Metallica open up about the impact of Lemmy’s death

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'Where's our captain now?'

Metallica have paid a moving tribute to the late, great Lemmy – hailing the Motorhead frontman as their ‘captain’.

The metal heroes, whose new song ‘Murder One’ from upcoming album ‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’ is written in honour of Lemmy, have said that not only is he the reason for their existence, but that he death inspires them to carry on.

“I was pretty distraught when he passed,” Hetfield told Kerrang. “My vision of him was as a statue of a man that was immortal. When he passed it scared me, like, ‘where’s our captain now?’ He’s been a godfather to us. There’s no doubt that without him there wouldn’t be a Metallica. When he was around, it just felt like things were going to be okay.”

Hetfield continued: “Death always [brings things into perspective], especially this past year. My God, so many people have passed, iconic figures in music. But it almost did the opposite too. It made us really want to live and enjoy everything we have and soak up every scream from a fan, every sweat bead that flies off us. All the stuff we get to do, for the 35 years we’ve been doing it, it makes us feel super-blessed to still be doing it.”

Metallica release their first new album in eight years ‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’ on 18 November. Halloween saw the band unveil their new single ‘Atlas, Rise!’ – check it out here.

The day of release sees the band not only head to London’s HMV Oxford Street for a midnight signing with fans, but also play a special, intimate show at the House Of Vans among other ‘special events’ – visit here for details.