Is Metallica’s New Song Too Metal For Rock Radio?

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Among the plethora of recent new rock songs to have come out, it seems that folks are much more into the new Godsmack song than that of the new Metallica song.

The two specific songs we are referring to are Godsmack’s “Surrender” and Metallica’s “Lux Æterna.” “Surrender,” which was released back in September, is a single off of the upcoming Godsmack album Lighting Up The Sky; “Lux Æterna,” which came out a couple of weeks ago, is a song off of the upcoming Metallica album 72 Seasons.

Over at Billboard, per data provided on their “Mainstream Rock Airplay” chart, “Surrender” has been on the chart for 10 weeks, and it has been in first place for five weeks. In contrast, “Lux Æterna” has been on the chart for one week, and its current peak position is second place.

Clearly, the people have spoken and they are really enjoying the new Godsmack song, but it sort of surprises us that the new Metallica song did not immediately take first place. We mean, this is Metallica after all – you might assume that a global juggernaut like them would easily take first place. But maybe, when it comes to those who listen to mostly rock (and not much metal), maybe Metallica is just too heavy for them.

But as it stands now, more rock listeners are into Godsmack’s “Surrender.” Perhaps with some additional time, “Lux Æterna” may surpass “Surrender.” Of the two songs, which one is your favorite?

In other news related to Metallica, the band will be taking off on a North American tour starting in 2023 – you can find all the dates and locations associated with that tour below.

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In 2023:

  • August 4th and 6th – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
    August 11th and 13th – Montreal, Canada – Stade Olympique
    August 18th and 20th – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
    August 25th and 27th – Los Angeles, CA – SOFI Stadium
    September 1st and 3rd – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    November 3rd and 5th – St. Louis, MO – The Dome (At America’s Center)
    November 10th and 12th – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

In 2024:

  • August 2nd and 4th – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    August 9th and 11th – Chicago, IL – Solider Field
    August 16th and 18th – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
    August 23rd and 25th – Edmonton, Canada – Commonwealth Stadium
    August 30th and September 1st – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field