Metallica Planning to Offer Unused Riffs to the Public

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Metallica have often said they have more riffs than they know what to do with.

Now Lars Ulrich has revealed that the group is talking about making its unused riffs available to others.

During a Q&A session at SiriusXM’s New York studios on September 26, Ulrich said, “The biggest issue we have is…we have too much material. Every time James picks up a guitar, there’s a riff in there. He’s tuning his guitar, like, ‘Hey, wait a minute, record that.’ I’m writing, ‘January 27th at 2:53.’

“The issue is, what’s the triple-A-plus stuff?

“There may be hundreds of great riffs, but there are only 20 that can carry a song because of this domino thing that happens: ‘How do you go from a riff to a verse to a bridge to a chorus?’

“But the great riffs? We’re talking about garage sales. We talk about making them available to other bands if they want them. We’re overwhelmed by great riffs.”

Will it actually happen? And will the material be copyright free? Time will tell.

In the meantime, if you missed it, Metallica released the video for their latest track, “Moth Into Flame.” You can check it out here.