It's happening this year! Metallica have just announced that they'll be releasing their new album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct, on Nov. 18. With that news also comes a music video for the feisty, three minute neck-wrecker, "Hardwired," which can be viewed above.

The eight year drought following Death Magnetic is finally over and Metallica have finally put the rumors of a new album coming out this year to rest. The band had been reluctant to confirm a 2016 release, though drummer Lars Ulrich hinted it would be out this year unless there was some "cosmic reason" to hold on to the record until next year.

"Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink," said Ulrich. "We're obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there. We've been rockin' along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in ... INCOMING!" And speaking of "incoming," check out the new video for "Hardwired" posted above.

"Hardwired" is a punchy, concise track that opens with a barrage of snare rolls and chugging. Tearing into a breakneck pace, James Hetfield's energetic, choppy delivery harkens back to the band's dominant '80s sound and an undisputed riffing frenzy. Injecting fleet-fingered guitar fills, Metallica cram a lot of action into just three minutes, raising the intensity with furious double kicks that helped Lars make his name in metal drumming more than three decades ago.

As for the artwork for Hardwired... To Self-Destruct (seen below), it showcases a warped amalgamation of each band member's face, joined into one sincerely terrifying head. In fact, it looks like some kind of monster! The band's traditional angular logo has also been altered, reflecting a glitchy font as a middle section has been skewed. The single artwork features just Hetfield with two pairs of eyes, a distorted, agape mouth, all drenched in a red hue. Meanwhile, the track listing for the disc can be found below.

Pre-order options are available at the band's website, including digital, CD, various vinyl options including a box set and more. At present, only a concert this Saturday (Aug. 20) at Minneapolis U.S. Bank Stadium and a Sept. 24 appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City are on their schedule, but you can keep up with their touring announcements here.

Metallica, Hardwired ... To Self-Destruct Track Listing

Regular Album (On CD, Vinyl & Digital Formats)

Disc One
1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We're Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two
1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone

Deluxe Version (On CD & Vinyl only):

Disc One
1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We're Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two
1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three
1. Lords Of Summer
2. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
3. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
4. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
5. Plow (Riff Origins)
6. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
7. RIP (Riff Origins)
8. Lima (Riff Origins)
9. 91 (Riff Origins)
10. MTO (Riff Origins)
11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
13. CHI (Riff Origins)
14. X Dust (Riff Origins)

Metallica, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct Album Art

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Metallica, 'Hardwired' Single Art

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