March 5, 2015

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich did an interview with and said that the band has written close to 20 new songs for their 10th studio album.

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Ulrich said they’re close to entering the studio in the near future. Ulrich added, “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them. It’s pretty close.”

He continued, “In our world, there’s been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase. With this project, we’re trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you’re first playing a song into the studio.”


Bassist Robert Trujillo said there’s always a surplus of new song ideas coming out of frontman James Hetfield: “James usually comes up with a lot of stuff. He’s the kind of guy where he plugs in his guitar, turns a volume knob or a, you know, a tone knob, and he comes up with, you know, the greatest riff that you can imagine. So in that case, there’s no shortage of riffs and ideas.”

The new Metallica record will follow up 2008’s Death Magnetic.