Metallica reveal new song ‘Murder One’ is inspired by Lemmy

'Murder One' features many of the late Motorhead singer's lyrics

Metallica have revealed that their new song ‘Murder One’ was inspired by late Motorhead singer Lemmy.

The band have long been fans of Motorhead, and are paying tribute to Lemmy on their new album ‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’ following the singer’s death last December. ‘Murder One’ includes many of Lemmy’s lyrics.

In an interview on Sirius XM, James Hetfield said: “Motorhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now. Lemmy as an entity – a kind of father figure – helped us a lot. He was unafraid and he was a character. And he was himself. We all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”


Lars Ulrich explained how following Motorhead around on tour as a fan helped him want to take Metallica seriously. Ulrich said: “When I came back to Southern California, I called James up and said: ‘Listen, we’ve got to give this a shot.’ Motorhead is the catalyst.”

‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’ is released on November 4 and is Metallica’s first full album since ‘Death Magnetic’ in 2008. It’s made with their regular producer Greg Fidelman, but Hetfield said they considered branching out for the album. He said: “We said ‘Let’s mix it up. Let’s use someone who doesn’t even know rock and go really sideways.’ But at the end of the day, we know Greg and he knows us.”

Metallica have so far previewed ‘Hardwired’ and ‘Moth Into Flame’ from the album.