Metallica took an eight-year hiatus — the longest in their career — before releasing their 10th studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct in 2016. The band proved they were still the biggest dogs in the junkyard even 30 years after their debut album Kill‘Em All, releasing their sixth No. 1 album in a row, going platinum for the 10th time. Yes, all 10 of Metallica’s studio albums are platinum-certified, an amazing legacy through three decades of music.
“Now That We’re Dead” was released as a single off the album, a love song with a twist from Metallica. The lyrics tell the story of tragic love, told from the point of view of a lover left behind after their partner passes away. Metallica frontman James Hetfield compared it to the telling of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, with the chorus —“now that we’re dead, my dear, we can be together” — building around the concept of forlorn love. The protagonist knows death is coming and embraces it, finally able to find love again and“live forever” with their partner.