Spit Out the Bone

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"Spit Out the Bone"
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Single by Metallica
from the album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
ReleasedNovember 14, 2017
Genre Thrash metal [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • 7:09(album version)
  • 4:37 (radio edit)
Label Blackened
Producer(s) Greg Fidelman
Metallica singles chronology
"Now That We're Dead"
"Spit Out the Bone"
"Halo on Fire"

"Spit Out the Bone" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the fifth single from their tenth studio album, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016), on November 14, 2017, through Blackened Recordings. [5] The song made its live debut at The O2 Arena in London on October 24, 2017. [6] [7] "Spit Out the Bone" has been regarded as a fan and critic favorite from the album. [8] [9] [10] [11] The song is featured on the soundtrack for the WWE 2K19 video game.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

<i>Hardwired... to Self-Destruct</i> 2016 studio album by Metallica

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct is the tenth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released as a double album on November 18, 2016 by their vanity label Blackened Recordings. It is their first studio album in eight years following Death Magnetic (2008), marking the longest gap between two studio albums in the band's career. It is also their first studio album released through Blackened. Hardwired... to Self-Destruct was produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic.


Background and composition

Regarding the song's meaning, Metallica vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield said:

James Hetfield American musician, songwriter and record producer

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

"We could be a much more efficient race if we just allow computers to help us. And yeah, they are helping us, but how far does that go? All of that craziness. So 'Spit Out the Bone' is that your bones aren't needed. They break." [8]

Hetfield states the phrase "Spit Out the Bone" was taken from British punk rock band Charged GBH's song "Passenger on the Menu" from their 1982 album City Baby Attacked by Rats. [12]

Charged GBH band from the UK

Charged GBH, commonly known as GBH, are an English punk rock band which was formed in 1978 by vocalist Colin Abrahall, guitarist Colin "Jock" Blyth, bassist Sean McCarthy and Drummer Andy "Wilf" Williams. GBH were early pioneers of English street punk, often nicknamed "UK82", along with Discharge, Broken Bones, The Exploited and The Varukers. GBH have gone on to influence several punk rock musicians, as well as metal such, including the early Bathory albums.

<i>City Baby Attacked by Rats</i> album

City Baby Attacked by Rats is the debut album by the band Charged GBH. Released in 1982 on Clay Records and later rereleased by leading punk reissue label Captain Oi! in 2002 with bonus tracks. It is considered a landmark in the development of hardcore punk, especially the UK 82 scene. Recorded at Frank Skarth Recordings (FSR) in Birmingham, produced by Mike "Clay" Stone. It contains a rerecording of earlier single "Sick Boy".

On the writing of the song, drummer Lars Ulrich said:

Lars Ulrich Danish musician

Lars Ulrich is a Danish musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica. The son of tennis player Torben Ulrich and grandson of tennis player Einer Ulrich, he also played tennis in his youth and moved to Los Angeles at age 16 to train professionally. However, rather than playing tennis, Ulrich began playing the drums. After publishing an advertisement in The Recycler, Ulrich met vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and formed Metallica.

" '[Spit Out the Bone]' was just an adventure, man. I have versions of that song that are two to three minutes longer. We just kept going and going and going. That was also the first song where we went, 'Wait a minute, is there too much of a good thing here?' And then we started peeling it back. It was one of those where you just keep going to different universes and different modes and areas because it was super fun." [13]

Robert Trujillo, Metallica's bassist, singled "Spit Out the Bone" as the song from Hardwired... to Self-Destruct that he looked most forward to performing. [14] Metallica's lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, called "Spit Out the Bone" the "Mount Everest" of the new album, alluding to its complexity and speed. [15]

Music video

The music video of "Spit Out the Bone" was released on November 17, 2016 and was directed by Phil Mucci. [16] In keeping with the song's transhumanistic themes [8] , the video shows a group of renegade humans revolting against machine rule. [17] The music video was filmed in the Italian city of Matera. [18]



Chart (2016–17)Peak
US Hot Rock Songs ( Billboard ) [19] 32
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [20] 4

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