Metallica gave their new song, “Moth into Flame,” its live debut at Webster Hall in New York City last night, September 27.
“Moth into Flame” is the latest single from the group’s upcoming album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, scheduled for release on November 18. The band issued the song on September 26.
Guitarist James Hetfield tells The Pulse of Radio that “Moth into Flame” features some his favorite lyrics and that the new album features “simpler” songs than previous Metallica records.
“We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we’ve done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes,” he explains. “The songs are more linear.”
A fan-filmed video of “Moth into Flame” is below. The set list for the Webster Hall show is at bottom.
Metallica Webster Hall, NYC, 9/27/16 Set List
1. Breadfan (Budgie cover) (First time played live since 2013)
2. Holier Than Thou (First time played live since 2013)
4. Harvester of Sorrow
5. Fade to Black
6. Moth Into Flame (Live Debut)
7. Sad But True
8. Orion (First time played live since 2014)
10. Master of Puppets
11. For Whom the Bell Tolls
12. Enter Sandman
13. Whiskey in the Jar
15. Seek & Destroy (followed by very brief “The Frayed Ends of Sanity” jam session)