Metallica‘s mediocre album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct has sold one million copies in the United States according to the band. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct was self released on the band’s own Blackened Recordings label along with reissues of the band’s older, better 1980s material.
Metallica continue to prove that their fans are suckers willing to buy almost anything they shit out. Even their godawful Lulu collaboration with Lou Reed sold tens of thousands of copies in the United States. All of these are excuses for Metallica to tour and play their hits and fan favorite tracks to a never ending crowd of aging fans and fifteen year old boys. Metallica never became God-Emperors of metal (Manowar are the self-crowned kings of metal), they became what teenagers listen to after Led Zeppelin IV.