Metallica explains the meaning behind his new song “Screaming Suicide.”
On Friday (January 20), the legendary heavy metal band unveiled the second single from its upcoming 11th studio album, 72 Seasons, which is scheduled for release on April 14th through Blackened Recordings. “Screaming Suicide” addresses “the taboo word of suicide,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield writes in a statement.
“The intention is to communicate the darkness we feel inside,” says the singer and guitarist. “It is ridiculous to think that we should deny that we have these thoughts. At one time or another I think most people have thought about it. To face it is to speak the unsaid. If it is a human experience, we should be able to talk about it. You’re not alone.”
The release of “Screaming Suicide” was accompanied by a black-and-white music video directed by Tim Saccenti. The clip YouTube caption links to numerous suicide prevention agencies worldwide.
72 reasons is Metallica’s first studio album since Hardwired…for self-destructionwhich debuted as the band’s sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in December 2016. The cut group previewed its upcoming album in November with the first single “Lux Æterna”, which launched at No. 1 he Billboard‘s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart and topped Mainstream Rock Airplay.
Metallica will launch a world tour in support of 72 reasons at the end of April.
Check out the band’s explanation of “Screaming Suicide” on Instagram below.
If you are thinking about suicide, or are worried about a friend or loved one, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24 hours a day, at 1-800-273-8255.