Metallica Premiere "Moth into Flame" at New York City's Webster Hall

Metallica gave their new song, “Moth into Flame,” its live debut at Webster Hall in New York City last night, September 27.

“Moth into Flame” is the latest single from the group’s upcoming album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, scheduled for release November 18. The band issued the song September 26.

Guitarist James Hetfield tells The Pulse of Radio that “Moth into Flame” features some his favorite lyrics and that the new album features “simpler” songs than previous Metallica records.

"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 becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes,” he explains. “The songs are more linear.”

You can find fan-filmed videos of “Moth into Flame” and several other songs below, plus the band's Webster Hall set list.

Metallica Webster Hall, NYC, 9/27/16 Set List

  • 1. Breadfan (Budgie cover) (First time played live since 2013)
  • 2. Holier Than Thou (First time played live since 2013)
  • 3. Battery
  • 4. Harvester of Sorrow
  • 5. Fade to Black
  • 6. Moth Into Flame (Live Debut)
  • 7. Sad But True
  • 8. Orion (First time played live since 2014)
  • 9. One
  • 10. Master of Puppets
  • 11. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • 12. Enter Sandman
  • Encore:
  • 13. Whiskey in the Jar
  • 14. Hardwired
  • 15. Seek & Destroy (followed by very brief “The Frayed Ends of Sanity” jam session)

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.