More than a week after Metallica debuted the music video for "Hardwired," which is the flagship single for their upcoming album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, the band released a short film showing how the clip was made.
The nearly five-minute behind-the-scenes video, shows band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Robert Tujillo and Kirk Hammett inside a high school gym in San Rafael, California. It also revealed how the members of the film crew were able to transform the gym's indoor basketball court into a dark studio through the use of black curtains.
Once the filming began, the Metallica members were arranged with their backs against each other. Surrounding them was a circular track for the camera. To add to the menacing and gritty appearance of the music video, the film crew installed a revolving mini spotlight on the floor.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich revealed that "Hardwired" was the last song written by the band for Hardwired... to Self-Destruct. According to the 52-year-old drummer, it took him and Hetfield about a week to finish composing the single.
"A couple of months ago, we were sitting there taking stock of the record and thought maybe we should write one more fast, little crazy song, and that became 'Hardwired,'" he told Rolling Stone. "It just kind of happened. I think James and I wrote and recorded it in less than a week, which, for us, is basically a nanosecond."
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, Metallica's 10th studio album and the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, is scheduled to come out on Nov. 18, 2016.