Watch: Metallica performs 'Whiplash' in Sacramento, California

Metallica may have wrapped up its 2018 touring year, but fans pumped to catch the thrash-rock giants live in 2019 can whet their appetites with hi-def footage of a scorching performance of the band's 1983 single “Whiplash.” The performance took place during the “Enter Sandman” hitmaker's powerful 18-song set on Dec. 7 in Sacramento, California, at Golden1 Center.

The nine-time Grammy winners unveiled the posted the clip via Facebook on  Dec. 18. Originally recorded on the multi-platinum seller's debut studio album Kill 'Em All, “Whiplash” has become a Metallica live staple and has often been covered by other bands like Motorhead, who scored a Grammy Award for its rendition.

The clip opens with the song's instantly familiar rapid-fire intro. As the band blasts away at a machine gun tempo, frontman James Hetfield launches into the first verse, singing, “Late at night/All systems go/You’ve come to see the show.”

Metallica reissued the 30th-anniversary edition of their classic 1988 studio album ...And Justice for All on Nov. 2 via Blackened Recordings. It's available in a variety of editions here in digital, CD, cassette, streaming and vinyl formats.

Fans in the U.S. can catch Metallica live at their next gig, which will take place on Jan. 16 in Los Angeles at The Forum as part of “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell.” The multi-platinum sellers will re-launch the North American leg of their hugely successful WorldWired Tour on Jan. 18 in Tulsa, OK, at BOK Center. Grab your Metallica right here at AXS. For all the latest details on Metallica, click here.