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 record 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 not to feature songwriting contributions from lead guitarist Kirk Hammett since he joined the band in 1983, and their first studio album released through Blackened. The album was Metallica’s sixth consecutive studio album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200, earning 291,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Overall, the album topped the charts in 57 countries in its first week.