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Metallica, Muse deliver Halloween goodies

By Gary Graff
October 31, 2016

Some Halloween treats from a couple of our favorite guitar-slinging bands.

Metallica has released a free, limited edition Halloween mask via independent record stores, inspired by the twisted facial cover image from the upcoming Hardwired…To Self-Destruct album.

The cardboard mask features cut-out eye holes and was announced by the band on Instagram. At 3 p.m. ET on Halloween itself, meanwhile, Metallica will release a new song from the album, “Atlas, Rise!” Those with masks will receive a download code allowing them to access the track at 2:30 p.m.

Across the pond, Muse has posted a Halloween Special surprise online — a video featuring the trio performing the Cramps’ 1981 song “New Kind of Kick” in costume, with singer-guitarist Matt Bellamy rockin’ an impressive pompadour.

The video shows Muse playing the song in front of a screen showing snippets of horror movies, while a witch-like character prowls around the set. Muse isn’t the first band to cover “New Kind of Kick;” the Jesus and Mary Chain released a live version as the B-side of its single “Come On” in 1994.