Metallica plays in Seattle for the first time in nine years. The thrash-metal pioneers are touring in support of their new album “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct.”
Metallica fans in the Northwest will finally have something to roar about — expect them to be Beast Mode loud — when the band takes the stage for the first time in nine years at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
The pioneering thrash-metal band from the Bay Area hasn’t been inactive even though it’s been nearly a decade since Metallica has played in Seattle. During that stretch, the four-piece band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, toured relentlessly through Europe and South America and released a collaborative album with Lou Reed.
Also giving fans a reason to rejoice is that 2016’s “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct,” the band’s first studio album in eight years, has them sounding much more like vintage Metallica. Rolling Stone gave the album fours stars and reviews from the tour indicate new songs like “Hardwired,” “Atlas, Rise” and “Moth into Flame” have been getting a warm reception sandwiched between early favorites like “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Master of Puppets” and “Seek and Destroy.”
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6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $55.50-$155.50 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
“Hardwired …” marks a return to the band’s earlier thrash-metal sound and the title track has already racked up 34 million plays on Spotify. It’s also the band’s sixth consecutive No. 1 album and the first release for Blackened, a label Metallica started after leaving Warner Bros., which released the dismally sounding “Death Magnetic” in 2008.
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