Iron Maiden did the same on their latest LP, but they had a 10, 13, and 18 minute track.
I'm surprised Metallica have gone for a double LP considering everything from Load onwards has been almost 80 minutes. Whereas before they would fade out the last track in order to fit it in, I guess they didn't want to cut short any track. Though the cynic in me thinks, because the RIAA classify double-albums as two sales, this is Metallica's way of near-guaranteeing it goes platinum in an age where only Taylor Swift achieves that.
The track itself does its job. A wee bit Kill 'Em All with modern production. I'm one of those cunts who prefer Metallica: Hard Rock Band so I'm not over the moon with it or anything. We'll see how the rest of the album plays out.... across those 2 discs. Those 2 needless discs.
Load lasts 78:59 which, apparently, is the absolute limit.