Last November, Metallica had announced that the band is releasing its first album in six years. The heavy metal group just dropped a new single from the anticipated release 72 Seasons, called “If Darkness Had a Son.”
The seven-minute track comes with an accompanying music video directed by Tim Saccenti, who had previously collaborated with Metallica on the visuals for “Screaming Suicide” and “Lux Æterna.”
In the lyrics, frontman James Hetfield says: “The beast still shouts for what it’s yearning/ He stokes the fire, desire burning/ The never-ending quenchless craving/ The unforgiving misbehaving/ If darkness had a son, here I am/ Temptation is his father/ If darkness had a son, here I am/ I bathe in holy water/ Temptation, leave me be.”
72 Seasons is a 12-track album produced by Greg Fidelman, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich. The follow-up to Hardwired…To Self-Destruct will be available April 14th, 2023.
Watch the official music video for “If Darkness Had a Son” here: