Metallica debuted a new song on June 6, 2006 in Germany, as part of their “Escape From The Studio ’06” tour. The untitled song, dubbed “The New Song” by front man James Hetfield, has been posted online at three known locations: #1, #2, #3 (password: www.metallica-world.de).
Metallica have been writing new material for the follow up to 2003’s St. Anger. St. Anger, the first studio album in 6 years since Reload went to #1 in numerous countries but suffered back-lash from fans who felt as though the “Metallica sound” had disappeared. The new song clocks in at 9 minutes and 37 seconds, including Hetfield’s intro. Fans will be glad to know that there is a solo.
Blabbermouth.net reported that the band has played their entire Master of Puppets (1986) album on the first two dates of the tour. Also on the set list are rarely played songs such as "Disposable Heroes" and "Orion."
The band will resume work on the new album after the tour is over.