This week we learned that going to concerts regularly will lead to a happier life — at least according to one study. In a survey of 1,000 Australians, Victoria’s Deakin University found that those who attended any sort of communal musical experience reported higher levels of satisfaction with their lives. And lest you go thinking that a VR trip to Coachella will be good enough, the study insisted that the “communal” aspect of the experience was the key. While we might not be dancing to these tunes in the same room, maybe you’ll get some benefit from all of us listening to these great new songs together.
10. Metallica – “Hardwired”
Metallica are finally back. The band have announced their first album in eight years entitled Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which will drop on November 18th via Blackened Recordings. Hardwired will be a double album and serve as the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. Alongside the announcement, Metallica have released their lead title single, a thrashed throwback to the ferociously raw Kill ‘Em All. Hetfield wields his staple apocalyptic growl as the song is filled to the brim with whiplash riffs, frenetic kick drums, high-tempo pummeling power chords, and crash-and-burn solos. –Alejandra Ramirez