Metallica Release Garage Demo of New ‘Lords of Summer’ Song

Metal kings, Metallica debuted their epic, eight-minute track The Lords of Summer at their concert in Bogotá, Colombia last Sunday night and have now followed it up by releasing a studio recording of the track.

Dubbed the “garage demo version,” the studio recording still clocks in at nearly eight-and-a-half minutes and adds clearer audio details, such as distinguishable lyric,s that were lost in the mobile phone-shot video that made its way around the Internet on Monday.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the song, which is the group’s first new tune since 2012 when it released outtakes from its last album, Death Magnetic, is “fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now.”

But he stressed that there’s no guarantee it will make it onto the new album. “Who knows what’s going to happen with this stuff,” he said. “But we are off and running and have been creating away in the studio and now we’re going to go out and play and sweat and share and we’ve got some new music that we want to throw everybody’s way.”

The band is currently on its Metallica by Request tour, where fans vote on each night’s set list. Metallica has since posted an official live recording of their Bogotá show to its website that includes both the live version and “Garage Demo” of Lords of Summer.

Listen: Metallica: Lords of Summer (Garage Demo Version)

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