And the fans fucking HATE it. I don't even really listen to Metallica anymore, but they're one of the few metal bands I still look into when they put out new shit. Metallica fans can be the most ignorant and reality-blind fans you'll ever argue with, sure, but they'll defend their band to the death. As I read reactions to the single on Facebook and Youtube the response was overwhelmingly negative. I'll even say that I really didn't like it when I first heard it. I still don't really like it.
I think a lot of fans expected a full-on Metallica album with some guest vocals, which is where a lot of the disappointment probably came from. Still, it really doesn't flow well as a song and sounds like an overly-long skit that a bad metal band would put in between tracks on their album. I'll still listen to the full album when it comes out, but Reed's style of singing just doesn't appeal to me. Motherfucker doesn't even sing, he just talks passionately like a preacher.