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Metallica honors Lemmy Kilmister with 'Murder One' music video

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Following Metallica’s announcement that the band will release music videos for each song on their new album, the group debuted a colorful tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister in the form of their “Murder One” video on Wednesday.

The video, directed by Robert Valley, is an animated trip through Kilmister’s legendary career, and follows the rocker as he rises up through the ranks, first as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, and eventually as frontman for Motörhead. The clip begins in 1975 with Kilmister being ousted from the band Hawkwind, which lit the fire for him to form “the dirtiest band in the world.” The video features Kilmister’s iconic flowing hair, cowboy hat, and, of course, middle finger.

The song itself is a tribute to Kilmister as well, as he nicknamed his amp “Murder One,” and the song’s lyrics reference different Motörhead songs, like “Iron Horse,” “Born to Lose,” “The Hammer,” and “Ace of Spades.”

After Kilmister’s death at age 70 last December, Metallica posted a tribute on their Facebook page, saying the rocker was “one of the primary reasons this band exists.”

The song is off of the band’s latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, out Nov. 18.

Watch the clip below.

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