Metallica’s Kirk Hammett: “The Next Album Will Be a Heavier ‘Black Album'”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Metallica recently discussed the details of their next album, which according to drummer Lars Ulrich, the band are “About seven, eight songs into.”

Ulrich went onto say about the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic: “We do it in rounds. We come up with something, we leave it, go to the next thing, come up with something basic, leave it and circle back around. Next month we’ll go back and start embellishing: ‘Let’s double that one part and come up with a middle bit.'”

Guitarist Kirk Hammett also said that the album would differ musically from its predecessor. “If Death Magnetic was a logical successor to [1988’s] …And Justice For All, the next album will be a heavier ‘Black Album.'”

“We’re not going to the depths of complexity that we did for Death Magnetic,” Hammett goes onto say. “The stuff we’re coming up with is more groove-oriented, a heavier version of what we were doing in the early 90s.”

Coincidentally, Metallica will be playing their 1991 landmark self-titled record at several European festivals this summer.

“Right now, I’m thinking shorter, more to-the-point,” confirmed Ulrich about the musical direction of the new material..

Ulrich and Hammett also discussed the reports, which were confirmed last week, that Metallica are working on a 3D movie. “We didn’t want to do it at first,” Hammett admits. “We were sold on it by our managers, that it would be a lot of fun and we would have a big-ass stage to play on—the biggest Metallica live show we’ve ever done, next-level stuff.”

According to Ulrich, though, the film will be a lot more than just concert footage. “Imagine if you took [1976 Led Zeppelin film] The Song Remains The Same, which is 75 percent concert, 25 percent other stuff, and flipped it around,” says Ulrich. “And all the non-concert footage, instead of being about the band members, is a story that unfolds, set against the backdrop of the concert.”



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  • Karl – 2 Time Champion

    Sounds terrible already….I wish they would do another “Kill em’ All.”  How could any Metallica fan expect anything good from the people that brought us “Lulu,” “Death Magnetic,” and “St. Anger?”

    • Karl Schuff33

      ARE YOU A RETARD. Death Magnetic was really good. If you read close enough they say that they are going to be doing short fast stuff like on kill em all. yes Lulu sucked but it wasn’t their music. it was Lou Reeds songs and singing. Metallica only did the instruments. I expect this new album to be great.

    • Mr Soundgarden

      Your a typical pathetic fan living in the past, why would they want to do another Kill em all? Musicians make music for themselves first and foremost if people like it, they will like it. If they made another Kill em all that would be selling out, as they would be making music for what they think the fans want to hear..

      Do you really think they care if Karl-2 Time Toss Pot buys the movie/album? They are fucking rich, and just doing what they want to do as they are in a position to do so. IF YOU GUYS HATE METALLICA THEN FUCK OFF AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM, INCLUDING POSTING CRAP FUCKING WHINING SHIT THAT I HAVE TO READ BEFORE POSTING.. BTW I dont even really listen to Metallica anymore but I dont fucking cry about what they do.. Fucks Sake

      • Zorlac79

        Looks like you forgot to take your meds. Or go to your anger management meeting.
        Sounds like you have been scarred, don’t worry, your in a safe place now.
        Tell us, where did he touch you?

      • Zorlac79

        “why would they want to do another Kill em all”

        For the same reason that is all they play live, is their old stuff, since that is all they did that was worth a damn. And then all they do is butcher it with terrible singing and blatant arrogance.

  • Karl – 2 Time Champion

    Oh and good luck following the steps of Justin Beiber with your new movie….sellouts.

  • R_reens

    @ Karl Schuff33…You don’t know shit dude. Lulu was Metallica music. It was Lou Reed that did lines from an old russian play. Metallica just did bullshit under it. Metallica SUCKS!!!!!!!!! Thank you Bob Rock for fucking with a good formula. Also…James can’t write a riff to save his life anymore. I played drums better than Lars when I was 19.

    R.I.P. Cliff Burton.

    • Mr Soundgarden

      I liked your status cause you are obviously a retard. Lulu was mainly Lou Reed with Metallica as a backing band writing in the way of Lou Reeds style, which has always been a very simple repetitive song writing process, which you would know if you have heard any Lou Reed. I hear you judging both James and Lars but back it up shitface, you-tube some of your drumming and guitar riffs!!! If you can prove what you say ill congratulate you..

  • megastaine

    megadeth still kills em all , i dont care about album sales megadeth has always stayed true to metal fans, well one album off but Dave has been out playing them for years , i just dont get all the hype around this band they stopped being metal after puppets

    • metallicaawwwyeaaa

      …and justice for all isn’t a metal album for you?
      and metallica can play whatever they want. for them obviously it’s not just about metal..

      • Zorlac79

        Nope, it’s about the money these days…. sadly.
        They were my all time favorite while growing up, but they have destroyed the best band to ever exist, and that was Metallica.
        These jokers today are definitely not the Metallica we knew and loved.

    • Mr Soundgarden

      Im a massive Megadeth fan, more so than Metallica these days. But Megadeth released; Cryptic writings & Risk, both are not Metal(although i like both albums). And how can you say And Justice For All is not Metal???? It is the most Metal Metallica album. Also Metallica can do whatever they want as they are musicians first and foremost, Metal fans need to get a grip some bands like other music that is not metal. Metallica has always evolved and always will. If people dont like them fine, just stop fucking complaining about them. Siiick of that shit

  • Adamjamesjacobs86

    m/ Mean more metal ! hardcore tallica fan caught the drumstick last time the played in Brisbane was epic until some fuck grabbed it off me YOU BASTARD !!! Go the four Horsemen! 

  • metallikyle

    Love all Metallica can’t wait till there next album comes out