Humanity fights for its survival in Metallica’s “Spit Out the Bone” clip, as a few survivors creep around wasted, wrecked city streets, attempting to stay alive. Strange alien ships scour the ruins look for humans to fry.
Phil Mucci, whose credits include videos for Korn and Opeth, directed the clip. It opens with a whirlwind: images flash at a dizzying rate synced with Lars Ulrich’s furious barrage of drumming. The subsequent action incorporates elements from post-apocalyptic alien invasion films and martial arts movies. In a lengthy, pummeling scene, a female protagonist battles a number of hooded enemies in hand-to-hand combat.
Metallica released music videos for each track from their upcoming LP, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, starting Wednesday afternoon. The album, Metallica’s 10th, is out November 18th. The band will mark the release with a “Blackened Friday” event – a twist on Record Store Day’s Black Friday – at hundreds of independent record stores across the U.S. Fans participating in the midnight sale will be eligible to win items like limited edition vinyl slip mats and posters; the grand prize winner will receive the new album in a variety of formats, including the deluxe box set and a test pressing of the record.
In August, drummer Lars Ulrich spoke to Rolling Stone about Hardwired, detailing the album’s “simpler” songs. “We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we’ve done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and it becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes,” he said. “The songs are more linear. And by ‘less frenetic,’ I mean there are certainly less starts and stops in the songs. It cruises along a little bit more than the last record.”