Metallica have shared their new single “Atlas, Rise!”

This song is the third track of their new album “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, release date: November 28, 2016.

The video is quite simple, showing the band in the studio recording.

Song lyrics: Metallica – Atlas, Rise!

Bitterness and burden
Curses rest on thee
Solitaire and sorrow
All eternity
Save the Earth and claim perfection
Deem the mass and blame rejection
Hold the pose, fein perception
Grudges break your back
All you bear
All you carry
All you bear
Place it right on
Right on me

Die as you suffer in vain
Own all the grief and the pain
Die as you hold up the skies
Atlas, rise!
How does it feel on your own?
Bound by the world all alone
Crushed under heavy skies
Atlas, rise!
Crucify and witness
Circling the sun
Bastardized in ruin
What have you become?
Blame the world and blame your maker
Wish ’em to the undertaker
Crown yourself the other savior
So you carry on
All you bear
All you carry
All you bear
Place it right on
Right on me
Die as you suffer in vain
Own all the grief and the pain
Die as you hold up the skies
Atlas, rise!
How does it feel on your own?
Bound by the world all alone
Crushed under heavy skies
Crushed under heavy skies
Atlas, rise!

 
Masquerade as maker
Heavy is the crown
Beaten down and broken
Drama wears you down
Overload, the martyr stumbles
Hit the ground and Heaven crumbles
All alone the fear shall humble
Swallow all your pride
All you bear
All you carry
All you bear
Place it right on
Right on me
Die as you suffer in vain
Own all the grief and the pain
Die as you hold up the skies
Atlas, rise!
How does it feel on your own?
Bound by the world all alone
Crushed under heavy skies
Crushed under heavy skies
Atlas, rise!

What I really love about Metallica right now is that they are not beholden to anyone anymore. No one can tell them they need to have a song like this or play a verse like that anymore.

They own their own “master recordings” (something extremely few artists actually have!), they have their own record label now, and they don’t NEED to sell ANYTHING if they don’t want to. They are literally making music for the sake of making music and having fun – and you can tell when you listen to it. They are just rocking out!

They have achieved what many, many musicians have not been able to: to be completely in control of their own fate and musical choices. They have truly succeeded.

And you would think that when they became radio-friendly on the Black album, Load and Reload, that those fans would disappear now since Death Magnetic, that they have returned to their heavier roots – but they haven’t. They are still debuting albums at number one.

This means they have literally taken people who only originally liked songs like Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters, and they have turned many of those people into Metalheads. If that’s not success, nothing is! – Review by Justin Honse