Metallica lean into their strengths on hard-hitting new song, If Darkness Had a Son

(from left to right) James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform onstage at the Microsoft Theater on December 16, 2022 in Los Angeles
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images/P+, MTV)

Back in November, Metallica announced 72 Seasons, their 11th studio album and the long-awaited follow-up to their 2016 LP, Hardwired… To Self Destruct.

With the announcement came the release of the LP's thrashin' lead single, Lux Æterna, a tune that was followed up in January by the wah-laden scorcher, Screaming Suicide.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.