Kirk Hammett says Metallica have been recording new tracks for what will be their first album in seven years and the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic.
“Let’s just say that the stuff that’s coming up is super riffy, super heavy,” he tells Tim Virgin of Chicago’s WLUP-FM 97.9 in an interview conducted prior to Metallica’s August 1 performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago. “It’s a lot similar to Death Magnetic but different in certain parts.”
Hammett adds, “There’s a couple of songs that remind me of something on [1988’s] …And Justice for All, but the album doesn’t sound like …And Justice for All."
The new album won’t be released until 20016 at the earliest.
In the interview, which you can watch below in the first video, Hammett explains that although Metallica appear to be taking downtime in the lengthy periods between their one-off shows, they are in fact busy working on new material.
“It seems like we might not be doing anything in between that show and this show, but what we are doing is we are in the studio, we’re recording, we’re working on music,” he says. “And when we’re in the process of making an album, we’re in for, like, weeks at a time doing exactly that. And so, when it gets closer to the actual gig time, that’s when we start rehearsing the tunes that we’re gonna be playing.
“And so, for us, it’s just another date on the calendar, and we are active throughout that whole period. The only thing is that we have to shift the thinking from being in the studio and being creative in those terms to playing a live performance and getting the set list together.”
Hammett adds that the band is “constantly” assessing what musical direction it will take with each album. “A lot of times, we don’t know where it’s going, and we just kind of have to just keep it on the road and see where it takes us,” he says. “And, at this point, we’re still on that road and we’re wondering where it’s gonna take us.”
In the second video below, Virgin asks Hammett to share with listeners something about his personal life that would “blow their mind.” Kirk complies, and the answer will certainly surprise you.