It's been quite a week for Metallica, who are on the heels of their Global Citizen Festival performance in the historic Central Park in New York. The thrashers hit the airwaves on SiriusXM this morning (Sept. 26) for a three song set on The Howard Stern Show.

The Bay Area boys opened up with "Master of Puppets" (video above) after James Hetfield explained to Stern that he'll see young fans in the front with raised fists screaming along with the song when they play it live. The corner of the studio is not ideal for a metal act, but Metallica fill it out with overwhelmingly crunchy, thick guitar tones and Robert Trujillo's floor-hugging bass.

Up next was the 'Black Album' favorite, "Sad But True" (video below), which also sounded arrestingly heavy with their current tone setup. The mid-tempo stomper was the perfect middle ground for this abbreviated set, as they settled into the song's groove following the riffing barrage of "Master of Puppets." No footage of the closing track, the new single "Hardwired," has been made available as of yet.

Metallica will continue to enjoy a whirlwind of special appearances and performances during their time in New York with an intimate, chance entry by MetClub lottery submission, show at Webster Hall tomorrow (Sept. 27). The thrash vets will also be guesting on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 29.

Earlier today, the group released a music video for the new track "Moth Into Flame." The song clocks in at just over six minutes and is the second single to be released from the highly-anticipated Hardwired... To Self Destruct. The new album will arrive on Nov. 18 through the band's own Blackened Recordings and can be pre-ordered here.

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