Metallica Is Recording New Songs
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently did an interview with HeavyMetalAbout.com and confirmed that the band is in the process of recording some new songs for the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic” album.
Asked if it’s “freeing” for Metallica to be at the point in its career where the band doesn’t have to record new albums and is able to do what they want, Hammett responded: “Absolutely. One always wants to work at the pace that they’re most comfortable at. It’s been about, what, seven or eight years since our last album? It doesn’t feel like that to me, but I know it is.”
He continued: “Our first three albums came out in our first three years, and for some reason that boggles my mind nowadays. Back then, it was just what everyone did. New year, new album and tour. Even a generation before that it was every six months a new album and tour. So, having said all that, taking seven or eight years between albums is a lot of time, but we’ve filled it up with other things, like making a movie, making an album with Lou Reed, going on tour pretty regularly.”
Metallica singer James Hetfield was the first to confirm that the band was in the studio recording the follow-up to “Death Magnetic”. Bassist Robert Trujillo told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band was enjoying the writing process. “We’re having a really amazing time,” he said. “It’s fun, it’s a lot of hard work, it’s like you’re looking at that mountain of ideas and you’re like, ‘Okay, it’s time to climb this beast and do what we’ve got to do.’ I’d say we’ve pretty much exhausted our touring cycles, so we’re really, really excited about nurturing the songs and bringing them to life and that’s where we’re at right now.”
Drummer Lars Ulrich recently told RollingStone.com that Metallica had written close to 20 new songs and declined to offer a possible release date for the new CD.
He added that the band doesn’t want to record in a way that feels “labored over and overthought.”
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