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."