Metallica embarked upon the Metallica by Request Tour in which fans voted for all songs played at each show, except one. The last song was chosen by Metallica themselves, the song in question was a new song, entitled Lords of Summer, written specifically for the shows, the song would later become a bonus track included with the Deluxe Edition of the album.


On August 18, 2016, Metallica released the video of the first single from the album, Hardwired, as well as announced the name and release date of the album. It would be put up for pre-order the following day, with each purchase including a free digital download of the Hardwired single.

In October 2016 Metallica will embark on the first leg of the upcoming tour to support the album, playing five shows in Latin America. Further tour dates to be announced.


Disc 1

No. Title Composer Length
1. Hardwired James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 3:11
2. Atlas, Rise! Hetfield, Ulrich 6:28
3. Now That We're Dead Hetfield, Ulrich 6:59
4. Moth into Flame Hetfield, Ulrich 5:50
5. Dream No More Hetfield, Ulrich 6:29
6. Halo On Fire Hetfield, Ulrich 8:15
Total length:

Disc 2

No. Title Composer Length
1. Confusion Hetfield, Ulrich 6:41
2. ManUNkind Hetfield, Ulrich, Robert Trujillo 6:55
3. Here Comes Revenge Hetfield, Ulrich 7:17
4. Am I Savage? Hetfield, Ulrich 6:29
5. Murder One Hetfield, Ulrich 5:45
6. Spit Out the Bone Hetfield, Ulrich 7:09
Total length:

Deluxe Edition

No. Title Composer Length
1. Lords of Summer Hetfield, Ulrich, Trujillo 7:10
2. Ronnie Rising Medley Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell 9:03
3. When a Blind Man Cries Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice 4:35
4. Remember Tomorrow Steve Harris, Paul Di'Anno 5:50
5. Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music) Sean Harris, Brian Tatler 3:08
6. Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich 4:07
7. The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 5:19
8. Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Mustaine 6:56
9. Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton, Kirk Hammett 7:24
10. Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich, Mustaine 5:13
11. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton 4:32
12. Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton, Hammett 6:43
13. Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music) Hetfield, Ulrich, Mustaine 6:07
14. Hardwired (Live in Minnieapolis) Hetfield, Ulrich 3:30
Total length:


  • This is the first and only Metallica album to date in which every song on the record will receive a music video. The next closest amount per a single record is 1991's Black Album with five music videos.
  • This is the second album to where Kirk Hammett doesn't get a song writing credit, due to losing his phone with all his riff ideas. The other album is 1983's Kill 'Em All.
  • This is the second album that has less than four people getting at least one song writing credit, the first being Load from 1996.



  • Greg Fidelman - Producer, Mixing, Recording
  • James Hetfield - Co-Producer
  • Lars Ulrich - Co-Producer
  • John Buttino - Art Direction