Watch Metallica Rock ‘Colbert’ with ‘Now That We’re Dead’

The Bay Area thrash band positively slayed.

By Annie Reuter

Metallica stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday (May 15) for a face-melting performance of “Now That We’re Dead,” from the band’s new album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. During a day off from their WorldWired Tour, Metallica dropped by the New York studio to share with the studio audience what fans get to experience every night on the road — sans the blazing pyro and fireworks display.

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Frontman James Hetfield opened the song with a very metal introduction: “If you want to live forever, then first you must die!”

The declaration set the tone for a five-minute performance filled with rhythmic shifts, chugging riffs, caustic vocals and a ripping solo. Check it out below:

Metallica’s WorldWired Tour runs through August.

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